Senior Inventory Planner/Buyer

Innovate Medical, LLC   Johnson City, TN   Full-time     Supply Chain / Logistics
Posted on June 7, 2021

Innovate Medical, LLC is a woman-owned medical device company, operating in East Tennessee for over 20 years with a national sales presence in the hospital disposables market.   Our company is an initial U.S. importer and light manufacturer and packager, specializing in sterile packaging and private labelling of disposable medical devices for major U.S. distributors.  The Senior Inventory Planner/Buyer is a key position in our company.  We are open to some training but we have a firm requirement for high technical skill level on use of Excel for data analysis.  This job is for a highly data-driven person.  We offer proven job stability, health insurance and vacation benefits, and a great group of hard-working people anxious to find another high quality, hard working team member.

Classification: Exempt

Salary Grade/Level/Family Range: Level 4

Required Education, Training, and Experience

  • College Degree
  • Experience using ERP Software (preferably QuickBooks Enterprise)
  • Extensive Experience using Excel, including creating complex formulas
  • Minimum 2-years in Supply Chain position(s)

Special Requirements

  • High Level Critical and Analytical Thinking Skills
  • High Level Problem-Solving Skills
  • Time Management Skills
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Coaching and Supervisory Skills

Reports to: CEO

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time salary position. Base hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm; 40 hours per week.


The Senior Inventory Planner/Buyer is responsible for developing and implementing acceptable inventory level guidelines that balance customer stocking commitments, supplier lead times, manufacturing lead times, inventory turns, cash flow, and profit.  This key position requires professional level communication with suppliers, customers, sales, sourcing, product development, production, warehousing and quality assurance to pro-actively anticipate potential supply disruptions, to take measures to avoid said disruptions when possible, and minimize business harm when unavoidable supply disruptions occur via development and implementation of creative customer-centered solutions.   

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Analyzing customer usage, forecasting demand, placing purchase orders for approved materials and services, maintaining appropriate inventory levels to support production and customer order fulfillment, and pro-actively communicating crucial supply chain information to various departments within the organization to collaboratively effect customer-centered solutions to supply chain obstacles
  • Maintaining a close working relationship with outside suppliers, contract manufacturers, and customer buyers to maintain awareness of changes in customer demand and supplier output capacity
  • Maintaining a key internal leadership role including effective communication with QA, customer service, warehousing/distribution, production, sales, accounting, and executive management
  • Regularly reporting key supply chain performance metrics to executive management, and providing timely strategic solutions to ensure the ability of the organization to anticipate and pro-actively handle customer needs
  • Balancing multiple company policies and priorities to make financially sound inventory decisions
  • Supporting product development initiatives by sourcing tier II inventory and commodity supplies per internal quality assurance purchasing procedures
  • Ensuring that company procedures and work instructions for inventory planning and buying are clear, accurate, and implemented
  • Ensuring appropriate customs and FDA import compliance procedures are followed internally by staff and by contracted service providers
  • Supervising the secondary buying responsibilities of other administrative staff as needed
  • Making quick decisions in the absence of CEO and owners to bind the company in urgent supply matters up to one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00)

Innovate Medical, LLC

2210 Buffalo Rd
Johnson City , TN