Buyer/Planner, Sr.

El Cajon, CA
Oct 13, 2021
Nov 12, 2021
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time


Responsible for managing transactions in an effort to ensure optimized flow of materials to fulfil customer orders; achieving this by working closely with the commodity buyer, commodity manager, quality manager, product manager, territory sales managers, forecast analysts, customer service representatives, distribution center manager, logistics manager and suppliers.


  • Maintains a safe and healthy workplace for employees in compliance with all applicable laws, and regulations. Promotes a positive attitude towards safety. Adheres to the requirements of safety policies as well as safety rules, instructions and procedures.
  • Process and manage domestic and international drop shipments in coordination with Toro Ag customer service representative for selected partner vendors.
  • Process new vendor set up requests per Toro Company policy. Service function supporting multiple departments: operations, physical plant, R&D and product development.
  • Coordinate commodity purchasing via assigned corporate commodity manager / buyer.
  • Manage supplier relationship with outside contract manufactures / assemblers / service providers.
  • Procure and manage intercompany orders from Toro Italy, Australia, China and Romania in compliance with applicable import / export regulations.
  • Update Available To Promise (ATP) dates & manage safety stock levels of indirect accessories from domestic and international suppliers.
  • Manage contract manufacturers Toro owned inventories and prepare quarterly reports per corporate audit policy.
  • Serve as primary supplier contact for accounts payable reconciliation and resolution.
  • Support customer service representatives in the procurement and order consolidation of indirect components & accessories.
  • Maintain sourcing related master data in SAP. (Vendor Master, Material Master, Approved Vendor List, Pricing etc.)
  • Establish PFEP’s (Plan for Every Part) for components and subassemblies.
  • Process MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) PO’s for El Cajon and Sanford facilities & reconcile payments through centralized Toro AP service.
  • Ensure purchased part supermarkets are conforming to the Plan For Every Part plan layout.
  • Develop and maintain 5S standards for parts markets – assist with updating standard work, training to standard work, and auditing when appropriate
  • Maintains knowledge of Toro products by company-provided training.
  • Maintains best in class responsiveness to correspondence with internal and external customers.
  • Identifies and communicates any issues which would delay or impede prompt shipment of orders.
  • Documents and updates departmental procedures as needed.
  • Completes ongoing learning and education to ensure competence with growing and changing needs of the corporation.
  • Practices continuous improvement by identifying opportunities for streamlining work and reducing waste. May participate in continuous improvement events.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required in Business Management, Supply Chain, Operations, Engineering or related field preferred.


  • Minimum 2-3 years’ experience in sourcing of materials.
  • APICS ASCM CPIM certification preferred.


  • Experience with order related MRP systems; SAP and product knowledge and configurations desired.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to organize, assemble, and arrange resources to meet goals.
  • Skilled data entry and system navigation skills.
  • Ability to maintain composure during stressful situations, remaining focused on the ultimate objective.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to support interaction and development of relationships with a wide-range of internal and external customers.
  • Capacity to work independently as well as within a team-oriented and collaborative environment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs.


  • Typical office environment as it pertains to lighting, temperature, and noise level when in administrative/operations offices. May be exposed to noisy production floor that is not climate controlled.


  • Ability to operate a computer keyboard, mouse and phone system and other computer components.


  • 0 to 10% travel (domestic and/or international) may be required.

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