Buyer / Planner

Buyer / Planner

Alcon | Reading, PA, 19608, US

Posted 13 days ago

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At Alcon, we are driven by the meaningful work we do to help people see brilliantly. We innovate boldly, champion progress, and act with speed as the global leader in eye care. Here, you'll be recognized for your commitment and contributions and see your career like never before. Together, we go above and beyond to make an impact in the lives of our patients and customers.

We foster an inclusive culture and are looking for diverse, talented people to join Alcon. As a Planner/Buyer supporting Supply Chain Planning and Scheduling, you will be trusted to work on planning, scheduling, ordering, and leading raw material components to support the Production Planners' build requirements of manufactured sub-assemblies and FGI in an accurate and timely manner with minimal supervision at Sinking Spring, PA.

In this role, a typical day will include:

* Plan, schedule, and coordinate the efficient movement of material from receiving, to warehouse, and ultimately into manufacturing

* Plan materials to meet production plans and any reasonable changes in market demand

* Develops raw material requirements in optimum quantities and timing that adhere to engineering and quality specifications

* Use MRP, available tools, and systems to determine material requirement availability that meets component inventory targets and on time production

* With guidance from Sr. Buyer/Planner and/or Supervisor, Supply Chain, negotiate lead times with suppliers and handle suppliers' schedules accordingly

* With guidance from Sr. Buyer/Planner, and/or Supervisor, Supply Chain, ensure forecasted material usage volumes are communicated with suppliers to secure adequate supplier capacity

* Analyze data from multiple tools to assess potential raw material issues and prevent any production impact or interruptions

* Timely disposition of defective or otherwise unusable materials (once disposition direction is agreed and approved)

* Maintain accuracy of owned system data to ensure customer service and inventory costs are not impacted by data integrity problems

* Keeps Supervisor, Supply Chain and broader organization proactively informed of situations that have the potential to result in customer back-orders, interruption of production or any significant exposure to increased inventory or obsolescence

* Provides timely feedback and responses to "customers" consisting of proven information


* Bachelor's Degree or equivalent years of directly related experience (or high school +8 yrs.; Assoc.+4 yrs.)

* The ability to fluently read, write, understand and communicate in English

* Work hours: Monday - Friday (exempt)

* Travel Requirements: Minimal, between both Sinking Spring locations.

* Relocation assistance: No

* Sponsorship available: No


* Purchasing and Supply Chain experience

* MS Excel experience

* SAP experience


* Join Alcon's mission to provide outstanding, innovative products and solutions to improve sight, improve lives, and grow your career!

* Alcon provides robust benefits package including health, life, retirement, flexible time off, and much more!

Alcon is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. Alcon takes pride in maintaining a diverse environment and our policies are not to discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. Alcon is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an email to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.