Buyer / Planner

Our Opening and Your Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Includes the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Procures Direct and Indirect Materials

1. Analyzes demand for production materials and outside-processing services using MRP, shipment history, inventory analysis, and then procures the materials.

2. Analyzes requirements of new items, including specifications, preferred supplier, delivery dates and then procures the materials. 

3. Determines purchase quantity and delivery schedule. 

4. Finds and qualifies potential suppliers. Solicits and evaluates bids. Coordinates the resolution of technical questions regarding specifications. 

5. Negotiates the lowest possible cost considering quality, delivery schedule and storage constraints. 

6. ECO analysis to include coordination and implementation. Also includes cost analysis, risk analysis, product structuring, inventory management and ECR creation.

7. Processes purchase orders, negotiates and creates contracts.

8. Assures that items are delivered on schedule, at the negotiated price, and conform to specifications. 

9. Assures that items are received properly, coordinates the resolution of receiving or invoicing issues as they arise. 
10. Coordinates the return of non-conforming material to suppliers.

11. Manages Purchase Order records for accuracy and up-to-date delivery information. 

12. Provides status reports to management on open orders, cost savings, RTVs, projects and accomplishments. 

13. Analyzes and updates standard costs, lead times, order quantities, safety stocks, and sources for responsible commodities.

14. Work within documented procurement / planning system that complies with SBA and ISO guidelines.

15. Responsible for various direct and indirect materials, and services.

Review Criteria: 

1. Professional Proficiency/Job Knowledge: Has the necessary technical professional expertise; keeps up-to-date in field. Applies knowledge, maintains balance between theory and practical experience.

2. Planning Analysis and Problem Solving: Establishes priorities to optimize time, materials, and personnel.  Identifies and defines problems properly. Analyzes objectively and generates practical solutions, concepts, and techniques. Considers the ideas of others and actively participates in group problem solving.
3. Communications/Teamwork: Expresses ideas and information effectively and accurately in written reports, presentations, correspondence, and meetings. Listens carefully to others, maintains open lines of communication, and interacts effectively. Keeps supervisor informed on a regular basis. Displays appropriate advocacy for points of view, defends convictions.

4. Creativity/Initiative and Risk: Visualizes new ideas, improvements, and courses of action; proposes, initiates change. Overcomes difficult obstacles; seeks feedback, increases efforts to accomplish objectives.

5. Customer Focus/Commitment to Quality: Has a comprehensive understanding of customer requirements, both internal and external.  Works with others to strengthen customer relationships.  Is committed to the tenets of the Business Philosophy and the Company’s quality programs.

What You Need to Succeed

1. Education and/or Experience: BA or BS in Business or equivalent with four to six years purchasing / planning experience in a manufacturing environment. APICS certification or equivalent is desirable. Experience and an understanding of bills of materials and engineering item master attributes. Understanding and ability to apply the principles of Lean Manufacturing and JIT systems. Skilled in negotiating with Suppliers. Ability to perform duties with limited work direction and to work well in a team environment.

2. Language Skills: Oral and written communication skills to prepare clear, concise, and competent specifications and invitations for formal and informal bids and related materials.  Ability to read and interpret documents such as specifications, drawings, and purchasing documents.  Ability to write routine reports, correspondence and ISO procedures. Ability to speak effectively to Suppliers and team members.

4. Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

5. Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of SAP ERP (or similar ERP system), MS Excel and MS Word.

Our Offer to You

  • Medical, dental and vision care coverage and a 401(k) savings plan with company matching – all starting on date of hire
  • Tuition reimbursement, educational matching gift program, perks and discounts
  • Parental and caregiver leave programs
  • All the usual benefits such as paid time off, flexible spending, short-and long-term disability, basic life insurance, business travel insurance, Employee Assistance Program, and domestic partner benefits
  • Global market strength and worldwide leadership in precision instrumentation
  • A brand name that is identified worldwide with precision, quality, and innovation
  • Thousands of patents, design and innovation awards across Mettler Toledo
  • Global recognition for the quality of our products and services

About Mettler Toledo

Working at Mettler Toledo means you are impacting the world in important ways. Our precision measuring devices span the world's laboratories, production facilities, and retail stores. We manufacture, sell, and service instruments that detect, measure, and weigh - from the infinitely small to the largest of vehicles or airplanes.

  • We help feed the world. We impact how food is produced, packaged and made safe.
  • We help keep you healthy. Our instruments make it possible for scientists to develop new drugs and bring life-saving medicines to the world.
  • Mettler Toledo products are important to the production and consistent quality of every kind of consumer product.
Mettler Toledo Rainin manufactures pipettes, one of the most basic tools used in every type of chemistry laboratory and many kinds of biological laboratories. Rainin's pipettes consistently rank among the top premium pipette brands in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Equal Opportunity Employment

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We give consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other protected classification. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please click here.

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Mettler-Toledo Rainin, LLC [Delaware]

7500 Edgewater Dr, Oakland, CA 94621 United States

+1 (800) 472-4646