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Req ID:  1664



Are you looking for a company that cares about people’s lives and health, including yours? At Olympus, we help make people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling, every day. 
Let’s inspire healthier lives, together.

Job Description

The Buyer/Planner purchases OEM completed products from specified suppliers ensuring timely delivery while maintaining and delivering cost reductions preventing backorders as well as preventing overstock situations. They ensure company ERP system is up to date with part master information within Oracle for the proper output and dissemination of MRP information.) They analyze the needs of manufacturing and orders material to ensure an uninterrupted flow of goods and services sufficient to support the master production schedule and/or sales plan.

Job Duties

* Performs domestic and global sourcing of assigned commodities


* Maintain supplier files in accordance with policies


* Accountable for data input and integrity of items and suppliers within responsibility


* Recommend and propose cost saving proposals including alternative sourcing


* Works with management to address in a timely manner all aspects of commodity management including procurement support commodity business plans pricing and product availability


* Support sustaining project teams Order Management Reviews and analyzes purchase requirements


* Prepare and execute blanket purchase orders where appropriate and manage releases accordingly


* Execute purchasing activities with an assigned supply base ensuring communication to suppliers is on time and accurate


* Place Purchase Orders obtaining order confirmations expedite/de-expedite cancelling managing PO dates etc


* Review adjust if necessary and execute Oracle MRP Exceptions report


* Reconcile receiving and invoice discrepancies with suppliers and/or internal supporting functions


* Interact with suppliers and foster good working relationships Interacts closely with suppliers and QA to resolve quality issues


* Participate on NCR reviews and closure


* Facilitates the prompt resolution to Supplier Change Notices by engaging the proper support functions


* Assist in preparation analysis presentation to resource approval boards 


* Generate and report on supplier performance metrics for assigned supply base


* Identify potential solutions to improve poor performing suppliers Supply Planning Thorough understanding of ERP system planning and its impact on purchasing activities


* Ability to analyze changes to the inputs and outputs of the Material Requirements plan identify problems and recommend solutions


* Manage the assigned supplier base to ensure proper inventory levels


* Analyze material requirements and recommend changes to item master data both purchasing and planning parameters to support purchasing strategy drive cost reduction & improve service levels


* Review forecast and propose specific solutions and/or recommendations to manager to best support forecast changes as well as the impact to item master data


* Proactively communicates with manager regarding maximizing changes to: part parameters, supplier database information, Non- Conformances


* Performs cost analysis and volume planning for commodities in support of purchasing strategy


* Assist in annual standard cost setting exercises

Job Requirements



* Bachelor's degree required


* Minimum 3 years of material purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment preferably medical


* Ability to travel




* Experience in a Lean manufacturing environment preferred


* Significant knowledge of MRP systems Engineering Quality and general business processes


* Strong problem solving data analysis and decision-making abilities


* Functional knowledge of supplier processes Knowledge of EDI transactions related to purchasing


* Understanding of change and comprehension to sense of urgency


* Must be able to influence negotiate and resolve conflicts to reach consensus around common goals


* Advanced communication skills with the ability to present complex data and situations

We realize work isn’t just a job to you.

It’s a big part of your life, but not the only part. That’s why we offer competitive salaries, a robust 401(k) program, annual bonus program and comprehensive medical benefits, as well as tuition reimbursement, flexible schedules, parental and adoption leave, on-site services and Colleague Affinity Networks — so you can be ready for where life can take you.

Olympus is passionate about the solutions it creates for the medical, life sciences, and industrial equipment industries, as well as cameras and audio products. For more than 100 years, Olympus has focused on making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling by helping detect, prevent, and treat disease, furthering scientific research, ensuring public safety, and capturing images of the world.

Olympus Corporation of the Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus Corporation, is headquartered in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA, and employs more than 5,500 employees throughout locations in North and South America. For more information, visit

Olympus…True to You. True to Society. True to LIFE.

It is the policy of Olympus to extend equal employment and advancement opportunity to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin (including language use restrictions), citizenship status, religious creed (including dress and grooming practices), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and/or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental) and/or a medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or service in the uniformed services, and any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Posting Notes: || United States (US) || Pennsylvania (US-PA) || Center Valley || 

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