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Senior Buyer-Planner - Subcontract

Date:  Dec 8, 2022
Location: 

Milwaukee, WI, US, 53204-2941

Req ID:  25598
Onsite or Remote:  Onsite Position

Komatsu is an indispensable partner to the construction, mining, forestry, forklift, and industrial machinery markets, maximizing value for customers through innovative solutions. With a diverse line of products supported by our advanced IoT technologies, regional distribution channels, and a global service network, we tap into the power of data and technology to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance. Komatsu supports a myriad of markets, including housing, infrastructure, water, pipeline, minerals, automobile, aerospace, electronics and medical, through its many brands and subsidiaries, including TimberPro, Joy, P&H, Montabert, Modular Mining Systems, Hensley Industries, NTC, and Gigaphoton.

Job Overview

The Senior Buyer - Subcontract Role will be involved with the planning and procurement of materials to support both Original Equipment and Aftermarket Sales for Mining Equipment. Including ensuring orders are received to quality specifications from suppliers on the required due dates - done through expediting and overall order management to prevent production stoppages and workforce downtime. This Role will maintain and control material costs. (Providing support to cost reduction teams.). The Senior Buyer - Subcontract Role will adhere to existing supplier contracts as directed by senior personnel. Review and resolve supplier performance issues. The Role will provide direction to new buyers, assist in training and the development of procedures. It has the broad latitude to act without guidance within established policies and procedures. Change agent for initiating continuous improvement activities and creating additional efficiencies though process improvement. The Senior Buyer - Subcontract will be knowledgeable in and support current business strategies and market inventory initiatives. This Role will utilize extensive knowledge of purchasing techniques, industry advances, related laws (domestic and international), understanding of currency exchange rates and international freight terms.

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Planning and Procuring Materials to support of Subcontract activities.  Ensure orders are received to quality specifications from suppliers on the required due dates through expediting and overall order management to prevent production stoppages and workforce downtime.
  • Maintain and control material costs. Provide support to cost reduction teams.
  • Adherence to existing supplier contracts as directed by senior personnel.
  • Knowledge and support of current business strategies and market inventory initiatives.
  • Review and resolve supplier performance issues.
  • Utilize extensive knowledge of purchasing techniques, industry advances, related laws (domestic and international), understanding of currency exchange rates and international freight terms.
  • Change agent for initiating continuous improvement and creates efficiencies though process improvement.
  • Creation and communication of purchase orders to external suppliers.
  • Maintains suppler information records, lead-times, source list, material master data, purchase orders and MRP related settings.
  • Resolve purchase order and invoice discrepancies including pricing, quantity, and shipping/receiving issues.
  • Initiate requests for product development and support ERN/ECN process and the flow of information.
  • Supplier development to improve quality, delivery, and reduce TCO/TLC.  Provide direction and support to build supplier relationships with a long-term approach.
  • Coordinate the disposition of rejected parts in a prompt /cost effective manner to prevent production stoppages and workforce downtime. Recover associated costs from rejected materials and warranty items COPQ.
  • Ensure orders are received from suppliers on the specified due dates through expediting and overall purchase order management, including management of MRP messages to prevent production stoppages and workforce downtime.
  • Drives Supply Chain programs (Consignment, Kanban, JIT, VMI, etc.).
  • Support new product development and automation initiatives.  Creation and analysis of reports as specified by management.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Ideal candidates will possess a Bachelor degree in Supply Chain, Operations or Business. An Associate’s degree in combination with relevant experience in Purchasing, Materials, or Engineering background with a specialized knowledge on a focused group of commodities can also be considered.
  • 5+ years of relevant working experience.
  • Experience working in an ERP environment (SAP a plus).   MS Office aptitude.
  • Ability to make decisions and solve practical problems with a variety of variables in situations where standardization may be limited.
  • Self-driven, results oriented, and motivated to work effectively without direct supervision.
  • Ability to interpret technical data and a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.  Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and technical specifications.
  • Strong Analytical/critical thinking skills to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Strong relational skills, ability to work with all departments, fosters teamwork and a positive work environment.
  • CPIM, CSCP or CPM Certification a plus.

Additional Information

Komatsu is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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