Sr. Buyer/Planner

The Hillman Group, Inc. Tempe , AZ 85280

Posted 4 weeks ago


Acts as a Leader within the Purchasing department and procures a variety of complex raw materials, supplies, and services to support production requirements and ensure optimum inventory investment.


Research and Locate Sources for Goods and Services

  • Researches and locates sources for new goods.

  • Evaluates quotes and selects suppliers.

  • Negotiates with suppliers to secure appropriate cost, schedule, quality, payment, and delivery terms.

  • Continually seeks improved sources for materials, supplies, and services.

  • Purchases goods from international suppliers.

  • Assists Engineering staff with the development of new products by locating suppliers and obtaining samples.

Analyze Supply Chain Management requirement

  • Reviews sales forecasts, production schedules, and manufacturing history to determine material requirements for designated items.

  • Consults the automated planning system to make a variety of planning and purchasing decisions.

  • Determines reorder points for non-Material Requirement Planning (MRP) items.

  • Tracks manufacturing and inventory activity and works with Hillman staff to minimize inventory levels and costs.

  • Works with Hillman staff to outline cost, quality, and delivery specifications for new items.

Purchase Goods and Services

  • Generates and places purchase orders for a variety of goods. Follows up with suppliers and Hillman staff to ensure required delivery.

  • Accurately documents all transactions in the automated purchasing system.

  • Orders maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) materials as needed.

  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with suppliers. Monitors supplier performance and addresses issues as needed.

Back-up and Training

  • Serves as a back up to the Purchasing Manager to approve purchase orders over $10,000.

  • Serves as a strong leader within the purchasing group; assists with guidance and training new staff.

Special Activities and Teams

  • Participation in Hillman's Continuous Improvement processes.

  • Knowledge of import paperwork as required by US customs.

  • Works with Hillman staff to develop solutions for receiving, accounts payable, discrepant material, and engineering issues.

  • Participates in the Material Review Board committee.

  • Maintains a current knowledge of company products, manufacturing operations, and market trends.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in business, supply chain management, or equivalent required.


  • ISM and/or APICS involvement strongly preferred.

  • Seven years of experience purchasing a broad range of materials, supplies, and services, with heavy emphasis on electro-mechanical commodities.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of automated production and inventory control, purchasing, and MRP systems (Oracle Enterprise 1).

  • Comprehensive knowledge of statistical process control, supplier management, supplier certification, and product data management multi-level Bill of Material concepts.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows Office applications (Excel, Word, Access)

  • Excellent analytical, negotiation, interpersonal, and communication skills.

  • Strong tec

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Sr. Buyer/Planner

The Hillman Group, Inc.