JOB PURPOSE: Purchase goods and services at the most beneficial terms for the organization. Qualifies suppliers, evaluates quotes/bids and negotiates prices and terms for purchased goods and services. Tracks purchases, monitors supplier quality and maintains a database of supplier information.
KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: • Adhere to laser, general manufacturing, and facility safety requirements. • Negotiate contracts and orders with suppliers regarding costs and terms which are beneficial to the organization. • Works with Quality to prepare and conduct supplier evaluations, qualifications, and audits. • Implement supplier corrective action and continuous performance improvement plans. • Continuously reduce costs of goods and services through value engineering with suppliers. • Ensure that supply chain meets target costs & lead times. • Source, qualify, and assist in the development of new suppliers. • Work with the organization’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Material Requirements Planning (MRP) system to material planning and reporting. • Expedite materials and services as they pertain to the needs of the organization. • Work with the operations team to create forecasts, build plans, spare part forecasts, and inventory plans • Manage the organizations complete supply chain. • Breakdown build and spare parts plans into material schedules and place orders consistent with supplier lead-times. • Support demands for production, engineering, and product development. • Management of the Request for Quote (RFQ) processes. • Order confirmations and package tracking • Return Material Authorization (RMA) submission and tracking. • Weekly reporting – PO status report, situation report, shortage report, etc. • Support and resolve employee questions pertaining to purchasing. • Interfaces with Manufacturing, Quality, Engineering, Facilities, Building Management, Housekeeping services and other sites as necessary. • Collaborate on duties including, but not limited to; preparation of presentations, errands related to purchasing, coordinating contractors for facility maintenance, shipping/receiving assistance, etc.
RESPONSIBILITIES • Experience working in optomechanical, electronics, and/or mechanical production environments • Knowledge in supply chain management, purchasing, logistics and supplier qualification processes. • Effective supplier management skills • Knowledge of duty and tax rules and regulations
QUALIFICATIONS Essential • This is a technical buying position; the candidate must have experience working in a manufacturing environment. • 2 - year technical diploma/degree with 4 years of experience, Or • 2- years of related military training and 4 years of experience, Or • 6 plus years of on-the-job training and experience • Experience with Material Requirements Planning (MRP) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, preferably Navision or Infor LN • Awareness of inventory items, especially high value items that may have long lead times • Must be able to interact with individuals at all levels of an organization, as well as potential and current suppliers and customers. • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, multi-task, and work well under pressure.
Desirable • Technical B.S. degree a plus • Experience in procurement and planning of optical, mechanical, and electronic products • Experience in Metrology and/or LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging)
COMPETENCIES • Excellent verbal and written communication skills • Ability to work in a team environment • Ability to recommend quality, productivity, and cost reduction improvements • May be requested to assist in other job duties as required within the facility • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of applications including but not limited to Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. • Work in an environment where Six-Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Total Quality Leadership, Kaizen, and 5S tools and techniques, are constantly applied to obtain quality and productivity improvements and to reduce all costs • Liaise with other departments in a timely manner to ensure a smooth process is in place • Actively work on solutions for faults that are found • Maintain a clean, tidy, and organized area up to the standard required
WORKING ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Must be able to lift up to 35 pounds. 5%-10% domestic and/or international travel Working inside static controlled or other controlled areas