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Senior Buyer/Planner - Wheeling, IL

Post Date: 10/06/2021

Req. Number: 90866

City: Wheeling

State: Illinois

Zip Code: 60090


Goodwill TalentBridge, a full service staffing and recruitment firm, is part of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago, the largest of the 165 Goodwill territories in North America. With more than 90 years of experience in Workforce Development and job training, Goodwill is helping thousands of people find work in the communities we serve, including 13 counties in Wisconsin and 10 counties in Illinois.

Actively seeking a Senior Buyer/Planner for one of our clients in the Wheeling, IL area! This is a DIRECT HIRE opportunity focused on the procurement of components, supplies, and services. Previous experience within manufacturing required.

M-F; 6:00AM - 2:30PM
*Flexibility with start time

$65,000 – starting pay, open and negotiable based on experience!

AFFORDABLE MEDICAL – DENTAL – VISION, plus 401(k) and company contribution plan, Health Savings Account (HSA), 3 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plans, company paid Life Insurance and EAP plans, ESPP, Tuition Reimbursement, Parental Leave AND MORE!


Following established policies and procedures, the Senior Buyer/Planner will act as the driver of cost effective and timely procurement solutions through forecasting, identifying issues and ensuring solutions are delivered by:

  • Working with the Materials Manager to develop strategies, consolidate, and manage supplier base as necessary
  • Lead sales forecasting breakdown into component demand planning
  • Develop and execute materials inflow planning by evaluating demand requirements daily to support production demand while driving high inventory turnover
  • Track market conditions of commodities purchased
  • Evaluate and order all materials needed for production, maintenance, and office personnel
  • Control data integrity of business system around inventory locations and quantities on hand
  • Revise Kanban/replenishment quantities as demands shift
  • Lead the phase in and phase out planning of materials through new product development, modification and obsolescence
  • Evaluate quotes for quality, delivery, and cost considerations
  • Negotiate price, terms, and conditions with suppliers to ensure proper cost management
  • Work with engineering and other departments to identify cost reduction and continuous improvement opportunities
  • Review supplier performance and address deficiencies regarding safety, quality, delivery, and cost
  • Use Kanban and JDE operating systems to maintain inventory
  • Act as gatekeeper for all inventory transactions of components required by engineering, service, or other functional areas of business
  • Collaborate directly with factory personnel, qualify team and manufacturing engineers to support an accelerated drive towards resolution of any production issues from a materials support standpoint
  • Coordinate, prepare, review, and retain all import documentation to ensure compliance with the U.S. Govt rules and regulations
  • Oversee all documentation related to import logistics and compliance.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in business, finance, or related field preferred
  • 5+ years’ experience in purchasing, material or distribution required
  • Ability to aggressively negotiate and manage optimum pricing and volume for assigned commodities
  • Knowledge of the written procedures, documents, and forms used to measure, analyze, report, and score supplier performance to stated requirements
  • Advanced MS Excel and Access skills with proficiency in entire MS Office Suite
  • Experience with ERP system data management; JDE preferred
  • Excellent analytical skills, detail-oriented, ability to multitask, and meet deadlines
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Solid understanding of Lean principles, Six Sigma, Kaizen, and JIT processes in an industrial environment


  • Ability to travel vendor/supplier locations as required.



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