Buyer Planner I

Procurement / Materials Management | Santa Ana, CA

Job Function:

We are seeking a Buyer Planner I who can support Irvine Scientific growth by driving improved inventory turns, hitting target service levels, and controlling the creation of excess inventory.  Also to ensure raw materials availability to production in all times.  To be successful, this individual will be required to move easily between systematic modeling, tactical analysis, and detailed execution of work plan.  This individual will need to possess a strong combination of leadership, analytical, and communication skills. The Buyer Planner owns the processes around executing raw material and finish good inventory requisition to purchase, manage change by exception, modeling/projecting inventory levels, and order fulfillment.

Job Duties:

  • Lead the Supply Planning Review Process (SPR) within Operations & Quality
  • Partner with Demand Planner on demand & supply scenario modeling
  • Develop supply planning metrics and process KPI
  • Model, establish, and track safety stock levels to hit service level targets
  • Accountable for all RM & FG planning and requisition placement in Jeeves
  • Oversee the analysis and projections of Excess & Obsolescence (E&O) & Scrap Reporting and work with manager to develop action plan for improvement opportunities
  • Partner with Quality in Material Review Board (MRB) committee
  • Oversee the planning value review process and analysis with various departments and ensure accurate values are populated in Jeeves planning data tab
  • Collaborate with cross-functional team (i.e. Marketing, QA, Regulatory, etc.) in sorting out customer raw material demands and drive order fulfillment from material suppliers.
  • Secures and analyzes quotations; negotiates prices and terms with suppliers; and recommends suppliers with respect to cost, quality, and delivery competitiveness for assigned responsibilities.
  • Maintains and communicates material availability and supplier commitment information.
  • Work closely with Procurement Manager to manage assigned Strategic Suppliers, and establish leadership role on certain initiatives/ projects.
  • Assist identification and qualification of new sources of supply to support the business strategies.
  • Review, approve, and coordinate change to specifications as required.
  • Demonstrates project management skills, including project chartering, timeline development and management of deliverables.
  • Issue purchase orders using ERP system and ensure suppliers confirm receipt of PO .
  • Assessment and processing of change notifications from suppliers
  • Maintain supplier item details on raw material specifications
  • Collaborate with Facilities, Engineering, and EMS groups to understand their sourcing needs and issuing purchase orders while meeting the appropriate need-by-date.
  • Review open Purchase Order List and follow up on updated delivery time with suppliers to ensure assurance of supply.
  • Resolve any supplier invoice discrepancies with suppliers and Finance.
  • Contribute to Total Cost of Ownership savings target as set forth by the Supply Chain management.
  • Contribute to standard cost setting for internal financial analysis annually.
  • Manage supplier relationships in building stronger understanding of processes, forecast, and supplier capabilities.
  • Other duties will be assigned by the management as needed.


  • Minimum a Bachelor Degree with concentration in Supply Chain, Operations, Mathematics, Economics, Purchasing, or related science or finance industry.
  • Master Degree is highly desirable.
  • APICS or ISM Certification is preferred but not required
  • Buyer and/or Supply Planning experience in Jeeves ERP or other related inventory planning tools preferred.
  • Competent and knowledgeable in utilizing best practices in inventory management, APICS, or other Supply Chain organization experience is preferred.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Expert level Microsoft Excel and database reporting skills is a plus.
  • Ability to identify and evaluate key supply issues for the company and develop alternative solutions to meet KPI goals. Minimum 2-3 years of buying and/or planning experience in similar or equivalent role is preferred.
  • Life sciences experience or regulated industry experience is beneficial.



Principals only. No recruiters please.

FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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