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Senior Buyer Planner

Role Overview

The Senior Buyer Planner will work in our facility in Hopkinton MA. This is a full time salaried role, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.  In this role you will be responsible for the procurement of materials and equipment to support our manufacturing operations.

  • Employment is dependent on the results of an initial drug test, background check, and motor vehicle report (if applicable to the position)


PI offers an outstanding benefits package including:  

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO medical plan with HSA 
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • LTD & Life insurance
  • 401k with a generous company match
  • Paid time off including:  holiday, vacation and sick leave
  • Biweekly pay (every other Friday)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities for Senior Buyer Planner

  • Work with engineering and manufacturing personnel to define procurement requirements for materials and equipment.
  • Plan, schedule, and manage the materials for delivering time-critical components to production operations.
  • Negotiate best pricing and terms and delivery to meet production schedules.
  • Create Purchase Orders; maintain accurate open PO lines to define inbound quantities and due dates from suppliers.
  • Verify receipt of materials and authorize payment to vendors.
  • Administer and reconcile the company credit card purchasing program.
  • Track material shortages and expedite as needed with suppliers
  • Track material flow and cost for all suppliers to ensure on-time delivery and adherence to budget.
  • Track costs and delivery performance by supplier
  • Develop new supply sources as needed, including establishing new vendor accounts and credit terms.
  • Qualify and manage suppliers in accordance with ISO-9001 quality program.
  • Monitor inventory levels on an ongoing basis and coordinate annual physical inventory count.
  • Manage Kanban inventory systems.
  • Assist Cost Accounting Manager in preparing monthly journal entries for cost of sales and scrap.
  • Analyze actual manufacturing costs and prepare periodic reports comparing budget costs to actual production costs.
  • Follow 5S and lean manufacturing principles and practices in an ISO 9001 manufacturing environment.

Skills/Technical Requirements for Senior Buyer Planner

  • Experience with electro-mechanical systems, industrial equipment, industrial automation, machinery a plus.
  • Experience working in a high technology, high complexity, and low volume environment is desired.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills (oral and written).
  • General knowledge of purchasing policies, processes, and procedures.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office with advanced Excel skills is required.
  • Familiarity with ERP/MRP systems is required.
  • Ability to cooperate with others in a team effort to achieve quality, safety and productivity goals

Education & Experience for Senior Buyer Planner

  • Education:  A Bachelor’s Degree is required.  Industry experience may be considered in lieu of bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience: 5+ years of experience in purchasing for a manufacturing environment.
  • We will consider applicants of varying levels of experience. 
  • US Citizen or Green Card required – evidence of permanent ability to live and work in the US is an employment contingency for this position.




The following are the traits we want all candidates to bring to our company.  You can expect to find this throughout our workforce.   

  • Curious and lifelong learner who brings new ideas to the organization
  • Honest, trustworthy, and empathetic with colleagues
  • independently motivated, possessing a strong work ethic and desiring continuous growth  
  • Ability to work in a highly functioning, independent workplace that values strong initiative, risk taking, and creative problem solving. 

If these things describe you, please make sure we know about it during the selection process.  We do read cover letters so feel free to include a short description in your application or reach out separately.  




PI (Physik Instrumente) LP is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities. 

If, at any point in the application process (including hiring), a candidate would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability or a religious need, please email us at info@pi-usa.us Attn:  Human Resources and we'll be happy to engage in an interactive process with you.

Notice to Employment Agencies

This recruitment assignment is being managed directly by our internal Human Resources team. Your respect for this process is appreciated. PI does not accept unsolicited agency resumes and any resumes received will be ineligible for referral fees.  This is a direct hire. No agencies at this time, please no solicitations.   





The future awaits you – at PI
Do you want to join a company that makes the impossible possible? Then we look forward to your application and a statement about your salary expectations.
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