Career Opportunity – Buyer/Planner

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Status:                  Permanent, Full Time – Alameda California

Reports to:         Vice-President, Global Operations

Role Overview

The Planner/Buyer is responsible for coordinating material planning, contract manufacturing, purchasing, and production scheduling functions to ensure on-time delivery of finished products. Experience working in an electronic assembly environment is an asset. 


  • Initiates the timely and cost-effective purchase of materials and services to comply with quality and delivery standards
  • Ensures compliance with purchasing policies and procedures and promotes good purchasing behavior.
  • Troubleshoots discrepancies of purchase orders, requisitions, supplier deliveries, prices, and quality.
  • Manage product manufacturing locations and accounts for efficiency and performance
  • Works with Fishbowl to monitor contract manufacturing and on hands-on orders
  • Monitor and report Contract Manufacturing production plan attainment
  • Creates and maintains reporting requirements and maintains reporting between Contract Manufacturers and Contract and Design.
  • Daily interface with engineering, production, vendors, and contract manufacturers for open orders
  • Uses Fishbowl MRP system to review, manage, and control inventory
  • Prepares and issues reports to keep internal customers informed of critical trends or issues
  • Builds positive supplier relationships and works to resolve issues to minimize or avoid negative impact to production
  • Compares and verifies purchase orders against forecasted raw material, components, and related requirements to ensure adequate supplies are ordered for production
  • Resolves finished goods invoice discrepancies
  • Examines trends related to discrepancies in order quantity, price, and late deliveries to evaluate supplier performance
  • Responsible for communicating business related issues or opportunities to upper management
  • Manages the phase-in of new products to minimize obsolete material inventory
  • Monitors supply chain management standard operating procedures. Recommends changes and improvements to procedures
  • Supervises procurement activities and maintains priorities to expedite, including the availability of raw material, receipt of materials, the release and movement of products to production
  • Validates and maintains scheduling and planning parameters, i.e. lead times, lot sizes, etc.)
  • Demand Planning for forecast development internally and externally (suppliers and customers)
  • Coordinate STO processes to maintain on-time and complete metrics
  • Reviews monthly Supply SOP process and identifies raw material supply risks
  • Able to evaluate data and create meaningful metrics reports


  • BS degree (or equivalent) in Supply Chain Management, Engineering or related field. MS degree is a plus. Work experience instead of a degree may be considered
  • 3+ years of production planning or Supply Chain experience
  • Experience in an electronics manufacturing environment considered an asset
  • Strong understanding of the principles of material planning requirements and inventory
  • Skilled in automated purchasing/MRP systems within ERP, specifically SAP, Fishbowl etc.
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills, proficient with Word and PowerPoint


  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrates accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate concisely and clearly both orally and in writing
  • Sense of initiative, energy, and enthusiasm
  • Team player who can step in and help drive strategy
  • Embraces PACED (Passionate, Agile, Collaborative, Entrepreneur, Diversity) core values.

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