Solutions Group Production Planner

Company History

Power/mation is a nationally recognized distributor specializing in advanced automation hardware and software products as well as solutions. We help our customers improve their manufacturing processes by assisting them in the application of unique automation solutions in the following technology areas: motion control, logic control, software, sensors, vision, safety, power transmission, panel components and solutions.

Power/mation began in 1961 and has grown to multiple locations within Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas.

Responsibilities

Power/mation is adding a Solutions Group Planner in our St. Paul office. The Solutions Production Planner will implement purchasing policies and procedures within an assigned level of authority in order to maintain inventory levels to fulfill customer service level needs and to maximize company profit. This individual will also creatively negotiate volume purchasing.

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Creates and implements policies and procedures and is responsible for the development of procedures and work instructions for the purchasing function

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Trains and provides continuous coaching of buyers in the procedures of distribution purchasing to ensure the most cost-effective product acquisition

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Oversees daily workflow and monitoring of production department objectives

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Responsible for ensuring products are purchased that meet customer quantity and delivery requirements for profitability

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Controls and manages master production schedule for product deliveries and expedites deliveries to ensure material availability for given projects

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Interfaces with integration partners and vendor representatives to maintain positive business relationships

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Develop and implement strategies that will lead to improvement in supplier performance based on Power/mation policy procedure requirements

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Follow established procedures in accordance to Solutions Group work instructions to enter and coordinate project and component orders, quote prices, requests SPA’s and terms of sales

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Verifies component availability reporting deviations back to the respective engineers or coordinators

Qualifications

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High school diploma or equivalent

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Minimum five years purchasing experience

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Excellent leadership, communication and analytical skills are needed

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Negotiation skills to creatively negotiate with vendors

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CPM and previous industrial distribution purchasing experience strongly preferred and experience in EDI and INFOR desirable

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Effective problem-solving abilities

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Organizational skills

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Strong written and verbal communication skills

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Ability to lead work groups to effectively and efficiently achieve department goals

Benefits

Medical and dental plan, life insurance with AD&D, long term disability, health savings accounts, health and dependent care reimbursement accounts, voluntary life insurance, voluntary vision insurance, 401K with company match feature, discretionary profit sharing plan, educational assistance, paid time off, paid holidays including birthday and service anniversary.