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Cummins Inc. Buyer Assistant in Ankeny, Iowa

Buyer Assistant


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Buyer Assistant


We are looking for a talented Buyer Assistance to join our team specializing in Quantity and Order Date for our Supply Chain Planning in Des Moines, IA

In this role, you will make an impact in the following ways:

  • Under general supervision , determines the quantity and order date for materials needed to meet the master production schedule or independent customer demand. Expedites purchase or production orders as appropriate

  • Quality


  • Follows applicable standard work, process documentation, and quality procedures.\

  • Collects data on material planning master data (lead time, order quantities, etc.) to support Plan for Every Part (PFEP)\

  • Works with Quality to disposition non-conforming material in a timely manner

  • Delivery

  • Executes supply plan releases with assigned suppliers to support the demand plan.\

  • Participates on allocation calls with Sourcing Manager, supplier, and other Cummins entities to understand nature and impact of constraints.\

  • Works with suppliers to reduce lead time and order quantities balancing supply with demand.\

  • Supports excess inventory reposition activities to other Cummins locations with supporting demand.\

  • Provides accurate, timely updates specific to inventory availability and back order recovery plans.\

  • Assists in ramp up / ramp down activities to meet demand while minimizing excess and obsolete inventory.\

  • Reconciles order boards for critical suppliers, critical parts, and past due orders on a routine basis.\

  • Supports the Deliver Supplier Improvement Process initiative to improve performance metrics.\

  • Documents, communicates, and follows-up on action items impacting the ability to execute the plan.\

  • Takes ownership and accountability for delivery of supplier schedules that supports end Customer needs.\

  • Demonstrates the target level of proficiency in core competencies.\

  • Remains flexible and performs other miscellaneous duties, as required, to meet business goals


Master Supply Scheduling - Establishes and maintains a valid Master Production Schedule for a family of products, which meets customer’s expectations and requirements while maximizing operational efficiency; validates procurement scheduling, production scheduling, and replenishment planning are aligned to manufacturing and assembly assets for conversion.

Materials KPI Management - Operates in relation to recent or historical outputs as compared to expectations of the organization to determine next steps to drive improvement; assesses gaps to the supply chain performance against the expectation of achieving target deliverables; interprets KPIs to understand end-customer impact; strategically balances trade-offs to influence one KPI while minimizing the impact to others.

Materials Master Data Management - Determines the source of master data (bill-of-material, disposition code, planner code, etc.) ensuring changes are updated at the origin rather than downstream system(s); tracks, monitors, and improves the quality of master data feeding into the demand and supply plan.

Materials Planning Parameters - Aligns parameters (minimum order quantity, multiple order quantity, lead time, part cost, etc.) to balance the supply and demand plans while stabilizing the supply chain; runs changes to parameter settings in the planning environment and analyzes the impact to customer delivery and inventory.

Materials Planning System Utilization - ​Uses the materials planning system to manage supply and demand plans taking long-term corrective action on exception messages and other alerts based on root cause analysis; occasionally refers to adhoc tools such as Excel, Access, TOAD, OMS, etc. in performing problem solving, while leveraging the materials planning system as the primary tool in day-to-day operations.

​​ Plan for Every Part (PFEP) - Uses PFEP in planning, designing, and management of systems and processes within a facility to ensure delivery of right part at the right time in the right quantity to the right place, which in turn guarantees smooth operations; applies PFEP principles on the end to end supply chain with particular attention to the relationships between master data management, materials planning parameters, engineered material flows, transport management, and warehouse management.

Education, Licenses, Certifications

High school diploma or certificate of completion of secondary education or equivalent experience to the extent such experience meets applicable regulations.

This position may require licensing for compliance with export controls or sanctions regulations.


Requires some work experience and intermediate level knowledge obtained through training or on-the-job experience.

Normal business hours are 8am to 5pm. Specific duties for this role include managing new projects, tracking parts shortages and communicating timing, putting together costing for prototype projects and production, sending request for quotes, vendor selection and setting up part numbers.

Compensation and Benefits

Base salary rate commensurate with experience. Additional benefits vary between locations and include options such as our 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Cash Balance Pension Plan, Medical/Dental/Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Domestic Partners Coverage and a full complement of personal and professional benefits

Cummins and E-verify

At Cummins, we are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity in the workplace. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, color, disability, national origin, age, religion, union affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship, gender identity and/or expression, or other status protected by law. Cummins validates right to work using E-Verify. Cummins will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.




Primary Location United States-Iowa-Des Moines-US, IA, Ankeny, Cummins Central Power - EIC

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Office

Job Posting Jun 7, 2021, 5:30:14 PM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 210001BH