Unified Brands is a leader in professional foodservice equipment design, manufacturing and service. With an extensive portfolio of premium branded product lines to include Groen, Randell, Avtec, A la Cart and Power Soak, Unified Brands offers foodservice operators the essential equipment needed to support the varied menus of today’s commercial kitchens. With an emphasis on custom fabrication and comprehensive foodservice preparation solutions, Unified Brands is a single source for cooking equipment, Sous Vide/cook-chill production, refrigeration, ventilation, utility distribution, conveyor, continuous motion washing, and meal delivery systems – with the ease of a single integrated business platform for sales, support, service, manufacturing and business operations.
POSITION: Buyer / Planner
Reports to: Materials Manager Department: Manufacturing
Classification: Non- Exempt Division: Operations
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:
Manage vendor relationships.
Communicate and/or negotiate with suppliers regarding forecasts, engineering change notices, schedule changes, discrepant material changes, and delivery schedules.
Review and release planned orders in Rapid Planning.
Review requisitions to ensure accuracy and completeness.
Generate purchase orders from releases and/or requisitions within Oracle and submit PO’s to vendors.
Monitor and maintain purchase orders ensuring the timely delivery of materials to support customer and manufacturing requirements.
Review vendor acknowledgements and confirmations to ensure pricing, dates, and quantities are in alignment with PO requirements.
Review vendor managed inventory to ensure stocking levels are properly maintained.
Expedite purchased items as required. Arrange special delivery if necessary and approved. Proactively communicate expected delivery dates to all key stakeholders.
Verify material receipts.
Work with vendors to resolve discrepancies with quantity and quality of materials, components, indirect materials or services received.
Assist Receiving/Accounts Payables in resolving receipt/invoice discrepancies.
Analyze and maintain optimal inventory levels based on forecast, demand variation, and material lead times.
Setup and maintain ERP parameters related to planning and procurement (MOQ, order multipliers, supplier lead time, planning time fence, etc.)
Coordinate material flow throughout product/BOM changes, obsolescence, and the introduction of new items due to new product development. Evaluate engineering changes to guarantee that all purchased items meet necessary specifications.
Interface with all departments and resolve problems with required purchased components.
Work with cross-functional teams to support continuous improvement projects as needed.
Assist strategic purchasing with material cost savings projects. This will involve identifying opportunities, obtaining quotes, weighing alternatives and presenting recommendations to the strategic group.
Assist in managing make/buy analysis and other strategic procurement decisions.
Achieve in depth product and commodity knowledge to understand the relationship to supplier technology, capabilities, processes, and capacities.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Basic knowledge of the legal aspects of the purchase order.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Good problem-solving skills with the ability to make decisions based on defined criteria.
Strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Experience or knowledge of ERP/MRP/MRP II systems
Strong multi-tasking capabilities; ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects concurrently.
Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred.
3-5 years purchasing experience or the equivalent in education and experience combined.
12 – 33%
34 – 66%
67 – 100%
General office environment with several hours daily in the manufacturing plant.
Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by team members, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of team members so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change as the discretion of the employer.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.