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Tactical Buyer

Tallahassee, FL

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Global company is looking for a Tactical Buyer to assist their team! Company is willing to train an individual with an educational background in Business, Supply Chain, or Procurement.

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

This is a short-term assignment.

Job Summary:

Responsible for assuring the continuous supply of assigned components to meet customer on-time delivery goals, minimize the total landed cost of material and optimize company’s cash flow. 

Essential Functions, Key Tasks, & Responsibilities: (include the following, other duties may be assigned)

  • Evaluates and acts upon the MRP requirements and Kanban levels for assigned commodities. Generates and adjusts purchase orders and/or shop work orders to support production schedules.
  • Effectively communicates areas of concern to appropriate departments, individuals and/or suppliers. Inputs, maintains, and adjusts records or transactions to ensure system validity.
  • Effectively communicates forecasted requirements to external suppliers. 
  • Objectively measures and communicates supplier performance to support supply chain continuous improvement efforts. Interfaces with Suppliers, Quality, Strategic Sourcing, and Engineering to quickly resolve quality, delivery or cost issues. Maintains department Visual Boards and 5S. 
  • Drives increased inventory turns, reduced cycle times, and improved Customer OTD by developing, implementing and managing pull-based material replenishment processes, including, but not limited to Kanban cards, vendor managed inventory and supplier consignments. 
  • Support resourcing and out-sourcing projects by proactively planning materials to ensure uninterrupted flow of product to customers as required.
  • Provide effective support to new product introduction teams, proposal development and subcontracting opportunities as they develop.
  • Ensures quick resolution of shipping discrepancies, receiving errors, and invoice errors.
  • Works to eliminate excess and obsolete parts and rationalize similar parts.
  • Consistent with Operational Excellence focus, participates in Value Stream Mapping and Kaizen events that will eliminate waste and result in significant benefits (Growth, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost) throughout the Supply Chain. 
  • Engenders a spirit of cooperation throughout the supply chain to insure responsiveness to the customer.

Required Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Education and/or Experience

  • 2+ years of related experience or degree in Business, Supply Chain, or Procurement
  • Willing to train (with degree) or direct experience working with suppliers from low cost regions (India, China, Eastern Europe, etc.)
  • Willing to train (with degree) or direct experience implementing lean concepts (Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen Leadership, 5S, etc.) 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BS/BA in Business or technical field
  • CPIM, CSCP, APICS, Lean Manufacturing and Six-Sigma Green Belt certifications 

Other Competencies:

  • Excellent analytical, problem solving/decision making skills; ability to make timely, effective, fact-based decisions. Includes a strong working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and scheduling software.
  • Proficient in ERP systems (SAP preferred) and Microsoft office suite software (Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Word, MS project, etc.).
  • Prior experience implementing and managing a Kanban or pull system approach to component flow.
  • Knowledge of supplier and component qualification processes.
  • Knowledge of supplier performance management practices, including supplier scorecards and performance metrics.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to perform and produce results in multifunctional teams in a dynamic work environment.
  • Proven ability to develop collaborative relationships and influence up, down, and across organizational lines.
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