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Buyer/Planner

Company: ISCA lnc.
Location: Riverside
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

ISCA is poised to revolutionize agriculture by disrupting the global insect control market. For over twenty years we have focused on formulation development, scaling up manufacturing processes, and understanding the market. A wealth of innovative and ready-to-go products are now available for global use. By developing Smart Agriculture tools including monitoring systems, application technologies and delivery platforms for semiochemicals (including pheromones), and by using innovative synthetic chemistry, ISCA has developed a robust pipeline of products intended to provide ready to use and turn-key solutions for growers all over the world. These are solutions ready for the Farm of the Future. With research and manufacturing facilities in California, Brazil, and India, ISCA has successfully scaled up chemical synthesis processes so that semiochemical-based control solutions are now cost competitive with conventional pesticides. We have application and delivery platforms that have been proven and adopted by growers in over 30 countries. ISCA is the next generation of insect control. We are an international and multicultural group with a passion for making big agriculture sustainable.

As a key member of the ISCA Operations team focusing on Procurement, the Buyer/Planner has the primary responsibility of ensuring material availability to support the production schedule. Other responsibilities include managing inventory levels, supporting material/product level revisions, interacting/coordinating with suppliers on a variety of topics, and supporting other business functions as required. In the Buyer/Planner role, you will have a measurable impact on our Company's ability to drive costs down and make products available to farmers around the world. You will be the person to grow and stabilize the ISCA US Supply Chain.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

--- Place purchase orders with suppliers for the procurement of production material as required by the sales forecast and the production schedule
--- Material requirements planning (MRP)/Procurement forecasting
--- Monitor status of open purchase orders to ensure on-time delivery of all materials, including timely resolution, communication and mitigation of future potential problems
--- Expedite or defer orders as required based on schedule/inventory changes
--- Determine and establish optimal inventory levels based on forecast, demand variation and material lead times
--- Coordinate material flows throughout product/BOM changes, obsolescence, and the introduction of new suppliers and/or materials due to new product development
--- Supplier relationship management (SRM)
--- Manage and resolve issues regarding PO to invoice discrepancies, returns and quality problems with suppliers
--- Generate and document Standard Operating Procedures
--- Provide back-up support for supply chain functions including shipping, receiving, material handling and other duties as assigned
--- Setup & maintain material master system planning parameters (MOQ, lead time, safety stocks)
--- Collaborate with internal customers and provide a high level of customer service, including recommending solutions, resources, and alternative supply options
--- Ensure and promote compliance to Company and Procurement policies and procedures

To perform the job of Buyer/Planner at ISCA successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following:

- Experience AND/OR strong commitment, ability and desire to learn and contribute
- Being proactive
- A learning mindset and passion for continuous improvement
- Excellent communication - written and oral
- Strong organizational skills
- Teamwork - this role requires communication and open discussion within the Operations team, and other teams including R&D, Sales and Finance.
- Adaptability
- Integrity
- Collaborative spirit - ISCA is a diverse and fast-paced environment. Collaboration is critical.
- Good time management - this is necessary considering lead times and demand planning

ALL employees at ISCA are expected to demonstrate the following 10 competencies:

Adaptability - Accepts criticism and feedback; Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands

Business Ethics - Inspires the trust of others; Keeps commitments; Treats people with respect; Upholds organizational values; Works with integrity and ethically

Communications - Exhibits good listening and comprehension; Keeps others adequately informed; Selects and uses appropriate communication methods

Customer Service: Internal & External - Displays courtesy and sensitivity; Meets commitments; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits feedback to improve service

Dependability - Commits to doing the best job possible; Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Keeps commitments; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Takes responsibility for own actions

Initiative - Asks for help when needed; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Volunteers readily

Job Knowledge - Competent in required job skills and knowledge; Displays understanding of how job relates to others; Exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; Keeps abreast of current developments; Requires minimal supervision; Uses resources effectively

Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Includes appropriate people in decision making process; Makes timely decisions; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions

Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires respect and trust; Motivates others to perform well; Reacts well under pressure; Shows courage to take action

Team work - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Puts success of team above own interests

Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. In addition, the individual must either enter the company with the competencies outlined above or be making steady progress toward acquiring those competencies. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience
One to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience; or one year certificate from college or technical school; or Associate's Degree (A.A.) or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school

Language Ability
Ability to read and interpret information pertaining to invoices, customer information, shipping information. Able to communicate situational updates and information with other departments. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Able to communicate and/or meet with vendors and potential suppliers.

Mathematical Ability
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Word and Excel Word Processing software.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
None

Technical Skills
- Bilingual a plus

Certifications or Licenses - Valid Driver's license. Employment dependent on company auto insurance eligibility.

Work Environment
Office Areas: Quiet to moderate noise.
Production Areas: Noise level can be very loud. Work areas can be very hot in summer months. Frequent use of PPE and strict attention to safety procedure is required.
All employees are responsible for a clean and safe work area which includes sweeping, mopping and keeping trash picked up off the floor.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands
Must be able to lift up to 70 pounds. Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time. Must be able to move freely around the lab, warehouse and office areas to access materials. Must be able to transport materials between lab and production areas. Must be able to communicate and exchange information with team members.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Individuals hired at ISCA are expected to follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.

Keywords: ISCA lnc., Riverside , Buyer/Planner, Other , Riverside, California

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