Essential FunctionsPosition Summary: The Buyer / Planner is responsible for analyzing, planning and managing the incoming flow of materials to ensure it is available to support the production schedule. The Buyer / Planner uses the PFEP (Plan for Every Part) to develop and implement strategies to keep inventory at an optimal level to support production and customer orders while optimizing inventory as a percent of sales. The Buyer / Planner is also responsible for leading the shipping and receiving teams. Scope/Supervision and Interaction: ____ Has Direct Reports __x__ Does Not Have Direct Reports Position will report to the Materials Planning Manager – Greensboro and interact intra-divisionally with operations and supply chain. Will manage shipping and receiving personnel and inventory. Essential Functions: - Manage the monthly PFEP, ensuring historical usage and forecast are included to best plan for changes in material demand. - Maintain Kanban ordering systems to ensure appropriate inventory levels are held. Suggests items for addition / deletion from Kanban. - Purchase parts, equipment and materials by submitting orders (POs direct to vendors and internal transfers). - Responsible for the maintenance and accuracy of open orders (Kanban included). - Works with supplying plants to communicate demand changes. - Provides parts, equipment and materials information by answering questions and requests. - Prepares reports by collection, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends. - Responsible for inventory levels. Generates tracking reports and performs data entry and analysis as required. - Participates in continuous improvement activities and provides suggestions for cost reduction and efficiency improvements. - Leads the receiving and shipping teams, ensuring all product is received and shipped timely. Qualifications: - 4 year college degree in Supply Chain management or relevant discipline. - Experience and/or exposure to supply chain and manufacturing concepts and methodologies. -Possess analytical and technical skills required to understand business practices and recommend proper automation opportunities. -Must have advanced computer skills and be able to understand of electronic processing. -Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills for effective interface with all internal and external contacts. -Must be an innovator and embrace lean enterprises principles and practices. Parker is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Parker is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based on job related reasons regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status or any other status protected by the law. U.S. Citizenship / Permanent Resident is required for most positions. (Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/VEVRAA Federal Contractor.) Additional Comments: The essential functions have been provided as examples of the type of work performed by employees assigned to this job classification. The Company reserves the right to modify the work assignments and/or to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions. The job description is not intended to be an all inclusive list of duties and responsibilities. It is intended to describe the general nature of the position.