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2019 Associate Buyer Planner - Thief River Falls, MN

SUMMARY:
Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of golf cars, utility and personal transportation vehicles, snowmobiles, side-by-sides, all-terrain vehicles, professional turf-care equipment, and ground support equipment. Textron Specialized Vehicles markets products under the E-Z-GO?, Cushman?, Arctic Cat?, Textron Off RoadTM, Jacobsen?, Dixie Chopper?, Ransomes?, TUG?, DouglasTM, Premier? and Safeaero? brands. Its vehicles are found in environments ranging from golf courses to factories, airports to planned communities, and theme parks to hunting preserves.
The Buyer / Planner position is a dynamic role that encompasses responsibility for the planning of material requirements, managing deliveries, managing inventory and maintaining batch sizes. This position will work very closely with the supply base and the shop floor to identify opportunities for productivity improvements, avoid downtime, avoid cost increases, and reduce lead-times. Also plays an integral role in ensuring total customer satisfaction in a continuous improvement environment.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
Analyzes raw material demand for purchase and on-time delivery in an MRP environment.
Places purchase orders and expedites materials to meet weekly production plans.
Monitors supply base performance as related to delivery and quality, and works with the supply base to resolve issues.
Manages the MRP system to ensure 100% schedule accuracy and adherence.
Implements and documents comprehensive plans for all part number changes or usage changes.
Manages inventory levels to avoid excessive inventory, inventory shortages, and/or inventory inaccuracies within defined guidelines. Analyze domestic and international shipping forecasts to achieve optimal inventory level
Analyze domestic and international shipping forecasts to achieve optimal inventory levels
Keep up-to-date on both actual and potential supply problems and/or delivery issues; provide timely communications and analysis to management.
Develop and promote better ways of analyzing and communicating service to both internal and external customers.
Assess suppliers' performance against predetermined go
Assist in improving supplier quality acceptance rates, delivery performance and cost savings performance.
Disposition discrepant material as needed.
Create purchase orders and ensure appropriate delivery.
Communicate with vendors to obtain product, price, availability, and delivery information.
Prepare material variance analyses and review cycle count results to allow for appropriate recommendations for improvements.
CAPABILITY REQUIREMENTS:
Solid computer skills including experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
High energy multi-tasker, deal with ambiguity
Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent analytical, problem solving, and interpersonal skills.
Strong attention to detail.
Statistical reporting skills.
Ability to understand and support a manufacturing schedule.
Superior negotiation skills.
Good project management skills, and the ability to multi-task.
Lean manufacturing experience preferred.
Team player who is willing to take on a variety of responsibilities to support operations.
Flexibility in a constantly changing environment.
Demonstrate strong customer focus and drive for results
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's Degree in business or related work experience required.
0-3 years related manufacturing or assembly experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

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