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Supply Chain Buyer

Syracuse, New York
Job Type
8 Sep 2022

INFICON is a leading provider of innovative
instrumentation, critical sensor technologies, and Smart
Manufacturing/Industry 4.0 software solutions that
enhance productivity and quality of tools, processes, and
complete factories. These analysis, measurement and
control products are essential for gas leak detection in air
conditioning/refrigeration and automotive manufacturing.
They are vital to equipment manufacturers and end-users
in the complex fabrication of semiconductors and thin
film coatings for optics, flat panel displays, solar cells and
industrial vacuum coating applications. Other users of our
vacuum-based processes include the life sciences,
research, aerospace, packaging, heat treatment, laser
cutting and many other industrial processes. We also
leverage our expertise in vacuum technology to provide
unique, toxic chemical analysis products for emergency
response, security, and environmental health and safety.

The position will be responsible for maintaining the best source of supply for components, materials and services to meet customer requirements and INFICON ISS objectives.  The ideal candidate must be able to support the procurement activities and the strategic objectives within a low volume, high mix manufacturing environment. The primary responsibility for this position is to maintain in-stock goals based on timely stock & forecast review. Responsible for all aspects of the purchase order, inventory control and vendor management with key supplier partners.

Essential Job Duties

Specific duties include, but are not necessarily limited to:


Order Fulfillment: 

  • Procure and manage material to meet quality, delivery, inventory and price targets, using MRP in SAP and Lean Pull Systems. Effectively manage supply programs to achieve required lead times and inventory objectives.
  • Evaluate MRP data and place purchase orders for production and resale materials. Review incoming orders and verify/assign ship dates. Communicate with suppliers to confirm delivery dates and assist in the resolution of any issues
  • Enter and maintain material master data on assigned part numbers in SAP
  • Develop and communicate schedules and timelines to support production builds
  • Track, monitor, and communicate material order status, while working to proactively resolve any issues that may arise
  • Assist in development & implementation of improved supply chain systems and processes
  • Execute supply chain strategies to ensure withstand geopolitical issues and commodity constraints
  • Resolve issues regarding shipment/invoice discrepancies
  • Review & Action item groups often to maintain stock positions & determine product life cycle action
  • Review supplier performance for delivery & service level & action improvement plan as needed
  • Follow up with suppliers to ensure goods are delivered as scheduled
  • Update delivery in SAP
  • Arrange drop shipments, expedite/ de-expedite delivery requests & other special requests
  • Coordinate with Production to prioritize production schedules based on parts availability
  • Maintain procurement records such as item data, costs, lead time, & product quality
  • Action defective goods with Quality Team & supplier partner
  • Review and monitor supply/demand information, and take appropriate actions to ensure minimal 95% fill rate in support of production schedules
  • Understand value stream capacity plan in S&OP and SAP; ensure supply base and procurement plans are in place to meet requirements and ensure that forecasts, demand planning, material planning, and schedule requirements are aligned and integrated
  • Maintain supplier capacity modeling for supply chain capabilities for short (0 - 3 months), mid (3 - 18 months) and long-term (5-year plan) horizons; Understand demand inputs and position supply to support unconstrained growth in both the short-term and long-term horizons
  • Interact daily with functional resources including Engineering, Quality, Planning and Production in Lean Daily Management to ensure all production requirements are met

Inventory Control:

  • Responsible for the physical inventory of all materials if/when required to meet financial and record keeping obligations
  •  Develop and maintain policies and procedures for safety stock, lead time, consignment stock, schedule changes and appropriate approvals; Owns the integrity of procurement / MM data in ERP SAP systems
  •  Manage supply buffers and allocation to shorten lead times and build resiliency into the supply chain without driving excess inventory
  •  Balance risks associated with the supply chain and current plans and the options and contingencies to mitigate them
  •  Drive KPI to improve Inventory Turns and increase efficiency in Supply Chain
  • Establish measurements and maintain inventory accuracy
  •  Develop program to drive continuous improvement
  •  Maintain systems to ensure inventory optimization, and appropriate replenishment strategies
  •  Perform risk assessments on product perishability, supply trends, demand factors and at-risk product mitigation
  •  Identify and reduce product obsolescence through inventory reviews and re-balancing efforts
  •  Maintain a total cost perspective with a lean manufacturing mindset
  •  Optimize Inventory control throughout entire supply chain to maintain and drive accuracy via cycle counts and control methods
  • Manage JIT receiving process for all incoming inventory to keep within budget

Education and/or Experience 

  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or Business
  • Three years of Purchasing, Supply Chain and Demand planning experience
  • High level of proficiency in SAP
  • Strong knowledge of MRP/ERP including data elements to drive MRP. Excellent computer skills with an emphasis in Microsoft applications such as Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Experience working with advanced manufacturing techniques: KANBAN, pull systems, VMI, LEAN.  Not required but highly desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience with quality tools such as Lean Six Sigma, Yellow Belt or Higher, FAI, FMEA, DFM. Not required but highly desirable
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Effective problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to develop and execute creative and innovative solutions


A successful candidate must be a capable communicator, fast learner, adept at managing multiple responsibilities and able to work collaboratively with business partners at all levels of the organization

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Great communicator, motivator, team player
  • Work well with both internal and external teams
  • Customer-centric and service-oriented
  • Self-starter in a fast-paced, constantly evolving team environment
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills

INFICON provides a dynamic work environment that
promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our employees
experience on going green initiatives, flexible work hours,
and a variety of health and wellness programs.
o INFICON's forward thinking approach offers countless
opportunities to design, support, and manufacture a
diverse product portfolio that expands globally. Our Lean
and Agile work environment offers a competitive salary,
relocation assistance, a discretionary bonus and generous
employee benefits; major medical, dental, health, vision,
401K, Open PTO, tuition reimbursement and more!


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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  • Job Reference: 707381799-2
  • Date Posted: 8 September 2022
  • Recruiter: INFICON, INC
  • Location: Syracuse, New York
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Transport & Logistics
  • Job Type: Permanent