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. 


  • Under supervision of the Materials Manager performs tasks associated with the role of buyer, in support of commodity management, project management and manufacturing operations. 
  • Generated through MRP, review to identify appropriate actions for all buy, defer, expedite, or cancelation signals for their appropriate parts portfolio. 
  • 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.
  • Ensure proper inspection requirements for custom materials are communicated on Cogmedix purchase orders, compliant with our internal procedures.
  • Negotiate at time of order placement any additional material discounts and/or terms.
  • Publish supplier open order reports to custom parts suppliers and communicate any issues to production.
  • Analyze buy messages to maximize VPA and discount terms agreements with Tier 1 & 2 suppliers.
  • Work with Operations leaders and Program/Project Managers to ensure material availability to maximize production capacity.
  • Interface with Project/Program Managers and Planners to create a materials availability plan.  Work with Planners to ensure material availability to maximize production capacity.
  •  Review ECN’s and recommend material effective dates involving new and/or part substitutions to production planner.
  •  Ensure all purchased materials arrive on time, and at acceptable quality levels. Generate actions plans when criteria are not met.
  •  With Supplier Quality Engineer, monitor on time delivery of purchased parts to request date.
  •  Ensure compliance with custom parts revision control. 
  • 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. 
  •  Confer with Assistant Production Managers and Planners to determine overdue material and parts and informs them of material status. 
  •  Direct warehouse staff to expedite transfer of materials from stock area to production areas. 
  • Work with Planners to order identified shortages. 
  •  Follow-up with suppliers to ensure required due dates can be met and to convey urgency of requirements in terms of potential customer impact. 
  •  Escalate supplier issues in a manner that allows for resolution well in advance of customer impact.
  •  Negotiate with suppliers on appropriate expediting fees, responsibility for expediting charges, shipping methods and charges, etc.

Essential Requirements:  

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