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Buyer/Planner

Portland, Oregon 97224 | Direct Hire

Post Date: 05/08/2018 Job ID: 18403 Industry: Project Management

Position Title:  Buyer/Planner

Position Description:  Protingent Staffing has an exciting opportunity with our client in Portland, Oregon. This position is responsible for purchasing commercial off-the-shelf communications equipment and fabricated parts including custom sheet metal, cables and machined parts in support of the company’ s product lines. It is also responsible for helping to plan and ensure manufacturing schedules are met. This is a fast-paced working environment with multiple competing priorities. The successful candidate will know how to coordinate and communicate among the various customer groups to achieve all of the desired purchasing priorities.

Job Requirements:
  • Runs gross/shortage reports to support purchasing products and to support PSP schedules/activities
  • Processes/rolls up production orders
  • Facilitates solutions to schedule changes and issues with suppliers
  • Helps create production schedules with Purchasing Supervisor and Manufacturing Manager and Supervisor
  • Understands production goals and customer demand and helps resolve any issues so that this demand is met
  • Purchase fabricated parts including custom sheet metal, cables and machined parts in support of the company’ s proprietary products
  • Initiate RFQs/RFPs, review bids, negotiate terms and pricing for materials
  • Negotiate best pricing/availability with distribution/mfg to increase company margin
  • Participate in vendor performance reviews
  • Identify and resolve purchasing problems/concerns; follow up to ensure timely and accurate product delivery
  • Ensures that Purchasing Supervisor receives delivery schedules in a timely manner
  • Works directly with Purchasing Supervisor to resolve scheduling and shortage issues
  • Communicates with mfg. when there are significant variations in product demand or any potential shortages
  • Provides timely projections of materials lead times
  • Tracks shipped orders and current orders from vendors
  • Corresponds with suppliers regarding current status of purchase orders
  • Strongly coordinates with Purchasing Supervisor
  • Communicates with other departments including sales, production, warehouse and credit/billing
  • Schedules, expedites and coordinates the delivery of critical material, including material transfers & conditional material releases
  • Maintains files and records of materials, price, inventories and deliveries in database
  • Routinely cleans up purchase order module; closing out and updating aged orders
  • Performance requires physical attendance
  • Ensures adherence to established government and company policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance programs and safety standards
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Qualifications:
  • Min 8+ years’ experience in purchasing/scheduling for both commercial off-the-shelf and custom fabricated parts including sheet metal, plastics, cables, and machined parts
  • Ability to quickly learn the company’ s purchasing and inventory processes and procedures and adhere to the company’ s standards of documentation and internal controls and to accurately and efficiently process and place purchase orders is a must.
  • Experience with Sage software – MAS 90, MAS 200 or MAS 500
  • Experience working with ERP and/or MRP systems
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively in a cross-functional team and knows when to ask for guidance.
  • Demonstrates advanced knowledge and understanding of supply chain activities.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and deliver on key deadlines
  • Ability to read and interpret mechanical drawings
  • Understanding of production scheduling
  • Ability to detect/analyze and help resolve problems and report information to appropriate personnel
  • Ability to work both independently and in a cross-functional team environment Can liaise across departments to solve problems
  • Knowledge of procurement rules and regulations
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing both internally and externally
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail is a must
  • Must be able to self-organize workloads and manage all deadlines

Preferred Qualifications:
  • APICS/CPM certification desired
  • Knowledge of accounting procedures involving procurement and planning
  • Understanding of Lean manufacturing principles

About Protingent:  Protingent is a niche provider of top Engineering and IT talent to Software, Electronics, Medical Device, Telecom, and Aerospace companies nationwide. Protingent exists to make a positive impact and contribution to the lives of others as well as our community by providing relevant, rewarding, and exciting work opportunities for our candidates.

Jeff Morgante

I have an ability to connect with engineers easily, with an engineering background myself, I can relate and communicate using the same language. I have been working in Technical staffing at Protingent since 2011. I have two dogs, Kaleb & Kayce and two cats, Mika and Shiloh. I am originally from upstate New York, but love living in the Pacific Northwest! I have a passion for cars, old and new.


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