Sr Buyer/Planner

Medtronic Inc.
North Haven
Feb 10, 2018
Mar 10, 2018
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
Careers that Change Lives

Your dedication to quality is important to our customers and, most importantly, to their patients. As an important member of Materials team in Manufacturing, the Sr. Buyer/Planner will utilize skills and experience in Planning, Purchasing, Negotiating, Production Scheduling and Project Management to meet the goals of the Materials Group and assigned Focus Factory.

Do meaningful work, make a difference, and improve lives ? starting with your own. Click here to see an overview of the products you will be working on.

The Minimally Invasive Therapies Group strives to enable earlier diagnosis, better treatment, faster complication-free recovery, and enhanced patient outcomes through less invasive surgical solutions.

SURGICAL INNOVATIONS sets the standard for Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) by creating innovative surgical products and services that focus on obesity and diseases and conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, lung, abdominal wall, pelvic region, and the head and neck.

A Day in the Life

You will:

* Perform required purchasing tasks to procure assigned parts, materials, supplies, equipment and services required for operation of business.

* Contact suppliers, obtains and evaluates quotations, places orders, and ensures timely delivery. Exercises judgment and knowledge of assigned commodities to make purchases consistent with specified levels of quality, delivery, and price. Negotiates contracts as needed to purchase material and services.

* Maintain commodity responsibility from receipt of requisition, placement of orders, change orders, receipt of parts, acceptance of parts to stock, disposition of discrepant material through the life of the product.

* Perform follow-up operations with suppliers to accomplish delivery of purchased items per schedule. Expedites delivery of critical material.

* Ensure requisitions, purchase orders and changes are input into system and documented in a timely manner in accordance with established procedures and legal requirements.

* Develop capacity plans for assigned items. Determines when additional sources of supply are needed. Identifies and develops plans to qualify additional sources.

* Serve in a liaison capacity between appropriate company personnel and supplier representatives to ensure suppliers are equipped with the needed tools, materials, and specifications, and to obtain solutions to problems.

* Maintain and reports purchasing measurements which indicate buyer and supplier performance.

* Advise manager in a timely manner of impending supplier failure to fulfill contractual agreements or of any other problems that may delay production, after exhausting all means within limits of delegated authority to solve such problems.

* Analyzes marketing forecasts, BPCS requirements, capacity constraints, and material availability in order to plan assigned manufacturing production schedules. Evaluates and responds to product mix changes.

* Analyze special build requests; initiates limited non-standard work orders, and provides necessary material for builds, rework, or special customer sales orders.

* Open required jobs and releases all necessary pull sheets to stockroom for issuance of components to production staging areas.

* Determine priorities for all stockroom pulls to insure timely receipt of raw materials by the appropriate production group.

* Monitor in-process production and disposition of completed work orders; investigates and reconciles material variances prior to requesting work order closure.

* Verify corrective action to prevent production non conformance and the control of further processing or delivery of product until the deficiency is corrected.

* Evaluate end of month production and work in process reports for re-planning and reporting purposes.

* Perform data base maintenance as required, to order modifiers and process control codes.

* Lead major re-plans done with each Quarterly Latest Estimate of the budget, and rolling these up to the family level for presentation purposes.

* Evaluate and project implementation dates of Engineering Change Notices and Temporary Deviation Authorizations, when released, and effectivity dates of components.

* Review overall integrity of proposed engineering changes (ECNs/TDAs); supplies required information necessary for disposition of material and rework.

Must Have: Minimum Requirements

* Bachelor's Degree in related discipline or equivalent combination of related education and experience plus 3-5 or more years experience with purchasing components, commodities, services, and planning

* Effective written and oral communication skills needed to deal with the technical and interpersonal aspects of the position.

* Effective negotiating skills.

* Effective planning and organizational skills.

* Fundamental knowledge of products purchased, good purchasing practices and policies, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Small Business Administration, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Applications, and contract law.

* Knowledge equivalent to and/or receipt of ISM or APICS certification.

* Demonstrated knowledge and ability to use common software tools for spreadsheet and word processing tasks.

* Knowledge of production and material, production control, and inventory planning, word processing software, and main frame database.

* Ability to analyze quantitatively the forecast and production plan numbers in order to understand the manufacturing and marketing of products.


Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

We can accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Let's work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients' lives. Help us shape the future.


The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


It is the policy of Medtronic to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Medtronic will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.This employer participates in the federal E-Verify program to confirm the identity and employment authorization of all newly hired employees. For further information about the E-Verify program, please click here:


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position. SDL2017