• Buyer Planner

    Job Locations US-KY-Louisville
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  • Overview

    Challenger LIfts, Inc., a division of Snap-on is seeking a candidate that would be responsible for the following: 

    Analyze and source required products to meet customer demand within adequate time frame to ensure no interruption to production schedule.  Provide input for accurate forecasting system and maintain data integrity. Analyze & perform departmental sourcing queries & database maintenance, helps quality and service manage material flow to ensure warranty concerns are taken care of.  Prepare comprehensive reports related to Industrial Group purchasing activity. Work independently and with manager to formulate solutions for recommendations leading to process improvements based on data and planning sources.



    • Negotiate, place orders, and expedite to source items from suppliers (quantity, lead time, etc.) and follow-up as needed to ensure on-time delivery of required products to meet customer demands. 
    • Make Recommendations to improve and maintain optimal inventory and service levels and to improve the flow of purchased product through our distribution network. Works with management team to meet supply chain demands.
    • Review, analyze and resolve or present corrective actions to appropriate group for process issues involving internal and external customers. 
    • Works with manager to identify root cause of material shortage issues. Takes appropriate corrective actions as directed by manager to resolve issues with suppliers. Communicates cause & resolution within the organization, as directed.
    • Creates and analyzes reports as needed or defined by the manager to generate suggested course of action(s) based on report data.
    • Analyze service level, backorder & inventory data.
    • Ability to work with R&D and Sales force on new project launch.  May create, implement and produce required product to meet customer application/requirements at a conceptual and previously defined or specified level.

    • Helps drive cost savings through project/process improvements required from suppliers (4 new improvements/product ideas per year).
    • Identify if alternate sources are available for problematic items or suppliers who are not making delivery on time. 




    • AS Degree preferred (Business, Engineering or technical discipline) or a minimum of 7-10 years’ experience in: Purchasing / sourcing / Supply Chain; Forecasting / planning; Product and project management.
    • CPM and/or APICS certification and previous experience working with MRP, ERP, CATIA or similar software, a plus.
    • Requires knowledge of common purchasing, planning policies and procedures. Able to demonstrate practical application of knowledge.
    • Must have basic business acumen; understanding of business operations and finance issues. Prior experience working in a commercial/industrial or military industry, a plus.
    • Must have solid negotiation, sourcing and research skills as well as strong analytical and design skills.
    • Ability to source product within tight time schedules & complex processes, while managing multiple priorities and projects simultaneously and upholding ethical standards.
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite products, Excel & PowerPoint is required.  Accuracy is a critical skill.
    • Effective communication (written, oral) and interpersonal skills required. Must be a self-starter who is able to work independently and also within a team environment.
    • May require (overnight / domestic) travel as member of team to resolve issues pertaining to processes.

    Snap-on is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran.


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