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Title:  Sr. Buyer/Planner, Glass Systems

Requisition ID:  55984
Date:  Aug 5, 2022

Exton, Remote, US

Department:  Operations



Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate – which all help contribute to a Healthier World.


At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients’ lives each and every day – our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $2.14B in 2020. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNA—our team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.


Job Summary:

The Senior Buyer/ Planner will support the Supply Planning Manager in meeting all functional and corporate goals and the day-to-day supply planning process for an identified group of products within the glass systems network.  The main role will be to ensure the timely procurement and delivery of all assigned products within the glass systems network to achieve order fulfillment targets. They will be responsible for purchasing order release and delivery, inventory monitoring, and customer order fulfillment.  The planner will be responsible to coordinate cross-functionally across the network with vendors, West plants/DCs, and customer service on regular basis to execute tasks and resolves issues.  


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure timely procurement and delivery of all assigned products within the glass systems network to achieve order fulfillment targets – i.e., direct vendor materials and internally sourced components
  • Reviews MRP for glass systems assigned components – new demands, inventory, planned orders
  • Prepares purchase orders/stock transfers orders and monitors progress through delivery
  • Supports master data setup process in SAP for new materials including maintenance of accurate planning master data – i.e., lead times, MOQs, pricing, safety stock etc.
  • Maintains collaborative working relationships with vendors and West sister facilities
  • Balances requirements planning with optimal order sizes, logistics/transportation, and warehousing space
  • Communicate and escalate any delivery concerns from vendors and/or to customers as required
  • Utilize SAP, Excel, and other information systems in the forecasting, planning, and purchasing of traded goods from vendors and components/ raw materials from West sites
  • Review OTIF and vendor performance and support any improvement efforts
  • Confers with vendors to obtain product or service information such as price, availability, and delivery schedule
  • Liaise with third-party distribution center/plant warehouse location coordinators as required in the stocking of components and monitor space limits
  • Other duties as assigned


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Operations Management, Business, or relevant field
  • Minimum 5 years of supply chain planning or buying experience using advanced MRP system within a manufacturing environment
  • Preferred experience in pharma or other regulated industries


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with SAP preferred


Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 25 % of the time




Physical and Mental Requirements:

  • Sedentary - exerting up to 10lbs/4kgs of force occasionally, and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to life, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body.  Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.  Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, speaking, coordinating, and organizational skills
  • Must be able to perform well under pressure
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Detail oriented with exceptional time management and multi-tasking ability
  • Proven ability to develop reports and analyze data to initiate problem-solving
  • Must be analytical and data-driven in the decision-making process and focused on improving customer service
  • Must be a team player with the ability to handle multiple simultaneous tasks and follow up on requests








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