Senior Buyer / Planner

Zoetis   •  

Durham, NC

Industry: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech


8 - 10 years

Posted 130 days ago

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The Senior Buyer/Planner is a member of the Procurement and Inventory team at Zoetis and will work with our operations team to establish a secure supply chain for complex components and assemblies in a highly customized product offering. He/she will develop strategic sourcing strategies, driving globalization of sourced products, reducing cost through various materials lead-time and cost reduction strategies and ensuring high service level for both manufacturing operations and field service parts.  Requires demonstrated capability to develop and negotiate contracts for strategic materials with senior managers of supplier companies. This individual should possess strong analytical and organizational skills to perform both strategic and tactical purchasing functions required to support the needs of a growing organization. The ideal candidate will possess technical skills and training required to effectively source electronic components and sub-systems as well as custom fabricated materials ranging from welded space frames, sheet metal and plastics. Experience in working with third party Contract Manufacturers is a plus. Working with Engineering, Inventory, Planning and Manufacturing, this position will participate in the development of the supply chain in support of all material activities in a project-oriented environment. Significant experienceworking closely with the engineering community to concurrently develop products through the new products cycle is also required. This individual should be able to cultivate and maintain positive supplier relationships at the executive manager level. Background in MRP systems (JDE, SAP, etc.) and APICS certification are a plus.




• Analyze MRP data to ensure appropriate stocking levels are achieved

• Participation in engineering change process, transition management (obsolescence, updated material specifications, etc.), support on analyzing BOM usage accuracy, and knowledge of technical specification / mechanical & electrical drawings

• Work with distribution to monitor usage rates and quality issues, as well as analyzing and adjusting safety stock levels as needed to optimize material flow

• Maintain all master data within MRP and purchasing system. For new materials, request new part numbers and work with Engineering to determine master data

• Work with Manufacturing and Inventory leads to determine appropriate inventory levels, taking into account cost, storage, vendor, quality, usage rate, and lead-time considerations. Monitor inventory levels, communicate variances and adjust accordingly

• Generate a “buy” plan, including all materials required to support the production plan

• Participate in the continuous improvement of the JDE MRP system, planning, purchasing and quality applications. Participate in gap analysis, development of business processes, training and documentation

• Support the development and implementation of sourcing strategies, support manufacturing operations, and negotiate contracts and supply agreements for assigned commodities & services in collaboration with other functional business departments

• Ensure suppliers meet quality requirements and applicable regulatory requirements by initiating appropriate action when supplier quality or compliance deficiencies are identified

• Continuously improve the performance of the materials supply base by supporting the use of supplier management tools such as the supplier report card and commercial meetings

• Be the primary point of contact for material, component and assembly suppliers

• Execute purchase orders to support the MRP plan with component suppliers, third party manufacturing suppliers, and sub-assembly providers

• Forecast supply vulnerabilities and implement plans to insure continuity of supply

• Manage commercial relationships to ensure reliable supply and appropriate resolution of any disputes that arise related to supply

• Ensure compliance with purchasing policies and procedures, ethical practices and adherence  to relevant laws and regulations




• BA/BS degree in supply chain, engineering, or related area preferred; 

• CPIM or CSCM designation desired 

• 8+ years experience in purchasing, planning, materials management, manufacturing, or relevant technical/analytical discipline 

• Experience in the custom fabrication and/or electronics industry

• Experience in third party manufacturing supplier management

• Demonstrated experienceworking with all functional areas and suppliers to ensure the on-time delivery of materials/services to end users with the lowest total cost of ownership

• Demonstrated skills in time management, conflict resolution, negotiation, project management and organization

• Organizational Agility, Process Management, Planning Accurately, Knowledge of procurement contracts and related laws

• Solid understanding of analytical measurement tools as well as an understanding of accounting and financial analysis

• Demonstrated experience with integrated Purchasing Systems (JDE, Oracle, SAP, etc.); and demonstrated computer skills with Microsoft Office applications

• Strong sourcing, negotiation, and contracting skills with demonstrated success in managing complex supplier relationships

• Experience managing supplier productivity and working with suppliers for value creation

• Ability to lead commodity teams and manage agreement implementations in a complex environment

• Strong written/oral communication skills

• Good knowledge of manufacturing processes, financialreporting, and legal aspects of procurement

• JDE/SAP/Oracle/Ariba experience helpful


Proficiency in JD Edwards, SAP, Ariba, and other financial and procurement systems


• Work environment in an office cubicle

• Some domestic travelrequired (5-10%)