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Specialist, Materials (Buyer)
Job ID #: 7531 Location: Tennessee - Maryville
Functional Area: Supply Chain Department: C34 CF34-AIRLINES
Position Type: Full-Time Regular Education Required: Completion of high school or equivalent
Experience Required: 3 - 5 Years Relocation Provided: No



Plans and manages inventory at a business unit level, including stores exchange pools, and inventory also held at the service centers.  Purchases materials, equipment, supplies and services within established limits for quality, quantity and price guidelines from manufacturers, distributors and surplus dealers.  Obtains quotes and negotiates delivery arrangements.  Responsible for the maintenance and integrity of related data and systems.  

Specific Accountabilities
 Carries out inventory control functions by balancing company goals (cost, quality, delivery), setting up and maintaining ABC analysis of inventory, monitoring and controlling customer consignment parts, disposing of excess/obsolete inventory, rescheduling orders if their receipt is premature, monitoring reduce to spares inventory levels, and transferring inventory between service center locations if necessary.
 Manages, plans and reports on the status of all inventory owned by the business unit; includes working with and setting targets with the service centers.  Plans the purchase of all assigned inventory based on forecasts, percentage replacement factors and the alternate parts data file.
 Obtains quotations from vendors to ensure favorable quality, price and delivery terms; researches new products and vendors; provides data to technical staff and assists them in purchasing decisions.  Expedites orders to ensure timely delivery of purchases by verifying initial demands and analyzing backorder reports.
 Interfaces with vendors, staff and management to resolve discrepancies, answer questions and provide guidance and training on inventory systems.  Recommends enhancements to material planning systems.
 Controls data integrity of inventory systems by creating and updating item master files, analyzing engineering control changes, monitoring past due purchase orders and work-in-progress, researching inventory discrepancies, verifying and updating alternate parts file, and verifying and updating standard costs.
 Coordinates and monitors the return of damaged goods, arranging for replacements or credits, and documents all transactions.
 Researches and reconciles discrepancies noted during cycle count process.
 Carries out new, used and sub-contract supplier/vendor development for the business unit by sourcing new vendors, negotiating price and delivery terms, administering vendor qualification surveys, and educating suppliers on the material policies and procedures of the business unit.
 Interacts with Logistics to ensure maximization of freight savings and to communicate priority shipments of incoming materials.



Technical Requirements
 Strong planning, organizational, analytical, negotiation, interpersonal, decision making, oral and written communication skills.
 Thorough knowledge of inventory control systems.
 Thorough knowledge of inventory control, purchasing and production management computer systems.
 University bachelor degree in business administration; or equivalent.
 Experience in an inventory or manufacturing environment.

Must be authorized to work in the US per ITAR.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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