Custom Profile

  • Buyer

    Job Locations US-MI-Grand Rapids
    Job ID
    Sales, General & Administrative
  • Overview

    Company Overview:

    Custom Profile, named Best Places to Work, is a privately held manufacturer of plastic extruded products with over $40 million in annual sales and 330 employees at its locations in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Juarez, Mexico.  The company is an industry leader in the profile extrusion industry, currently ranked 69th on the list of largest plastic extruders across all market segments for 2017, up 9 spots from 2016.   The company is looking to grow organically and acquisitively with plans of $50+ million revenue in the next 3-5 years.  Founded in 1992, Custom Profile has enjoyed consistent annual growth in its revenues and earnings in 23 of its 25 years in operation.  Custom Profile boasts a blue chip customer base, including Herman Miller, Haworth, Hon/Allsteel, Steelcase, Whirlpool, Electrolux, GE Appliance, 3M and others.



    Job Description:

    Reporting to the Supply Chain Manager, and working closely with Supply Chain, Production Scheduling and Maintenance teams, the Supply Chain Buyer/Planner plays a key role in the success of Custom Profile. This employee will lead many MRO and MRP replenishment categories at both of our Grand Rapids facilities.  Key objectives will be achieving, improving and exceeding targeted customer service levels, managing inventory levels and cost targets, and collaborating with sales, engineering and production team members to drive continuous improvement of shared processes.


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Plan and execute procurement of raw materials using MRP, Kanban, and other demand triggers as required.
    • Maintain strong working relationships and communication with scheduling, manufacturing, maintenance and key suppliers.
    • Proactively report material availability issues.
    • Analyze and manage MRP, Source list, and material master parameters.
    • Work with Program Management teams to ensure material availability for new projects or engineering changes.
    • Inventory Management: Work closely with production, scheduling and suppliers to achieve inventory, service, and cost goals. Identify and participate in the creation of other key goals to drive supply chain success.
    • Maintain RM items in ERP database to include current price, lead times, reorder quantities, reorder point/safety stock, and specific PO information.
    • Update Safety Data sheets and Technical Data sheets as needed.
    • Maintain purchase order status in IQMS and monitor PO’s to ensure on-time deliveries.
    • Supplier Management: Participate in or lead RFQ’s, cost savings initiatives, negotiations, and supplier evaluations as needed.
    • Work with the Custom Profile quality team and suppliers to resolve non-conforming RM issues.
    • Complete special projects and assignments as requested.
    • Promote and maintain a culture and attitude of continuous improvement, working within the company team to make Custom Profile a more efficient, safe and enjoyable place to work.


    Qualifications and Requirements:

    • Three to five years’ experience in any combination of Supply Chain Planning, Office Administration or Operations. A suitable combination of education and experience will also be considered.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain, or Operations preferred.
    • Procurement experience preferred.
    • ERP system experience required. MRP experience preferred.
    • Valid Michigan Drivers’ License and vehicle required for local pickups.

    Strengths in the following areas:

    • Knowledge and understanding of Supply Chain concepts and application.
    • Strong analytical, planning and organizational skills.
    • Effective negotiation skills.
    • Strong interpersonal and communications skills (oral and written)
    • Self-starter with ability to work independently under pressure and react quickly to changing priorities.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office.


    Physical Demands:

    • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
    • Safety glasses, hearing protection and closed-toe shoes must be worn on the production floor.
    • Some travel, mostly local, is occasionally required.


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