Senior Buyer/Planner

Irvine, CA

About the Role:

The Production and Procurement department drives the demand/supply planning, inventory management, and procurement processes.  They work with our overseas Supply Chain team, manufacturing partners, and component suppliers to ensure orders are on track and meet Super73 requirements.  The Production Planning and Procurement team work on a weekly cadence, placing production and component orders to support expected shipment schedules and mitigate component shortage risks.

We are seeking a Senior Buyer/Planner who will work with our manufacturing partners and component suppliers on purchase order placement, track open orders, and expedite orders when necessary.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Place purchase orders for the procurement of raw materials and finished goods as required by the forecast and the production schedule.
  • Monitor status of open purchase orders to ensure on-time delivery of all materials.
  • Expedite or defer orders as required based on schedule/inventory changes.
  • Issue requests for quotes, evaluate supplier responses, and propose the best option with respect to cost, quality, and delivery schedule.
  •  Coordinate material flows throughout product/BOM changes, obsolescence, and the introduction of new suppliers and/or materials due to new product development.
  •  Work with suppliers with PO and invoice discrepancies, returns and quality issues.
  • Resolve invoice issues and work closely with finance for supplier payments.
  • Collaborate with internal customers and provide a high level of customer service.
  •  Provide back-up support for shipping, receiving, warehousing and other duties as assigned.
  • Participate in cost reduction and inventory optimization initiatives.
  • Generate and maintain relevant reports as assigned.
  • Assist in implementing new tools and systems. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree up to 4+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience in purchasing for New Product Development and/or Contract Manufacturing 
  • Experience in purchasing mechanical, electrical, and electronic components.
  • Experience working with a 3rd party Asian based manufacturing partner in purchasing and inventory management is required.
  • Prior experience of working in a startup is a plus
  • Sense of urgency & attention to detail
  • Good organization, communication, and follow-up skills
  • Experience with Data entry
  • Experience in using MS Office applications