Buyer Planner III - SAP and Advanced Excel Skills in Milpitas, CA at Johnson Service Group

Date Posted: 9/18/2020

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    Milpitas, CA
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Job Description

JobID: 380365

Johnson Service Group is seeking a Buyer Planner III for one of our clients in the exciting Healthcare Industry!  This is a 6 month contract position with a fast growing company taking the industry by storm!  This position is in California!

This role will oversee the purchase of materials for manufacturing site production and new product introduction (i.e., special projects) as required, supporting customer orders, service, engineering and operations requirements and will be a primary point of contact between the customer and their suppliers.  

Basic Qualifications: 

  • BS/BA in Business Administration, Supply Chain, Materials Management, Engineering or Technical Studies
  • Minimum 5 years of experience within direct/manufacturing materials, purchasing or supply chain with negotiating responsibility
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience using SAP Materials Module and electronic Document Control Systems  

Preferred Knowledge and Skills:  

  •  MBA
  • APICS or CPM.
  • Quality Management Systems and Supplier Applications  

Work Conditions:

  • In the office 3 days/week for training, then fully remote is an option
  • Possibility for extended work hours


  • Works with assigned suppliers on continuous improvement in the areas of quality, cost, inventory, delivery and support. Acts as [GFN Site] primary point of contact with assigned suppliers, managing overall supplier relationship from the manufacturing site and/or global perspective. Works well within a matrix organization where reports and accountability may be outside of immediate hierarchy
  •        Manages spend, assigned suppliers and inventories.  Includes securing/analyzing quotes, negotiating pricing/terms, coordinating schedules, inventory management/levels, etc.  Makes recommendations with respects to cost, quality and delivery competitiveness.  Generates, issues and maintains accurate PO’s to supplier in order to meet production, services and special engineering projects requirements, including tool sourcing and first article qualifications.
  • Utilizes SAP for maintaining and analyzing data used in making business decisions and has advanced level skills for creating adhoc reports.  Ensures that all SAP data for materials is correct, including such items as supplier info, lead-time, pricing, terms, etc.  Utilizes Windows desktop applications to prepare reports, presentations and data sets with analysis as required (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).  Working knowledge and understanding of Document Control systems that control ECO’s and approvals (ie:  Agile, Windchill, etc). 
  • Maintains and strengthens supplier relationships and effectively plans, schedules and monitors movement of materials through global supply chain, up to and potentially including supplier’s factory.  Effectively utilizes inputs from Planning, Manufacturing, Hardware Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Marketing and other groups to help maintain supplier balance.  Develops and utilizes standardized processes for Quarterly reporting of supplier metrics and performance.  
  • Working with designated Commodity Managers in a matrix driven organizational structure, maintains knowledge of global market trends and provides information as required/requested.  May include analysis of market, inventory summaries, cost structures, product life cycles and/or technical improvements that address end-of-life or end-of-service plans.
  • Working with Purchasing/Commodity Managers, participates in the development of strategic supplier contracts that address sources of supply, price/cost/terms, volumes, delivery, shipments, inventory and other items that may affect consistent supply of materials or services.  After contract initiation, monitors and reports on supplier performance as requested. 
  • Participates in and identifies new sources of supply, evaluates new suppliers, perform pre-assessment and assists with any follow-up activities required for supplier qualification.
  • Supports New Product Introductions (NPI) and Manufacturing projects as needed.
  • Based on SAP requirements loaded by the Master Scheduler, generates, reviews and manages forecasts for the products for the site. Ensures supplier capacity, deliveries, inventory, and risk mitigation actions support business objectives.
  • Incorporates and fulfills service and repair parts requirements, as needed.  May include stocking plans and negotiation with supplier for vendor-held inventory.   
  • Creates or participates in cross-departmental teams as required (e.g., Quality, Engineering, Marketing, Program Management) in order to address supply chain, engineering and/or supplier issues.  Demonstrates ability to drive change via collaboration across the organization. 
  • Expedites Purchase Orders as required; Processes RMA’s and other related functions within time permitted; Trains/Assists other Buyer/Planners within global team; Provides solutions to problems of moderate to high complexity; good problem solving and analytical skills; 
  • Strong professional communications, both written and verbal; collaborating behaviors that enable a strong supplier and internal relationship management process.   

Required Knowledge and Skills: 

  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple priorities and / or projects.
  • Advanced computer skills (i.e. MS Office)
  • Strong written and verbal communications and presentation skills.
  •        Solid understanding of current trends, markets, and price indexing, with in-depth knowledge of Domestic and International suppliers  


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