Sr Planner/Buyer
ZIMMER - Ponce, PR

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Within specialized commodity area, procure materials, tools, subcontract services as requisitioned at lowest possible price while obtaining quality products and ensuring that material delivered as scheduled. Investigates and develops sources of supplies, preparing bid specifications; issues bid requests and reviews quotations. Interprets purchasing procedures to departments and vendors, as a specialist in assigned material categories, which require a high degree of technical knowledge. May lead or supervise the activities of others. Assist other departments in proper product selection, economic buying practices. Responsible to comply with ISO 13.485 requirements.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities •Manage procurements of all products and/or services based on demand/requests from all functional areas and projects.
•Negotiate with suppliers, service providers, and contractors in order to get the best value for the company.
•Liaise with freight forwarders and customs brokers for inbound clearance and outbound freight arrangements.
•Obtain and evaluate vendor quotes and services to determine most desirable suppliers in accordance with procurement policies and procedures.
•Engage in supplier relationship management and performance evaluation on a monthly basis.
•Maintain and follow standards, policies, and procedures within ZMBV and Zimmer Global Sourcing.
•Participate in material requirements planning and forecasted demand analysis.
•Ensure proper documentation is maintained for procurement activities and transactions.
•Liaise with internal departments and functional units to carry out the operational requirements and disseminate relevant information for efficient operational flow.
•Ability to Analyze Data and Problem Solving.
•Provide reports/KPIs to Global Supply Chain management.
•Involve in Global Supply Chain projects as a subject matter expert to enhance operational processes.
•Proficiency in English and Spanish (written and verbal).
•Working ERP knowledge (JDE, SAP).
•Ability to establish and maintain strong relationships with internal customers and external suppliers to meet or exceed business objectives.
•Strong understanding and experience with supplier and subcontractor negotiations, to include knowledge of commercial terms and conditions related to procurement of goods and services
Strong communication skills – verbal and written, ability to communicate effectively to varied audiences.
•Self-motivated, able to perform role with minimal supervision.
•Able to manage multiple priorities in a dynamic environment.
•Ability to work within a cross-cultural / global team setting
•Recommend substitutes where savings in cost or improved delivery will result.
•Carry out necessary follow-up and expedite activities for items within his/her responsibility to procure.
•Function as Purchasing Systems Coordinator to improve existing systems reports, evaluate or propose improvement operating systems. Frequent communication and coordination will be necessary with various departments, their personnel to effectively design, integrate new system proposals.
•Prepare Activity Reports on monthly basis, or as otherwise required.
•Forecast standard cost for assigned items, analyze purchase price variance and issue reports as required.
•Handle adjustments with vendors involving replacement of materials nonconforming to specifications, cancellation of orders, etc.
•Provide solutions of quality issues on suppliers through designated channels.
•May be required to do Planning activities if necessary.
•Contracts generation for key suppliers.

Expected Areas of Competence Ability to effectively coordinate and guide effort of others either directly or indirectly in reporting responsibility or those in other departments. Good interpersonal skills. Customer service and team work oriented. Analytical skill required in evaluating quotation proposals (cost analysis), planning for negotiations (strategies involving product gross margins, etc.). Ability to communicate effectively with various levels of management. Ability to present written proposals, procurement plans, etc., in concise but thorough manner. Familiar with and effective in purchasing negotiations.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of purchasing. Knowledge of the materials, products, and the commodity markets in assigned areas of specialization. Knowledge on contract development. Skill in preparing and analyzing complex technical specifications, bids and proposals. Skill in both verbal and written communication. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships. Skill in supervising or leading the work activities of others.

Education/Experience Requirements Eight (8) plus years of progressive experience in Purchasing Specialty. Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Engineering or related field. M.B.A. a plus. Excellent communications skills in English and Spanish. Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, Outlook, Project, PowerPoint
Strong knowledge and previous experience with Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002 audit requirements and process controls

Travel Requirements 10%

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