Part of a team of Operational Buyers developing and sustaining a high performing direct material supply chain in line with Divisional and local procurement strategy.
You will be required to e stablish critical supplier relationships and deploy demand management and inbound fulfilment supply chain processes to support factory requirements.
It is critical to proactively drive continuous improvement of supplier performance including OTD, agility, lead time and inventory improvement programs.
Managing day to day running of a defined range of the direct material supply base $55M / 350 suppliers / 3000 item numbers
Supplier OTD & lead time improvement, agility and sustainability are key measures
Close working relationship with Category Buyers, factory management and manufacturing cells
Interaction skills are critical with internal and external stakeholders
Primary operational window person and factory representative for suppliers
Develop high performing supply partners, aligned with category management and agreed supplier strategies
Cultivate culture of open, accurate communication and trust with suppliers
Define appropriate communication strategy to ensure timely, accurate information release and supplier feedback
Hold regular supplier meetings to review operational performance. Support scorecard process
Implement OTD-to-request-date measure for supply base, including data collection and monthly reporting.
Drive continuous improvement activities to achieve and sustain business OTD requirements
Minimise impact to factory caused by material shortages by identifying risks, root causes and mitigating
Micromanagement of critical shortage situations
Forecasting and order fulfilment processes
Optimise and deploy full suite of inbound supply chain processes including forecasts, PO release, overdues management and expediting
Good understanding of MRP systems. Ability to extract reports and manipulate data
Supplier agility and capacity management
Understand business demand cycle and impact to suppliers
Proactively identify supplier capacity constraints, thresholds and countermeasures
Ensure supplier agility plans in place to support business cycle, both ramp up and down
Buffer stocking and lead time reduction
Define and implement supplier buffer stocking agreements, including target setting / flexing, monitoring and exception management
Drive continuous lead time improvement and processes to support, goal being logistics lead time only
Manage buffer stocking process throughout product lifecycle, incorporating NPI and End of Life / obsolescence
Support procurement NPI and transition projects
Work with Category Management to manage supply chain transfers. Supporting part supply transition from non-preferred to preferred suppliers and integrating new suppliers where required
Work with NPI teams to productionise new parts and ensure supplier readiness to project requirements
Edwards is a leading developer and manufacturer of sophisticated vacuum products, exhaust management systems and related value-added services.
Edwards solutions are integral to manufacturing processes for semiconductors, flat panel displays, LEDs and solar cells.
They are also used within an increasingly diverse range of industrial processes including power, glass and other coating applications;
steel and other metallurgy; pharmaceutical and chemical; and for scientific instruments in a wide range of R&D applications.
Edwards has over 4,000 employees worldwide engaged in the design, manufacture and support of high technology vacuum and exhaust management equipment.
Edwards has state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Europe, Asia and North America.