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:

Planner:

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

Logistics:

  • 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

Buyer:

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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