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Title:  Buyer Planner

Requisition ID:  57687
Date:  Mar 18, 2023

Tempe, Arizona, US

Department:  Supply Planning



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:

Manages the incoming flow of raw materials and parts to meet production requirements and on-time shipments.  Obtains quotes, generates, and processes requisitions as applicable.  Plans and establishes production work schedules to meet delivery times.  Initiates work, and purchase orders and follows up on work in progress to ensure conformance to schedule.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directs all material purchases; purchases related tools, equipment and supplies in accordance with the company policy; generates purchase order numbers
  • Maintains and updates all necessary files on the computer system.
  • Schedules production; determines run times; ensures the on-time delivery of finished goods.
  • Controls the level of raw material and finished goods inventory.
  • Oversees all planning, purchasing, material logistics, shipping and receiving functions; supervises Warehouse Lead.
  • Works with the Sales Department to ensure internal production efforts meet the customer requirements.
  • Establishes relationships with the customers and suppliers in pursuit of win-win results.
  • Attends schedules or facilitates internal meetings to help establish priorities and assign tasks.
  • Generates MRP report weekly; determines material requirements for production.
  • Interfaces daily with vendors; establishes and encourages the on-time delivery of the specified goods and services.
  • Negotiates the purchase of raw materials and packaging good s for production; adheres to raw material quality specifications; strives to lower overall material costs.
  • Interfaces with production on a daily basis.
  • Coordinates the resolution of internal and external complaints of purchased raw material.
  • Performs additional duties at the request of the direct supervisor.
  • Schedules all sampling of developmental/new tools.
  • Other duties as assigned


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Minimum four to five years related experience.
  • Must have experience with ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system and purchasing functions.
  • Experience with cGMP purchasing practices and ISO experience preferred.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • ERP/SAP system proficiency
  • Medical Device Manufacturing experience
  • Able to be aware of all relevant SOPs as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description
  • Support and contribute in Lean Sigma programs and activities towards delivery of the set target
  • Able to comply with the company’s safety policy at all times
  • Able to comply with the company’s quality policy at all times.


Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 5% of the time


Physical & Mental Requirements:

  • Must be able to work assigned shift(s) with overtime as required to complete assignments if necessary.
  • Sitting and/or standing for extended periods may occur as well as getting to and from offices and building sites.
  • If specifically necessitated by customer requirements, must be able to see with or without corrective lenses and distinguish color differences for product and safety issues. 
  • Hearing ability should be sufficient to hear and react to audible alarms from distances up to 150 feet. 
  • The ability to be able to lift and carry various items up to 50 pounds for manufacturing positions or 30 pounds for administrative positions is required.







West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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