Senior Buyer - NPI Purchasing
Company: ACL Digital
Posted on: May 15, 2022
Duration: 9 Months
Primary Function of Position:
Responsible for procuring materials, components, and equipment and
for project materials management in support of NPI (New Products
Introduction) builds. Gathers quotations, understands key supplier
capabilities and matches those capabilities to new designs and
project schedules. Tracks and updates orders, delivery commitments
and inventory receipts both inside and outside of MRP. Insures
adequate supply in place for production ramp-up of new products.
Works in collaboration with Supply Chain Management to ensure the
appropriate supplier strategy is being utilized in time for new
product release to production purchasing.
Determines material requirements from engineering and New Product
build schedules, and maintains inventory at planned levels.
Evaluates supplier reliability and works with Supplier Development
Engineering and Supply Chain Management to develop new supply
sources as needed. Monitors cost, schedule, and scope of assigned
NPI projects. Ensures new products are ready from a materials
standpoint for production release in time to meet project
schedules. Works as a key member of a high performance team.
Roles and Responsibilities:
--- Use appropriate forecasting and planning techniques to ensure
that optimal inventory levels of commodities are maintained to meet
engineering and production ramp up requirements.
--- Apply extensive new product introduction/R&D purchasing
experience to minimize material lead times and ensure on time
delivery of material to support NPI project schedules.
--- Work with engineering to assist suppliers in developing
efficient fabrication processes.
--- Identify second sources for critical components as
--- Participate in the continuous improvement of current systems
--- Work with Supply Chain Management to identify and qualify new
--- Identify potential supplier capacity issues to Supply Chain
Management. Work with Supply Chain Management to resolve these
issues and to insure no impact on project schedules.
--- Create, update, and publish project material cost models.
--- Quickly and proactively, resolve and/or escalate issues related
to delivery, supplier performance, quality or cost.
--- Insure and maintain accuracy of all applicable reports, PO's,
component item master information, etc. Work with engineering and
production control to insure BOMs are accurate and will function in
a production environment.
--- Provide direction and/or effectively delegate critical tasks as
needed. Be a functional, productive member of a high performance
--- 10-12 years' experience in materials of which minimum 8 years
is direct experience in purchasing in New Product Introduction
(NPI), R&D, and/or engineering support environments with a
demonstrated successful track record of increasing
--- BS in business, mechanical or electrical engineering or
--- Must have significant computer experience using Windows, Word,
Excel (advanced skills preferred) and ERP Information Systems,
preferably SAP and Agile.
--- MS Office skills ( MS Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel)
--- Excel ( Vlookups, Pivot Tables, Charts, and filtering)
--- Experience working with engineers and manufacturing resources
for prototype parts procurement, pilot activities and production
launch of new products.
--- Ability to enjoy and work effectively in a fast paced, chaotic
environment of constant change. Ability to manage change quickly
--- Experience with and a functional understanding of the
manufacturing processes utilized by the suppliers of mechanical
components (precision machining, sheet metal, plastic injection
molding and other plastics processes, etc), and or contract
manufacturing, OEM, cables, PCA, etc.
--- Familiar with project management techniques for new product
--- ECO implementation experience required.
--- Familiarity with contract and cost negotiation techniques.
--- Excellent oral and written communication skills a must. Ability
to communicate at both high (strategic) and detailed (tactical)
levels and the ability to know when one or the other is
appropriate. Diplomacy and "grace under fire" a must.
--- Detail oriented with demonstrated ability to proactively
follow-up on areas of responsibility in a timely manner.
--- Ability to perform repetitive computer data entry and place
phone calls for 50+% of the workday.
--- Ability to walk across the factory, move materials, lift
packages up to 35 lbs., and read and have a basic understanding of
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