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Job Title:  Buyer & Planner

Req ID:  22651
Job Category:  Supply Chain Management
Country/Region:  US
State:  OH
City:  Mentor
Zip:  44060

At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Position Summary

This is a great opportunity to join a well-established, global company that will invest in your career growth over the long term. STERIS wouldn’t be where it is today without our incredible, talented people. That’s why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring people who are in it for the long run with STERIS is our ultimate goal.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • Competitive pay
  • Annual merit and bonus plans
  • Training and coaching
  • Medical, vision, dental and life insurance
  • 401(k) with a company match
  • Paid vacation time and paid holidays
  • Tuition assistance
  • Opportunities for advancement

This position is responsible for master scheduling and buying of service parts and supply planning of assigned products purchased from 3rd party sources and ensuring products conform to STERIS’ engineering documents, policies, procedures, work instructions, and ISO/GMP requirements.  Schedule and manage master/detail schedule and resulting purchase orders to meet Customer delivery requirements and when necessary, expedite product to maintain the ultimate level of customer service.


  1. Inputs and manages planning data/work orders in the material plan/system that best meets the demand projection, inventory requirements and Customer requirements for assigned products to meet overall objectives.
  2. Provides input into the Service Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) process.
  3. Manages the cross functional communication necessary to maintain monthly demand and supply plans that support customer and inventory requirements.
  4. Releases purchase orders to suppliers in order to maintain material flow.
  5. Monitors open purchase orders, follows up and expedites open items. Communicates to appropriate individuals any change in delivery, price or specifications.
  6. Secure quotes from qualified suppliers or respective STERIS manufacturing plant of assigned materials to obtain most favorable prices and services consistent with quality requirements.
  7. Coordinates and assists, with the respective commodity manager, in maintaining a supply base that adheres to STERIS policies and procedures.
  8. Monitors inventory levels and takes necessary action to adjust according to inventory requirements.
  9. Investigates and recommends new sources of supply that will provide maximum value to the company and to the Customer.
  10. Maintain appropriate purchasing files as required.
  11. Negotiate and facilitate the return of rejected and obsolete material. Resolves material non-conformance and invoice issues with suppliers.
  12. Participate in lean supply chain initiatives and identify improvement opportunities.
  13. Reconcile accounts payable discrepancies.
  14. Becomes proficient in the use of the STERIS forecast tool (Smoothie) to update forecast and/or provide data to suppliers or internal STERIS Customer on assigned responsibilities.

Duties - cont'd

Education Degree

  • Bachelor's Degree

Required Experience

  1. Bachelors degree in supply chain management, operations, logistics, or related field.  13 years progressive in planning required in leiu of bachelors degree.
  2. Three (3) years experience in purchasing or production/inventory control.
  3. Minimum (3) years experience utilizing MRP principles and techniques.
  4. Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills. 
  5. Strong organizational, negotiation and planning skills.
  6. Excellent interpersonal, communication, organization, problems solving, business acumen, and time management skills.

Preferred Experience

  1. MBA or advanced degree a plus.
  2. Certification in related field (APICS) or (CPIM) or CPM is strongly desired.



STERIS is a $3B, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) organization with approximately 12,000 associates worldwide and operates in more than 100 countries.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please call 1 (440) 392.7047. This contact information is for accommodation inquiries only and cannot be used to check application status.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

The full affirmative action program, absent the data metrics required by § 60-741.44(k), shall be available to all employees and applicants for employment for inspection upon request. The program may be obtained at your location’s HR Office during normal business hours.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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