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MKS Instruments Inc Senior Buyer/Planner in Methuen, Massachusetts

Senior Buyer/Planner

Location: Methuen, MA

Job Category: Operations

Employment Classification: Full Time


Job Title: Senior Buyer/Planner

Position Summary:

Under the general supervision of the Purchasing Manager purchase, plan and schedule materials specific to the Machining and sheet metal Commodities both domestic and offshore to support production requirements while managing critical suppliers’ relationships

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Forecast, plan and purchase materials for specific commodities, as assigned

  • Executes all procurement activity utilizing MRP and other methods to ensure that material is delivered on schedule, at the negotiated price, and meets specifications and quality requirements

  • Regulates inventory levels to achieve targeted inventory turns

  • Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

  • Partner with suppliers in quality material procurement and problem solving

  • Leads negotiations and supplier management for business unit (unique) materials

  • Works with Manufacturing, Suppliers and Engineering to coordinate & complete ECO implementation, phase in phase out activities and multiple design changes while minimizing scrap and obsolescence

  • Participates on MRB teams to disposition non-conforming material, manage replacement, and monitor supplier’s performances

  • Interacts with sourcing team to ensure best practices and greatest leverage in procurement, low cost region sourcing, supplier assessment and reduce supply chain risk

  • Effective supplier/customer communications to ensure proper inventory levels, on time shipments and deliveries of products

  • Manages Data integrity and MRP attributes and has MRP knowledge as it relates to complex product scheduling and planning terminology

  • Engages with Suppliers on resolving critical or chronic late delivery issues

  • Manages and develops the commodities supply base to reduce number of suppliers and ensure the highest quality and lowest cost

  • Identifies potential suppliers to determine if they meet the specified requirements, advising management on the appropriate supplier to be used. Engages with cross functional teams to complete new supplier qualification plan.

  • Prepares suppliers report cards and metrics for supplier performance monitoring.

  • Drives supplier performance

  • Conducts supplier meetings with internal customers as required, including audits, assessments and business reviews.

  • Implements and manage complex contracts (Kanban, VMI, JIT) to support build plans while minimizing inventory and lead times.

  • Coordinates all supplier activity with Global Commodity Management to develop partnerships and risk mitigation plans to ensure continuity of supply at the best price and quality.

  • Actively seeks opportunities for Supplier consolidation

  • Act as Supply Chain team leader for selected commodities and/or key suppliers and initiatives


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education and experience

  • Minimum 5-7 years of Machining and sheet metal Commodities purchasing/planning experience

  • Strong negotiation and analytical skills; Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to interact cross-functionally

  • Project Management skills with the ability to develop strategic plans, coordinate projects, and communicate changes and progress.

  • Manage PPV (purchase price variance) with suppliers and maintain monthly reports

  • Ability to manage / coordinate full product life cycle; NPI, production, and EOL

  • Ability to write routine reports, procedures and correspondences, and to speak effectively before groups of customers, suppliers and employees of organization.

  • Strong Excel capabilities including vLookup and pivot table generation

  • Decision maker with the ability to analyze needs and risks, while handling multiple priorities

Preferred Requirements:

  • Prior experience with ERP and Agile PLM document control systems

  • APICS Certification (CPIM)

  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM)