Buyer/Planner in Superior, WI at Barko Hydraulics LLC

Date Posted: 5/24/2018

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Job Description

The Buyer/Planner will develop, execute, maintain and report on detailed demand, inventory, purchase and delivery plans for all products under his or her scope. He or she will drive optimal inventory levels to ensure material availability for production and sales. Other key responsibilities include analyzing data and making recommendations to achieve profitability, customer coverage, and inventory goals. This position uses knowledge of best practices in performing planning and purchasing activities as well as understanding of manufacturing processes and capacity planning.


  • Plan and execute procurement of finished goods and raw materials from global and domestic suppliers.

  • Convert and communicate demand requirements for products and services into detailed plans and schedules for inventory acquisition.

  • Manage the purchasing cycle, including generating requisitions, PO creation, PO follow-up, goods reception and final payment.

  • Calculate key inventory performance metrics such as turnover ratios, cost-benefit trade-offs, days of inventory on hand and inventory valuation.

  • Ensure the continuous availability of quality materials and finished components.

  • Manage output of materials requirement planning (MRP).

  • Determine the need for material and capacity to address expected demand, execute the resulting plans, and update planning to reflect the results.

  • Establish specifications in terms of optimal quantity to purchase and the cost impact on budget.

  • Keep inventory investment to a minimum.

  • Maintain data integrity for planning/purchasing MRP elements and master data.

  • Monitor and maintain MRP elements, including handling exceptions and taking action to optimize inventory.

  • Manage the operational supplier relationship and liaison with the Sourcing Team to evaluate suppliers through key metrics.

  • Set up master data for materials during Item Creation process.

  • Provide supply forecasts to suppliers and internal customers

  • Initiate, organize, and participate in continuous improvement activities

  • Identify opportunities for improvement in the document control process and participate in department or company training activities

  • Follow up on past due elements

  • Participate in self-development activities and related classes

  • Assist in identification and reduction of waste in all areas of a supply chain.

  • All other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelors Degree in Supply Chain Management / Business Management or other 4 Year degree with equivalent work experience.nbsp;

  • 5 years + of progressive supply chain experience in a global manufacturing environment with proven track record.nbsp;

  • APICS or ISM certification, membership in Supply Chain Council or American Purchasing Society highly desirable.nbsp;

  • Advanced coursework in planning, scheduling, inventory management and control, Lean, Six Sigma, and theory of constraints, preferred.nbsp;

  • Able to complete responsibilities in a timely, professional and quality manner

  • Proficiency in materials management and production planning (MMPP) processes and functionality

  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with internal and external stakeholders


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