Olympus America Inc. Purchasing Manager in State College, Pennsylvania

Job Description

State College, PA - The Purchasing Manager is responsible for managing a multi-functional technical team in the production introduction, procurement of parts, manufacturing, and sustainment of products in the State College facility. The incumbent will manage all purchasing of materials via a MRP / ERP system § Leadership and support of the Lean/Sigma Continuous Improvement program. He/She will be responsible for price negotiation with vendors to ensure Olympus remains highly profitable § Planning parts deliveries to ensure that we meet customer expectations. The incumbent will audit and monitor OTD vendor performance to ensure suppliers meeting lead times. He/She will work directly with all departments to ensure ECN documentation, part SS, and inventories are correct and meeting sufficient levels. The incumbent will manage staff and potential staff needs. He/She will required an experienced and thorough understanding of ERP systems. The incumbent will ensure that physical inventory is current and accurate. EOE Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled

Job Duties:

  • Support Corporate policies and processes.

  • Champion Lean activities.

  • Select qualified vendors and ensure they meet OTD to promise dates.

  • Plan/meet schedules.

  • Negotiation prices/contracts with vendors.

  • Ensure vendors are meeting quality, cost, delivery and safety objectives.

  • Anticipate and react to changing conditions.

  • Successfully collaborate with other departments and employees within Olympus.

  • Perform all other essential duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience is required.

  • Minimum of 7 years experience in a manufacturing environment is preferred.

  • Minimum of 3 years purchasing/MRP experience is required.

  • Management experience with the procurement of assembly parts and consumable materials is necessary.

  • Must be a result-oriented ‘change agent’ who demonstrates an analytical approach to problem solving.

  • Must have proven experience applying Lean/Six Sigma techniques.

  • Exemplary interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate at all levels to maintain relationships and cooperation in pursuing organizational goals are essential.

  • Must have knowledge and understanding of MRP and shop floor control systems.

  • (BOM & Work orders) Project Management skills and experience are essential.

  • Proven ability to assess resource requirements and workloads for effective execution is necessary.

  • Must have thorough understanding of Documentation Control, including but not limited to ECN, revision control, source file vaulting and Product Life Cycle Management.

  • Excellent communication skills are preferred.

  • MRP system understanding is desired.

Supervisor Responsibilities

  • Purchasing Assistant/Buyer - Inventory control

Auto req ID 2584BR

Posting Title Purchasing Manager

Company URL Olympus Corp of the Americas at http://www.olympusamerica.com/

About Us Olympus Corporation of the Americas, with headquarters in Center Valley, PA is a precision technology leader, creating innovative opto-digital solutions in health care, life science and consumer electronics products throughout North America. Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its affiliates worldwide to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include: gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products; advanced clinical and research microscopes, digital cameras and voice recorders. Olympus Corp of the Americas at http://www.olympusamerica.com/

Posting Locations Pennsylvania, State College

Olympus is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and our policies prohibit unlawful discrimination based on an employee's or applicant's race, color, sex, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, genetic information, ancestry, military or veteran status, or any other federal, state or local protected classification.