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Buyer Planner

Company: Air Products and Chemicals
Location: Allentown
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description and Qualifications

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., a Fortune 500 manufacturer of industrial gases, has an immediate opening for a Buyer Planner within the Rotoflow Business.

This position manages supplier relationships and implements procurement strategies to support and ensure alignment with manufacturing strategy and goals. This position challenges technical specifications, commercial practices, operating practices and business processes with a focus on driving cost-effective solutions. Strong planning, project management, cost control, sourcing, communication, time management and negotiating skills are required. This person will be responsible for supporting the development of procurement strategies and cost optimization projects in the assigned categories and all sub-categories while meeting all needs of manufacturing.


The Gardner and Rotoflow Procurement team is responsible for the sourcing strategies and buying activities supporting the Gardner and Rotoflow business activities. This position will specifically support our Rotoflow business.

As such, the Buyer is responsible for developing, negotiating, implementing and maintaining competitively advantageous supply strategies to improve Air Products' competitiveness and enable world-class execution in conjunction with Global Strategic Sourcing.

The individual will be required to develop an intimate knowledge of the supply markets for the assigned categories, competitiveness drivers, key suppliers and marketplace dynamics. He/she will be expected to challenge technical specifications & operating practices with a focus on driving cost reduction initiatives. This position supports new supplier development and qualification, and supplier relationship management to ensure alignment with business and product strategies. The incumbent will interface at management levels within the suppliers' organizations to represent Air Products' interests.

This individual will be responsible to conduct competitive bidding during development, design, and execution phases. In addition, the individual will develop category volume forecasts based on inputs from the business and functional areas.

This individual will also be responsible for managing all aspects of supplier performance, including on-time delivery and quality. This individual will be responsible for participating in supplier audits and resolving non-conformances. In addition, this individual will be responsible for communicating manufacturing priorities to key suppliers.

Working in Air Products' SAP system is also a key requirement this position. This position will be responsible for setting up manufacturing agreements, placing orders, confirming orders, and resolving discrepancies.

Travel may be required for this position. Overall travel is expected to be 25% or less.


  • Embody the 4S culture of Safety, Speed, Simplicity and Self-Confidence.
  • Prepare and issue inquiries, purchase orders according to the manufacturing schedule - ERP driven, and requisition driven on long lead items.
  • Lead negotiations with Suppliers to obtain globally competitive price, delivery, and contract terms.
  • Participate in development of Project Procurement Strategy that is aligned with the business Sales and Operating Plan (S&OP).
  • Maintain ERP data integrity and communicate exceptions which may impact the production schedule.
  • Author Bid Tab evaluations and Sole Source justifications.
  • Engage with Suppliers and business stakeholders to mitigate delivery risk. Where there is risk to schedule:
  • Act in a leadership role to drive a sense of urgency to resolution and effective communication(s) to the business.
  • Lead timely resolution of escalated supplier issues by facilitating meetings with appropriate technical/operation personnel.

  • Liaise frequently with Manufacturing, Quality, and Engineering and Design.
  • Maintain Commercial interface with Suppliers.
  • Manage warranty claims, back-charges, and liquidated damages.
  • Work with cross-functional team to manage supplier qualification status, quality, and performance.
  • Understand, and plan for supply chain risk - sole/single sourced materials, unusually long lead times, etc.
  • Participate in new product development process. Consult as a subject matter expert with commodities you purchase - costing/lead time/other concerns.
  • Challenge status quo.
  • Monitor, communicate, and respond to changing market conditions and business drivers to maximize leverage and minimize risk.

Critical Competencies

  • Strong experience in issuance and managing execution of requisitions/purchase orders for material, equipment, and services in SAP or other ERP system.
  • Strong project management and planning skills.
  • Excellent commercial awareness and negotiating skills, both commercial and legal.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work with internal and external customers.
  • Strong leadership, influencing, communication, and facilitative skills.
  • Ability to bring teams together to resolve issues and achieve targets and goals (including cost savings and supplier performance).
  • Knowledge of strategic sourcing strategies and procurement work processes and solutions.
  • Experience with commodities/services such as machined parts (shrouds, plates, rings, seals, vanes, etc.), lube oil systems, bearings, gearboxes, foils, impellers, tooling, shafts/rotors, actuators (and assembly parts), couplings, instrumentation, castings/patterns, forgings, fabricated parts, Class C items, etc. is strongly desired.
  • Sense of ownership and urgency.
  • Self-disciplined and self-motivated with a demonstrated ability to work effectively with minimal direction.
  • Demonstrate prioritization, planning, and follow-up skills in a multi-tasking environment.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Education in technical or business field
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher, in Engineering or Business Management or equivalent job experience
  • 5+ years' experience in Procurement, Technical, Engineering, Commercial or Project environment
  • Accreditation from Supply Chain industry organization (i.e. CPIM, CPSM)
  • Knowledge of commercial purchasing procedures and practice, including aspects of negotiation and contract law
  • Familiarity with SAP is a plus
  • Experience in discrete manufacturing

At Air Products, we work in an environment where diversity is essential, inclusion in our culture, and each person knows they belong and matter. To learn more, visit About Air Products.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including paid holidays and vacation, affordable medical, dental, life insurance, and retirement plans. You will be eligible for benefits and also be 100% vested in your retirement benefits on your first day of employment.

Air Products thanks all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those applicants who are being considered for an interview, or are currently employed by Air Products, will be contacted.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer (U.S.) You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, citizenship, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or veteran status.

Keywords: Air Products and Chemicals, Allentown , Buyer Planner, Other , Allentown, Pennsylvania

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