The purpose of this position is to perform and manage the buying/planning functions. Duties include responsibility for material replenishment process management, inventory management, supplier management, customer relations and job planning activities to support 100% on-time delivery and cost goals. The Buyer/Planner will be joining the Thomson Industries team in Wood Dale, IL. Thomson is part of Altra (AIMC).
SCOPE AND IMPACT OF POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: This position significantly impacts on-time delivery, quality, and cost of our product lines.
KEY RELATIONSHIPS: The Buyer Planner will work closely with Production Management and Operations to insure flow of materials as well as with Suppliers on delivery needs.
Place purchase orders for materials and confirm delivery with suppliers, expedite material as needed
Lead Lean Materials process improvement initiatives
Drive inventory reduction and cost savings through lean tools and supplier negotiations
Coordinate schedules with outside suppliers and internal operations
Work closely with Internal Customers to prioritize production schedule and backlog
Monitor Kanban Ordering system, resize to current demand patterns
Drive inventory reduction, cost savings and OTD
Resolve Invoice Matching Accounts Payable issues as required
Support Customer Service, Product Managers and Engineering as required
Resolve and work on quality issues with the quality team and suppliers
Drive FAI process by using lean tools like FPQP
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business or related field with 2 years planning or purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment OR 8 years minimum manufacturing experience with at least 4 years planning and/or purchasing in a manufacturing environment
Strong technical background, combination of education and work experience
Ability to read Blue Prints
Strong oral and written communication skills
Strong analytic skills, a high degree of Microsoft Excel knowledge is required
Good organizational skills and problem-solving abilities
Ability to analyze data, form strategic plans and execute at the tactical level
Kanban experience, Oracle software is preferred
Understanding of concepts in a Lean Manufacturing Environment and Kanban Supply Chains
Self-starter with a strong sense of urgency
Change Agent, demonstrated ability to drive process improvements
US Citizen, Permanent Resident or Green Card holder (for ITAR compliance purposes)
EEO Statement: The company in which you have expressed employment interest is a subsidiary or affiliate of Altra Industrial Motion Corp. The subsidiary or affiliate is referred to as an ""Altra Company."" Altra Industrial Motion Corp. and all Altra Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or other characteristics protected by law. The ""EEO is the Law"" poster is available at:
Individuals who need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process will have the opportunity to request accommodation during the application process.


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