Collins McNicholas

Senior Buyer / Planner– Our client is offering a unique and exciting opportunity in Limerick to be part of Start-Up. 

Buyer / Planner will also be considered!

We are exclusively working with Edwards Lifesciences a world leading Medical Device company. If you have a passion for improving the lives of patients with structural heart disease, please read on.

The Company: 

Edwards Lifesciences is driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world’s leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives.

Senior Buyer / Planner

Job Functions:


Develop and schedule the Manufacturing Production Plan from the Master Production Schedule requirements with increased complexity and volume and with higher level of autonomy. Development includes the following:

  • Manage issues preventing execution of the MPS and production plan. Issues include but are not limited to non-conforming materials or processes, material or equipment availability, completing unplanned requirements
  • Analyze resource availability, develop short and mid-range capacity plans with manufacturing teams, and lead teams to ensure plans are met
  • Generate work orders using system (e.g., JDE)
  • Manage work order progress, including working with production and other supporting departments (e.g., quality, microbiology, engineering) to ensure production plans are met
  • Provide ship schedule to Supply Chain/Demand team
  • Establish and maintain gross inventory targets with a limited scope. Includes developing action plans to minimize inventory exposure and for scrapping or mitigating excess and obsolete parts based on business information, and assess inventory management
  • Develop and identify cost reduction process improvements
  • Creation of reports of key performance indicators and identify opportunities for potential report automation and drive these to completion
  • Support plant level and enterprise level planning improvement initiatives with a high degree of complexity


  • Liaise with the warehouse team for shipping and receiving of material with increased complexity and volume and with higher level of autonomy
  • Potential supervision employees supporting work order scheduling and cutting
  • Ensure shipment of materials by applying knowledge of import and export laws and regulations


Plan materials requirements and provide to to support production schedules and new product launches with increased complexity and volume and with higher level of autonomy. including:

  • Working with the supplier to ensure materials are made to the proper specs
  • Leading cross functional teams to resolve obstacles to meeting the schedule, including, but not limited to, resolving issues with non-conforming material, unclear specifications or vendor capacity constraints
  • Expediting purchase orders as required. Includes expediting material from the receiving dock though receiving inspection, to production stores

Required Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years’ minimum experience in purchasing, logistics and/or production control
  • Experience working in medical device or regulated industry
  • Experience in MRP and ERP systems, JDE preferred
  • Proven expertise in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including negotiating and relationship management skills with ability to drive achievement of objectives
  • Excellent problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Full knowledge and understanding of Edwards policies, procedures and guidelines relevant to purchasing material, logistics, and/or production control
  • Full knowledge of material requirements planning (MRP) and inventory management programs (e.g., Kanban, Min/Max)
  • Full knowledge of manufacturing methods and procedures and cost reduction techniques
  • Full knowledge of market and economic indicators, practices and procurement proceduresAdvanced problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of and adherence to import and export guidelines
  • Strict attention to detail
  • Ability to interact professionally with all organizational levels
  • Ability to manage competing priorities in a fast paced environment

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