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Sr. Buyer

Apply Now Job ID R-327452 Date posted 02/08/2019

Job Description Summary

Job Description

Summary of Position:

The Senior Buyer/Planner is responsible for planning all materials to support the manufacturing schedule and accomplish inventory goals. Responsible for assuring all materials needed for production and distribution are acquired on a timely basis and in accordance with company policies and procedures and inventory targets.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Determine component requirements from the MRP generation run
  • Plan and procure all items for the production schedule while adhering to established inventory goals
  • Coordinate and publish reports as follows:

-Inventory Levels and Forecasts (Monthly)

-PPV (Purchase Price Variance) Actuals and Forecast (Monthly)

-Supplier Scorecards (Quarterly)

  • Communicate with vendors to obtain information critical to the procurement/sourcing process (price, delivery, invoicing problems, expediting, etc)
  • Correspond tactfully with sources or potential sources of supplies to overcome any misunderstanding, complaints, etc., or to secure further pertinent information regarding purchased materials
  • Issue purchase orders to suppliers, establishes appropriate material delivery requirements, payment terms, and ensure proper maintenance of open purchase orders.  Processes both MRO and MRP purchase orders
  • Support purchasing activities for the plant
  • Participate in inventory reconciliation including cycle counting and yearly physical inventories
  • Maintain and develop systems for production planning, purchasing, and inventory control/warehousing via established MRP system
  • Draft and route procurement specification changes and updates via established document control system
  • Proactively report product and material availability issues – assist in the development and implementation of mitigation plans related to these issues
  • Participates in daily production meetings
  • Adhere to and perform according to SOPs and policies governing the various plant functions
  • Comply with cGMP, Quality Standards, and established policies and/or procedures
  • Identify, develop and implement CIPs (Cost Improvement Projects) and PPV (Purchase Price Variance) opportunities in order to meet annual variance goals
  • Maintains Company objectives of inventory levels, quality levels, pricing controls, and inventory availability to support the master schedule
  • Complete special projects and assignments as requested by Materials Manager and Plant Manager
  • Other duties as required


  • Bachelor's Degree plus three years experience in procurement.
  • Experience in ERP/MRP systems required
  • Strong computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office; particularly in Excel
  • Thorough understanding of the function of quality in an ISO manufacturing environment
  • Excellent negotiating skills
  •  Demonstrated working knowledge for ISO-13485 as related to supplier controls

Additional Desirable Qualifications Skills and Knowledge:

  • Experience with data/cost analytics a plus
  • Experience developing cost standards, price negotiation, vendor selection, and maintenance of purchase order system a plus
  • 3+ years experience as a Sr. Buyer/Planner preferred
  • Understanding of planning systems, lead times, and manufacturing processes
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated problem solver & team player

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and sit for extended periods of time. Occasionally the employee may be required to lift or move at least 25 pounds. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be in an office, open cubicle, and/or manufacturing environment. Candidate must be able to work in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment. C. R. Bard is an equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

Training Requirements:

Materials training curriculum.

Primary Work Location

USA PA - Zelienople DYMAX

Additional Locations

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