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CIVCO Medical Instrument Co Inc Buyer in Kalona, Iowa


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: (other duties may be assigned)

  • Procurement and Sourcing. (60%)

  • Monitoring inventory levels, placing purchase orders, and following up with suppliers to meet or expedite delivery schedules.

  • Managing inventory levels to meet goal.

  • Identifying and executing purchasing and operational cost savings or quality improvement projects.

  • Performing market analysis and executing sourcing plans.

Result: High quality and reliable materials supply while minimizing cost and inventory levels

  • Supplier Management. (20%)

  • Developing and maintaining relationships and issue resolution with suppliers.

  • Communicating expectations and coordinating routine communication with suppliers.

  • Recommends and coordinates the establishment of new suppliers.

  • Maintaining purchasing databases within Mapics.

  • Coordinating returns and issue resolution with suppliers.

Result: Excellent relationships, clear expectations, and well documented profiles for supplier base.

  • Special Project Execution. (10%)

  • Providing leadership, coordination, or input for purchasing and production control process improvement projects.

Result: Efficient and cost-effective purchasing and production control systems.

  • Production Scheduling. (5%)

  • Providing back-up coverage for Production Planning for internal manufacturing areas.

Result: Internal production areas are effectively scheduled.

  • Quality Systems Maintenance. (5%)

  • Ensuring purchasing and production control systems and procedures are implemented as required to follow all FDA/ISO, CE, and MHW requirements.

  • Ensuring proper response to internal and external audit findings.

Result: Purchasing and production control systems meet regulatory requirements.

Other Duties

  • Establishes inventory levels and determines purchase quantities and delivery dates from suppliers.

  • Selects suppliers to order from based upon price, lead time, and capabilities.

  • Provides leadership for purchasing and production control process improvement, cost savings, and quality system improvement projects.

  • Successful performance will result in improved supplier reliability, reduced material costs, and reduced inventory levels while maintaining customer satisfaction.

  • Materials reorder and open order reports, sales back order reports, shipped on-time results, inventory reports, financial reporting of material costs and inventory levels, and supplier performance reports.

  • Access to information concerning product reliability, product and material suppliers, supplier performance, manufacturing capabilities and methods, product specifications, sales goals, departmental budgets, e-mail communications and web pages.

  • Places purchase orders for any raw material, third party products, equipment, tooling, MRO supplies, and office supplies from approved suppliers with approvals as required.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education or experience. NAPM/APP certification preferred. 3-5 years related experience in manufacturing environment.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to make quick, effective decisions.

  • Excellent written and oral communications, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

  • Proven analysis and project execution skills.

  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, and Mapics or comparable MRP system knowledge.

  • Regular and predictable onsite attendance is required for the ability complete work.

  • Requires face-to-face interaction with team members, peers and management to complete work and provide support.

  • Requires periodic travel to suppliers

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and sit. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Location is Kalona with opportunity to work in a hybrid remote basis.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)