Senior Buyer/Planner

Vancouver, WA, USA Req #340
Friday, May 7, 2021

About Us

Focused on leading the transition to a sustainable future, Glen Dimplex Americas is enhancing the moments that matter in life with a commitment to delivering the best design and efficiency in the areas of temperature control and comfort creation. With operation throughout North America the success of the Glen Dimplex Americas organization is a testament to the strength of our people and investment in innovation and technology.

Our portfolio of industry recognized brands includes Dimplex, Cadet and Faber. Together these brands provide complete product offerings in the residential and commercial comfort categories, ranging from electric heaters, to fireplaces and controls.

Glen Dimplex Americas is a division of the Glen Dimplex Group - the world's largest manufacturer of electrical heating, which holds significant global market positions in domestic appliances, heating, cooling, ventilation, and renewable energy solutions. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland the Glen Dimplex Group privately owns over 40 brands with operations in 80 countries.

Summary of Position

Responsible for all the purchasing activities including scheduling and purchasing of International and Domestic supplies. You will own the relationships with all domestic raw material suppliers and work closely with corporate resources to manage international supply chain. You will be a member of the transfer team, moving company products to the Vancouver facility. You will make critical decisions that help ensure safety, quality, delivery and cost targets are met. You will use your extensive Excel and data mining/analysis skills to ensure the Operations team has what it needs from a planning and component perspective to meet customer demand. Travel to other company locations may be required.


Site Purchasing

Serve as primary point of accountability for all supply chain processes, issues and opportunities, as measured by inventory turns, customer on time delivery, and supplier performance metrics. Help to develop KPI’s around supply chain/purchasing performance.

Prepares and enter purchase orders and/or bid requests and serves as a primary vendor contact for order and delivery status to organization.

Leading and executing Lean supply chain initiatives to improve the overall effectiveness of material flow and sustain daily operational effectiveness including implementing Kanban, JIT delivery, bread man/VMI, outsourcing, and other programs.

Prepares, negotiates, implements and coordinates contracts including Long Term Agreements, Tooling Agreements, and capital equipment purchases.

Takes charge in negotiating cost reductions for purchased materials and subcontracted

Product Transfer

Participate in cross-functional Product Transfer programs moving production from outsourced supplier to local factory and to offsite 3PL warehouses.

Lead Purchasing participation in new and transferred product development programs including sourcing components at local suppliers, and cost justification of Supply Chain implementation.

Develop transfer timing plans to insure continuous supply of component parts at lowest cost.


Analytical skills

Business Acumen


Communication Proficiency

Strategic Thinking

Problem Solving


Supervises assigned staff.


Glen Dimplex Americas – Vancouver manufacturing is committed to continuous process improvement at all levels of the organization while creating an employee-empowered culture. This position is expected to participate in the continuous improvement of our processes and products, to sign up for Kaizen events, attend Lean training when offered, and to share observations and suggestions for improvement.


Bachelor's degree in Materials Management, Supply Chain, Business Administration or related field preferred. APICS affiliation and training a plus.


Five years purchasing/supply chain experience in a manufacturing environment.

Relevant supply chain certification, such as APICS (CPIM, CSCP, CFPIM) and/or ISM (CPM, CPSM, CSM) or equivalent preferred.

Excellent oral and written skills.

Excellent negotiation skills and knowledge of contract law.

Ability to work in team environment.

Proven expertise with Lean / throughput techniques and concepts.

Skill with Microsoft Office software including advanced Excel, Word, and presentation graphics.
Experience with SAP a plus.


Work is normally performed in a typical interior work environment. May be required to work evenings and/or weekends. Constantly (85%) operates a computer and normal office equipment. Essential functions of the job are usually (85%) performed while sitting for extended periods of time. Frequently (75%) be required to stand, walk, talk, sit, and hear. This position occasionally requires to move (40%) about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. May be required to reach above shoulder height, below the waist, or lift as needed to file documents or store materials (up to 35 pounds) throughout the workday. Often (70%) visits manufacturing areas, which may require using personal protective equipment such as safety glasses with side shields and mandatory hearing protection.

International travel will be required, mostly to our Canadian home office.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individual with ADA recognized disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Glen Dimplex Americas is committed to providing equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, and local laws.   

This organization participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.   

How to Apply

Our team members include people like you: enthusiastic, innovative, motivated and creative. If you are interested in joining our team or learning more about this opportunity, please apply now.  Glen Dimplex Americas offers a competitive total rewards package, and we are continually striving to attract and retain the best talent available, building ongoing success for both our organization and our employees!

Glen Dimplex Americas is committed to fair and accessible employment practices.

We thank all applicants for their interest in Glen Dimplex Americas, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Vancouver, WA, USA