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Pacific, MO


  • The Buyer is responsible for the daily management of PO’s and delivery updates focusing on maintaining target stock levels in support of on time shipments to customers.
  • The position works closely with supply planning, procurement, and distribution to align production plans with company goals connected to inventory management and maintaining low levels of obsolescence.
  • The successful candidate for this position has experience in the manufacturing industry and a strong understanding of supply chain management concepts.


  • Purchasing Cycle
    • Release PO’s based on anticipated demand to provide an uninterrupted flow of materials and services
    • Coordinate with suppliers, including sending, confirming, and communicating all PO related changes to the supplier in a timely manner.
    • Maintain the accuracy of the open POs and PO records.
    • Expedite orders that are needed in less than the normal lead time to improve the shortfall between the current plan and the requirements to meet or exceed customer expectations.
    • Proactive communication with suppliers when delivery dates are coming due as well as anytime that delivery and/or components issues arise.
    • Monitor on-time delivery, report any foreseen issues, and contribute to improvements in delivery metrics.
    • Conduct daily reviews of shortage and expedites reports to maintain inventory levels.
    • Follow up with suppliers to eliminate delivery exceptions.
    • Perform immediate follow-up with vendors if purchase order has not been delivered or has not been scheduled for delivery.
    • Once PO has been received, review to close PO out of the system.
    • Verify pricing and make changes as needed on the PO and in our system.
  • Assist the Materials Manager with maintaining proper inventory levels of materials used on a regular basis.
    • Keep inventory investment to a minimum.
    • Know how to perform order rescheduling in MRP and understand the various MRP output reports.
    • Rush or defer orders to align with changing customer requirements.
    • Maintain lead time and minimum order quantities on purchase parts in ERP system.
  • Monitor and advise on any issues which present risk or opportunity to the organization.
    • Anticipate needs and respond to concerns and conflicts.
  • Manage the life cycle of vendors.
    • Identify and pre-qualify potential vendors/alternate sources to meet quality and engineering requirements.
    • Build and maintain relationships with key suppliers.
    • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with reliable suppliers based on total cost of procurement, negotiating favorable pricing, solicit and evaluate quotes.
    • Participate in the supplier performance process.
    • Act as a point of contact between the company and suppliers.
    • Make sure address/contact/phone is kept up to date.
  • Miscellaneous Ordering
    • Submit POs for Engineering and Quality for needed items.
    • Order office supplies and check that we keep stock on needed items.
    • Order cleaning products for factory.
  • Scheduling: Be a backup for the Materials Manager in scheduling production and customer orders as they come in.
  • Freight/Customs: Participate in freight calculations and make sure items are coded correctly for customs.


  • Understand standard enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) system technologies.
  • Have knowledge of the foundations of the ERP system
  • Understand the basic principles and operations of the ERP system.
  • Incorporate methods and techniques involved in lean and Just-in-Time (JIT) management.
    • Effectively calculate the inventory required to restock products or parts with inventory models including.
      • Visual Review
      • Two-bin inventory system
      • Periodic review
      • Order Point
  • Identify and reduce or eliminate waste in all areas of a supply chain.
  • High degree of comfort learning and working with computer systems
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Analytical and methodical approach to problem solving.
  • Ability to work well in a team.
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Communicate clearly to avoid misunderstanding.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to accept responsibility and accountability for one’s actions.
  • Demonstrate trustworthiness and professionalism with clients, peers, and team members.
  • Strong work ethic with excellent organization, time management, and problem-solving skills
  • Anticipate changes in work demands and participate in assignments or training that address these changing demands; treat unexpected circumstances as opportunities to learn.

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