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Buyer/Planner II

Mercury Marine

Posted 481 days ago -
Type: Full-Time Permanent
Reference ID: 5000225126406


Buyer Planners keep a keen focus on price, schedule, quality, delivery, and customer fill rate standards to ensure parts will be available at the proper time, proper place, in quantity, quality and cost consistent with the organization's and customer need. As a result, the Procurement Team depends on the Buyer Planners to proactively communicate with the global supply base to ensure that all direct purchased material shipments are ordered, shipped on time and meet the cost targets set for the product.

Job Accountabilities:

  • Consult with suppliers and customers to ensure all customer needs and expectations are understood and addressed
  • Serve as a consultative resource and collaborative partner to both customers and suppliers to ensure orders are placed and shipped on time
  • Respond to customer inquiries in a timely, accurate and consultative manner
  • Conduct supplier on-time shipping performance analysis and proactively provide insightful information to their desk plan and the category team
  • Analyze and evaluate performance, inventory cost and freight cost trade-offs to provide optimal solution recommendations
  • Maintain and revise desk plans on a quarterly basis to evaluate past performance, ensure continued efficiency and identify continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Utilize various project management tools and templates, and communicate relevant project data to project mentor via desk plan strategy
  • Conduct ongoing analysis of project results and effectiveness to ensure ongoing project effectiveness and sustainability
  • Develop a deeper and broader understanding of project management skills necessary to provide impactful business results
  • Focus on people and inspire trust by not just doing things right, but by doing the right things
  • Provide employees with performance and development assessments that provide definition to their purpose, nurture their skills, develop their talent and reward results
  • Inspire and motivate people by living out the organization's vision in their everyday business encounters
  • Demonstrate Influential Leadership:
    • Incite action across the entire value stream by mastering the skills of communication and motivation tailored to an individual person
    • Create an atmosphere where people have enormous desire to follow, are fully committed to the organization's vision, and achieve well beyond the expected goals
  • Resolve receiving discrepancies, obtain replacement parts for quality issues and reconcile MAV data and reporting to ensure accurate data capture and system integrity
  • Monitor and analyze MRP to ensure schedule accuracy based on Master Schedule and Bill of Material Changes (BOMC) for current production and/or new product development
  • Communicate proactively with suppliers to expedite shipments as needed
  • Resolve unexpected or unknown issues expeditiously as they arise
  • Collaborate with the Category Team as needed to resolve issues identified through the MRP analysis process
  • Review, analyze and update all system planning parameters, as needed based on current conditions, to effectively and accurately communicate purchased component needs to our global supply base.
  • Identify areas of improvement to capitalize on inventory cost reduction through the use of inventory management best practices (i.e. VMI, Pull, ABC, POC, etc.)
  • Consult with manufacturing to understand and execute against PFEP constraints
  • Investigate issues, develop analytical insights and escalate emerging concerns as needed
  • Make insightful recommendations on effective issue resolution to mitigate and remediate known issues to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Manage projects necessary to execute continuous improvement plans in accordance with the category strategy

Required Experience

Experience / Professional Credentials:

  • 3+ years of experience in supply chain management
  • CPSM and CPIM certification preferred
  • LSS Green Belt preferred


Education Requirements:

  • BS/BA in Supply Chain Management, Operations Management or a closely related business field is required


Subject Matter Knowledge:

  • Purchasing methods, procedures, laws and standards
  • Product Inventory Management
  • Work In-Process (WIP) Management


Baseline Skill Expectations:

Intermediate level skills and demonstrated proficiency requirements include:

  • Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint proficiency
  • Negotiation
  • Team Work and Collaboration
  • Time Management
  • Accuracy
  • Accountability
  • Interpersonal, written and verbal communication


Business Travel Expectations

  • This position will require occasional day and/or overnight travel by auto or airplane, up to 5%.