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Title:                                     Buyer Planner

Department:                      Planning and Logistics

Reporting:                          Director of Planning and Logistics


Iridian Spectral Technologies is a leading manufacturer of high-performance optical filters for a range of applications including telecommunications, spectroscopy, entertainment, space and automotive. All of our operations take place in our headquarters in Ottawa, Canada. We currently have an opening for a Buyer-Planner to support manufacturing by managing the supply of critical materials.  

Major Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Ensure uninterrupted flow of material to support manufacturing and customer OTD
  • Review vendor quotes and negotiate purchase price
  • Issue purchase orders and communicate with vendors regarding order status
  • Communicate and escalate materials supply issues effectively
  • Coordinate delivery priorities and shipping arrangements with warehouse personnel
  • Work with Engineering and Supplier Quality to create and execute plans for the evaluation of new vendors and/or new materials
  • Learn and document supplier capabilities
  • Create procurement specifications
  • Enter and maintain item master data
  • Work with the Director of Planning and Logistics to develop and improve methods of forecasting materials consumption and needs
  • Create and maintain a purchasing plan for critical materials
  • Manage return of items to vendors, including materials to be recycled
  • Organize the storage of certificates of compliance and other supplier documentation
  • Understand the applications of purchased materials, and when regulatory or customer requirements impact suppliers (eg. Copy Exact requirements, special certificates, etc.)
  • Any other duties as assigned 

Qualifications and Skills 

  • 3+ years experience working in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience procuring raw materials
  • Experience with vendor management and negotiation
  • Experience with ERP and MRP systems
  • Experience with data analysis and manipulation
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint
  • APICS certification (CPIM, CSCP) is an asset
  • Experience with Microsoft Project is an asset
  • SQL / database skills an asset