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Job Description

Job Number
Job Title
Senior Buyer/Planner (R&D)
SMP Satcom Products : Engineering
Palo Alto, CA
  • Primarily responsible for the planning and buying of materials to support prototyping and pre-production activities
  • Analyze forecast and product a production plan taking into account material availability and production capacity
  • Schedule production builds ensuring the efficient use of resources and on-time delivery of product to customers
  • Effectively communicate production status with Customer Service, Business Development and Production teams
  • Use MRP to purchase assigned parts to support the production plan while minimizing the investment in inventory
  • Build and maintain strong professional relationships with suppliers; Negotiate effectively with suppliers regarding terms, prices, delivery and specifications
  • Document procurement activities as required
  • Continuously seek improvement opportunities

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Mechanical Engineering, Purchasing/Materials Management or related field plus five or more years of work experience as a Buyer/Planner in an electronics manufacturing environment
  • Experience buying and planning engineering materials in a fast-paced constantly changing workplace
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with and communicate issues and solutions to cross-functional teams of engineers and technicians
  • Self-starter with excellent organizational skills, verbal/written communication skills and detail accuracy
  • Strong analytical and good problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of geometric dimensioning and blueprint reading
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
  • Working knowledge computer systems using on-line purchase order entry and MRP systems such as M2K
  • CPIM or related APICS certification is a definite plus

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