This role is responsible for and manages purchasing, material requirements planning, supplier relationship management as well as providing input to product life cycle and service procurement strategy. Translate internal and external forecast inputs into demand requirements for MRP. Plan, schedule and monitor the movement of materials through the production cycle to determine required materials. Purchase materials, using engineering and production schedules to maintain inventory at planned levels. Gather quotations, examine bids and make awards decisions. Develop specifications for new contract orders. Evaluate vendor reliability; develop new supply sources where vendors and suppliers are inadequate. Monitor cost, schedule and scope of assigned subcontracts to assure best quality at best value. May train, mentor or supervise lower level Buyers. This is a high level position where work assignments are complex in nature, requiring discretion, independent judgment and diverse problem solving methods.