Material Buyer/Planner I


This position performs a variety of routine and/or moderate dollar value buying/purchasing tasks involving materials, supplies or services as assigned, with responsibility for maintenance of excellent supplier relationships that support the reliable procurement objectives of the operation.  The incumbent is empowered to act as an agent of the company within established policies and procedures.


Essential Functions

  • Executes the purchasing of a common group of commodities so that the quality, cost and delivery objectives of the operation are successfully supported.
  • Researches and recommends to Manager additions to maintain and augment the supplier base.
  • Assure that contracts for commodities are advantageous to the company’s long-term profitability.
  • Assure adequate purchasing specifications by early supplier and engineering communications.
  • Researches and implements opportunities to reduce product cost and inventory investments.
  • Interprets material demands from sales orders, master schedule and forecast.
  • Prepares and awards purchase orders and/or procurement contracts based on the interpretation of the demand maintaining and/or improving cost quality and delivery performance.
  • Execute specific problem resolution actions in coordination with engineering, quality and manufacturing operations.
  • Represent the Purchasing department in project meetings and provide input / support to meet program goals.   
  • Negotiates and settles with suppliers regarding damage claims, rejections, losses, return of materials, over shipments, cancellations and engineering changes.
  • Coordinates with the Finance Department as required to resolve questions on suppliers’ invoices.

Non-essential (if applicable)

  • May be required to develop or compile statistical information to support various projects that support purchasing functions.



  • Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Computer proficiencies in business application software i.e., word processing, spreadsheet and database.
  • Comprehensive knowledge regarding automated MRP system (preferably Expandable software)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Ability to interface effectively with technical, administrative and operational communities.


  • APICS (CPIM) and/or NAPM (CPM) certification desirable.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a Team Member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Office:  While performing the duties of this job, the team member is regularly required to talk or hear. The team member frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

Supplier Development Engineer


Primary Functions 

  • Act as a liaison between Engineering, Manufacturing, Procurement, and Suppliers to successfully match Clarience Technologies’ BU needs with suppliers’ capabilities 
  • Participate in new product development and product life cycle management teams – directly responsible for purchased components (understand function, identify, and document critical performance characteristics, develop performance specifications) 
  • Responsible for the quality of purchased parts and services from suppliers. Requests, reviews, and approves PPAP’s. Works directly with suppliers to resolve any quality issues that may arise during production 
  • Monitor supplier performance and provide feedback to suppliers  
  • Lead re-sourcing efforts in support of corporate quality, delivery, and productivity goals  
  • Additional duties as assigned. 

NPI Support 

  • Provide support to the Project Engineer leading the NPI teams 
  • Be the liaison between the Clarience team and suppliers  
  • Provide regular updates regarding status of purchased part development
  • Provide regular updates on the PPAP status of purchased parts 
  • Correlate supplier documents (Control Plan, PFMEA, Process Flow Diagram) to pertinent drawing requirements 

Supplier Relationship Management 

  • Establish relationships with various suppliers across all commodities/categories 
  • Provide engineering/technical support to the supplier during the development of new custom and outsourced finished parts
    • This includes supporting plastic injection molding, die casting, coatings, outsourced lamps, wiring/harnessing, and electronics components & assemblies 
  • Work together with the Global Commodity/Category teams to help source parts at the appropriate supplier from a technical perspective 
  • Help perform/coordinate supplier audits and/or self-assessments, to assure that the suppliers are capable of producing various parts per the drawing/technical requirements 


Education Requirements

  • High School Diploma
  • Undergraduate degree in Engineering or a related discipline preferred 

Experience Requirements

  • 5-10+ years’ experience in a quality, supplier quality, or similar role 
  • Experience operating in a global organization
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate strong problem resolution skills 

Travel Requirements

  • First 6-12 months extensive travel, after the first year 50% travel

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