Buyer / Planner

Job Locations US-CA-San Jose
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Under the general supervision of the Purchasing Manager, this individual analyses purchase requisitions, develops sources of supply, prepares and executes standard request for quotations; purchases materials, supplies, equipment, and services for manufacturing and other departments. Determines material requirements from MRP, purchase requisitions, demand planning and the production schedule, and coordinates the efficient movement of materials through production cycle, consignment programs and the Kan-ban/Pink-card system. Maintains files, logs, supplier and purchasing records. Provides administrative and clerical support to the purchasing department and management. Typically requires a college education or equivalent and a minimum of two years related experience.


  • Performs a variety of administrative duties related to the acquisition of materials, supplies, equipment and services, and the returning of purchased goods
  • Contacts appropriate suppliers to obtain price quotes, lead-time, methods of procurement, and quality data
  • Performs purchasing transactions requiring the usage of ERP LN, Word, Excel, Vision Explorer, Access and other computer tools
  • Expedites orders and requisitions
  • Plans and organizes work
  • Maintains delivery schedules, open purchase orders, debit memos, first articles and material shortages
  • Investigates and analyzes new requirements generated by MRP, Kan-ban or other planning methods
  • Attends and/or conducts a variety of meetings with staff, suppliers, and other groups to clarify specifications, material requirements, contractual agreements, and to resolve quality problems
  • Participates in business-wide and local Strategic Sourcing activities
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned
  • Interpret and apply policies and procedures


  • Education: Typically requires a college degree or equivalent education
  • Years of Experience: Two years relevant experience


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