The Buyer position compiles and maintains material and parts inventory and status information, places and confirms purchase orders, expedites material movement from suppliers to Cogmedix, and facilitates/coordinates movement of materials within Cogmedix. Buyers may also participate in material planning activities. 


  1. Under supervision of the Director of Supply Chain, performs tasks associated with the role of buyer, in support of commodity management, project management and manufacturing operations. 
  2. Generated through MRP, review to identify appropriate actions for all buy, defer, expedite, or cancelation signals for their appropriate parts portfolio. 
  3. Place orders with selected suppliers on the Cogmedix Approved Supplier List (ASL), manage delivery schedule, ensure on-time delivery of quality materials and manage inventory to meet service levels and inventory turn-over targets.
  4. Ensure proper inspection requirements for custom materials are communicated on Cogmedix purchase orders, compliant with our internal procedures.
  5. Negotiate at time of order placement any additional material discounts and/or terms.
  6. Publish supplier open order reports to custom parts suppliers and communicate any issues to production.
  7. Analyze buy messages to maximize VPA and discount terms agreements with Tier 1 & 2 suppliers.
  8. Work with Operations leaders and Program/Project Managers to ensure material availability to maximize production capacity.
  9. Interface with Project/Program Managers and Planners to create a materials availability plan.  Work with Planners to ensure material availability to maximize production capacity.
  10.  Review ECN’s and recommend material effective dates involving new and/or part substitutions to production planner.
  11.  Ensure all purchased materials arrive on time, and at acceptable quality levels. Generate actions plans when criteria are not met.
  12.  With Supplier Quality Engineer, monitor on time delivery of purchased parts to request date.
  13.  Ensure compliance with custom parts revision control. 
  14. Working in conjunction with Planners, read production schedules, inventory reports, and work orders to determine type and quantity of materials required, availability of stock, and order priority. 
  15.  Confer with Assistant Production Managers and Planners to determine overdue material and parts and informs them of material status. 
  16.  Direct warehouse staff to expedite transfer of materials from stock area to production areas. 
  17. Work with Planners to order identified shortages. 
  18.  Follow-up with suppliers to ensure required due dates can be met and to convey urgency of requirements in terms of potential customer impact. 
  19.  Escalate supplier issues in a manner that allows for resolution well in advance of customer impact.
  20.  Negotiate with suppliers on appropriate expediting fees, responsibility for expediting charges, shipping methods and charges, etc.

Essential Requirements:  

  1. Positive attitude, well organized, self-motivator, and tenacious follow up required.
  2. Superior customer service attitude.
  3. Excellent teamwork in various disciplines and on multi-functional teams.
  4. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  
  5. BS/BA degree or equivalent experience in technical or business field desired.
  6. 3 years minimum recent procurement experience preferred, preferably in contract manufacturing of medical devices.
  7. Strong negotiation, analytical and problem solving skills preferred.
  8. NAPM or APICS certification (CPIM) desired.
  9. Technical knowledge of purchasing, logistics, planning, master scheduling.
  10. Sound judgment ability essential.
  11. Strong working knowledge of ERP systems MRP functionality. Epicor preferred.
  12. Lifting up to 30 lbs.