Senior Buyer / Planner

KOCH CHEM TECH (Membrane/John Zink/Koch-Glitsch/KHT/KSPS/OPD/Knight)
064855 Requisition #

Filtration for a Better Future
Koch Membrane Systems (KMS) was founded in the early 1960's by chemical engineering professors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to commercialize technology developed in their laboratories. For more than five decades, Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. (KMS) has led the way in developing innovative membrane technologies that serve a diverse range of industries and applications around the globe. KMS provides comprehensive membrane filtration solutions to many markets, including municipal, food and beverage, life sciences and industrial processes. We are focused on helping thousands of our customers recover high value products, reduce their water footprint, increase productivity, and reduce costs. KMS is headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, a suburb north of Boston but has employees located worldwide. We are emphasizing new and improved products to solve the world's liquid separations problems. They are more fully described on our website
( We are now seeking additional outstanding professionals in order to augment our world-class capabilities.

The Senior Buyer /Planner will be responsible for the following:

  • Globally Plan and Source raw materials, commodities, machinery and services with the best total cost, quality and delivery performance, for assigned manufacturing area. 
  • Work closely with manufacturing management to develop supplier relationships to support and meet membrane element and module manufacturing operational needs.
  • Support research and engineering teams to identify, qualify and implement lower cost supplies from existing sources and new sources on a global basis. 
  • Establish effective relationships with equipment suppliers to ensure the best delivery and prices for requested items. 
  • Ensure the maximum purchasing leverage is achieved on all supply contracts by liaising with not only KMS Inc. purchasing team but also with other members of the KCTG group and KII purchasing teams as appropriate.
  • Control purchase price variances, improve supplier quality, reduce material variability and improve delivery performance, in order to improve material costs, quality and security of supply.
  • Lead or support negotiations on assigned supply contracts
  • Prepare purchase requisitions, approve and issue purchase orders in accordance with company policies and terms and conditions.
  • Collaborate with manufacturing to implement "best in class" material safety stock, First-In-First-Out system, VMI programs to reduce inventory costs and optimize delivery performance
  • Ensure the accuracy of supplier and parts data in the ERP system. 
  • Optimize the use of information systems and technology for tracking, analysis, reporting, administration, and communication between KMS and suppliers.
  • Monitor key market conditions that will influence the availability and cost of key purchases to ensure proactive steps are taken to respond to any adverse movements
  • Ensure seamless communication on all aspects of procurement, between the various manufacturing centers and KMS Purchasing team.
  • Participate in improving the material supply chain by developing expectations for the suppliers, monitoring and holding the suppliers accountable and improving the quality dialog with suppliers in leading to lower total cost.
  • Maintain KPI-tracking system to measure and monitor supplier’s performance against quality and delivery standards

Work Experience, Education and Skills required:

  • Solid understanding of Microsoft Office product suite including Excel, Word and PowerPoint. 
  • Bachelor’s degree, or higher degree, from an accredited college or university with 5 years of experience or 15 years of experience in a buyer position.
  • Experience using an ERP

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
Equal Opportunity Employer.
Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test.

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