Company: Air Products and Chemicals
Posted on: June 10, 2021
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.
NAUTRE AND SCOPE
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
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
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
Travel may be required for this position. Overall travel is
expected to be 25% or less.
- 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
- Strong leadership, influencing, communication, and facilitative
- Ability to bring teams together to resolve issues and achieve
targets and goals (including cost savings and supplier
- 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
- Strong organizational and time management skills.
- 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.
- 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
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
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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