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Buyer/Planner at Emerson


Emerson Ash Flat/Arkansas, AR Full-Time
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The Buyer/Planner is responsible for regulating and maintaining the flow of materials in the pull system to meet inventory and customer delivery targets. In this position, you will manage supplier relationships through effective communication of data-driven recommendations and collaboration with the Quality, Production, and Engineering teams.
  • Collaborate with suppliers to tension lead time and minimum order quantities, to improve supply chain responsiveness and material velocity.
  • Analyze root causes of stock outs and recommend appropriate countermeasures.
  • Walk floor daily to review pull system health and audit pull process discipline. Escalate issues with pull system use to supervisors, unit managers, etc.
  • Review supplier on-time delivery performance, and related replenishment parameters.
  • Communicate with suppliers on issues
  • Analyze unreleased work orders to determine root cause of material shortage.
  • Review forecast for demand spikes, update Plan For Every Part (PFEP) in JDE and communicate to suppliers.
  • Support implementation of engineering changes by coordinating with suppliers and manufacturing operations and updating effectivity dates accordingly.
  • Expedite material as necessary
  • Analyze raw material and component inventory days on hand (DOH) by value stream, SKU.  Summarize inventory opportunities by value stream.
  • Review inventory to identify excess, slow moving, and obsolete items; suggest appropriate actions
  • Collaborate with procurement to manage supplier changes.
  • Communicate with job setters on material availability and work order completion estimates
  • Approve invoices for expensed items and investigate discrepancies
You analyze multiple and diverse sources of information to define problems accurately before moving to solutions. You anticipate and adjust effective contingency plans. You partner with others to get work done. You identify opportunities that benefit the customer. You provide timely and helpful information to individuals across the organization. You identify and seize new opportunities.


  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain or related field or equivalent experience
  • Functional knowledge of Kanban/pull systems
  • Applied experience using ERP systems (JDE preferred)
  • Proficient in Excel (pivot tables, vlookups, etc.)
  • 2 years’ experience as a Buyer, Planner, Production Scheduler or related profession
  • APICS certification such as CPIM
  • Knowledge of root cause analysis
  • Knowledge and application of LEAN manufacturing techniques
Our Commitment to Our People
We invest in our employees to ensure they have the marketplace knowledge, skills and competencies to compete and lead in a global economy. Our training programs focus on end-to-end development from onboarding through senior leadership.
Flexible and competitive benefits plans offer you the right options to meet your individual/family needs:  medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, and more.  We provide employees flexible time off plans including paid parental leave (maternal and paternal), vacation and holiday leave.
Our success is measured by the positive impact we make on people, our communities and the world in which we live. Learn more about us!.
Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
At Emerson, we are committed to fostering a culture where every employee is valued and respected for their experiences and perspectives. We believe a diverse and inclusive work environment contributes to the rich exchange of ideas that inspires innovation and brings the best solutions to our customers. This philosophy is fundamental to living our company’s values and our responsibility to leave the world in a better place.
Diversity and Inclusion at Emerson is about welcoming, respecting, and valuing the differences each employee possesses. Inclusion is creating a real sense of engagement, belonging and connection for all employees. Learn more about our Culture & Values and about Diversity & Inclusion at Emerson.
Work Authorization
Emerson will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States. This is not a position for which sponsorship will be provided. Individuals with temporary visas such as E, F-1, H-1, H-2, L, B, J, or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Emerson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to providing a workplace free of any discrimination or harassment.
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Emerson, a Fortune 500 company with $18.4 billion in sales, more than 20 Innovation, Solutions & Engineering Centers, and 200 manufacturing locations worldwide, is committed to helping employees grow and thrive throughout their careers. We are innovators, question-askers and problem-solvers. We don’t settle for good enough or “This is the way it’s always been done.” Instead, we push ourselves and strive for the “never been done before.” 
Our Automation Solutions business enables the greatest use of the world's most valuable resources, ensuring the performance and safety of industries that are the backbone of daily life.
Our Commercial & Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency and create sustainable infrastructure.
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