Senior Buyer/Planner

The Role:

The Hunter Douglas enterprise has recently transitioned to SAP S4/HANA.  This is opening up different and new ways of purchasing and planning amongst the broader Materials/Supply Chain team.  Collaboration across multiple divisions is what will drive strategic success in addition to long-standing partnerships with suppliers and working with knowledgeable and passionate teams.  If you enjoy being a part of driving change in a team environment and want to grow and develop as a Material professional, this may be the role for you.


About You:

You have a strong background in materials to include multiple years of ERP/MRP experience, New Product Introduction coordination and contract management.  You have a natural affinity for details, you contribute towards working in a dynamic team, you can both lead and be an active participant on a project team, you instill trust and confidence with your customers.  You are strong in Excel. You enjoy learning and being a master of your craft.


Acceptable Experience and Training:

A four-year degree is desired in business with an emphasis in Supply Chain Management. Five or more years of progressive experience in a consumer products business. A substitute of seven or more year’s business experience in lieu of a four-year degree. Training in materials management within a manufacturing environment is highly desirable. APICS certification is highly desired.


Job Responsibilities:


Plans the purchase of raw materials based upon the monitoring of inventory stock schedules along with information obtained from company sales and production forecasts.


Reviews on a daily basis, MRP (Material Requirements Planning) to assist in the scheduling and planning of purchases of Component Materials used in window fashion production. Contacts suppliers to place orders. Inputs Purchase and Stock Transfer Orders into SAP computer system. Works with suppliers on quality, pricing, terms of delivery, contract provisions. Prepares monthly, quarterly and annual usage projections for suppliers to aid in long and short-range planning.


Monitors on a daily basis the delivery dates of materials, inventory levels and production forecasts.  Communicates with suppliers to expedite delivery of materials due to low inventory levels. Tracks shipment of materials and places tracers with delivery companies on undelivered materials.


Works efficiently with other departments such as, engineering, marketing, quality and production to bring new product to market, maintain existing products, improve quality, manage material availability and on time customer delivery. Works collaboratively with the Buyer communities from other HD Divisions on material expedite requests and order changes.


Participates or leads cross functional business teams as required in support of new product development, supply chain management or System/Process improvements. 


Negotiates with suppliers on pricing, delivery and terms of payment for all goods and services. Communicates on a regular basis with suppliers to challenge price increases while insisting on product and service quality.   Mitigates supply chain risks associated with sole source suppliers, manufacturing capacity, engineering specifications, and pricing.  Continually evaluates market pricing and services provided by suppliers. Conducts benchmark analysis of supply chain logistics and commodity pricing to drive sourcing strategies.  Develop strategies for annual cost reductions with supply partners.


Establishes/Negotiates supply contracts with key suppliers in support of Vendor Managed Inventories, JIT deliveries, managed liability, part lifecycle, and other critical terms such as but not limited to Confidentiality, Indemnity, Warranty, and other applicable terms. 

To be successful in this role, the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities are needed:


Solid experience in an ERP system(s) to include MRP.  Extremely knowledgeable in sourcing techniques and supply chain logistics. Excellent negotiating skills, skill in analyzing inventory forecast and demand level information, skill in problem-solving, knowledge of manufacturing properties of plastic, electronics and metal. Basic knowledge of some Engineering principles to understand product development process.  



This position will be working from Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Division located in Broomfield, Colorado, midway between Boulder and Denver with outstanding views of the Rockies. The campus encompasses 756,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space.  About 1000 employees work at this location to produce proprietary and upscale products such as Duette® Honeycomb Shades, Silhouette®, Vignette®, Nantucket™ Window Shadings, and Luminette Privacy Sheers®.

Benefits of working for Hunter Douglas Window Fashions include:

  • Generous paid time off that accrues immediately; 11 paid holidays, new parent and family care time off and 12 hours of paid volunteer work.
  • Medical, dental, vision plan, life, STD, LTD, AD&D, dependent life, flexible spending accounts, pre-paid legal, and pet insurance.
  • 401(k) with 6% company match and annual retirement contribution, college investment savings program.
  • Employee development including education tuition assistance, and on-site training and development through Hunter Douglas University.
  • Robust wellness program; on-site managed fitness center free to employees.
  • Generous discount on window coverings.
  • Charitable contribution match, employee assistance program, adoption assistance, dependent scholarships, on-site physical therapists and more!




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