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Senior Buyer/Planner

Business Unit: Purchasing


Senior Buyer/Planner Position at Benco Dental

At Benco Dental, our company is our family, and we are looking for a new addition to assist us in Driving Dentistry Forward. Please review the description below carefully to ensure that this position is the perfect match for you!

What’s in it for YOU?

  • Excellent Compensation Packages
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Benefits Effective on Day 1
  • 401k Package, Paid Time Off Program, and Profit Sharing
  • Flexible/At Home Working Options
  • Associate Discounts and Community Giveback Programs
  • College Tuition Savings Program
  • Caring Family Culture Toward all Associates
  • Certified as a FORTUNE Great Place to Work
  • Opportunities to join resource groups that promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Family owned for 90+ years

Position Summary:

As a Senior Buyer/Planner you will be responsible for handling the everyday purchasing of assigned products sold at Benco; balancing purchases with current inventory, keeping adequate supply of product without backorders and overstocks; working on inventory planning with all vendors. Sr. Buyer/Planner will serve as mentor for new hires and will take ownership of a key department metric.

Do YOU Possess These Skills and Attributes?

General knowledge of principles and concepts of Purchasing. Ability to lead others, be approachable and unify. Expertise in ERP/ DRP systems a huge plus. Ability to identify opportunities and implement solutions. Ability to communicate effectively; negotiation skills; computer, organizational, and decision-making skills; the ability to work independently or as part of a group; must be multitask oriented. Fair to good skill sets in Microsoft Excel.

Do These Responsibilities Interest YOU?

Effectively maintains stock inventories for all assigned vendors by maintaining yearly fill rate goals.

• Use DRP system daily to place orders, transfer and review MTD portals; both general and customer and/or TR specific portals.

• Increase product turns to meet company objectives.
• Monitor purchase orders by reviewing PO before submitting to Vendor, maintaining accurate delivery dates on all PO’s. Follow up on PO’s with past due delivery dates and expedite as required.
• Consistently processes vendor returns (overstock/slow moving inventory) to meet goals for each DC.
• Maintain Binwork requests for assigned vendors - answer and close out within 24 hours. If request can’t be closed for any reason, enter note in the “Binwork Discussion” section with a description of what is happening with the request with initials and a date. Follow up on these requests daily - with new notes explaining any changes in status.
• Once a month accurately review reports that help guide whether items should be moved from stock to non-stock and vise-versa. Anticipate product trends by working with marketing to decide which new products to stock and which to make non-stock because of a reduction sales.
• Be proactive to flyers and publications. Items in flyers should be reviewed to determine if they should be made stock in all DC’s before the publication starts.
• Check buyer queue regularly to manage work flow.
• Monitor/process work orders to ensure items are created in a timely manner.
• Provides clear communication to both internal and external associates and customers.
• Perform vendor follow up to include past due Purchase Orders and invoices when applicable.
• Consistently displays through actions and verbal communication, a “can do” attitude; reaching out to team members both within and external to department to positively affect continuous improvement initiatives.
• Mentors at least one Purchasing Agent in one “job task/skill area.”
• Support all PA’s as needed to ensure department goals are met.
• Liaison between PA’s and DRP projects; participate in ongoing meetings with DRP provider.
• Monitor “special” portals / reports for onboarding new accounts – review with team members as required.
• Meet with Manager at least once per month to review projects, report metrics and provide feedback relative to PA performance, opportunities for improvement.
• International Ordering – understand process including air freight requirements.
• Demonstrates desire and ability to continuously learn and grow in a leadership role by attending minimum of one “leadership” or skill related training per quarter (as offered by Benco). Purchasing Manager and Director Supply Chain will assist in selection of appropriate training classes as needed.
• Possesses a high level of integrity and establish credibility with peers and management.
• Provide leadership by example, training and support as needed to all purchasing agents

Do YOU Meet These Requirements?

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business/Supply Chain or equivalent education/experience
  • Experience: Minimum of three years Purchasing and Supply Chain experience
  • Experience with ERP implementation a plus.
  • Experience with INFOR platform a plus.

Who We Are: It’s our Mission to Drive Dentistry Forward

Benco Dental, the largest privately owned, full-service dental distributor in the United States, has remained in the family since 1930—a family that now includes our more than 30,000 customers and over 1,400 associates in the 48 contiguous states.

We provide more supply and equipment options than any other full-service distributor, an offering enhanced by a comprehensive suite of services, including office design, equipment repair, practice coaching, financing and project management, wealth management and dental-specific technology solutions. These services are supported by over 400 professionally trained sales representatives and 300 factory-trained service technicians who begin every task by asking “What does the customer want?”

If you enjoy working for a progressive company, who is committed to diversity in our workforce, who values all customers and associates, who also provides the opportunity for growth and development- we encourage you to learn more about our Benco family. We are looking for driven professionals who want to play a key role in our future success, while making a positive impact within our industry. Thank you for your interest in Benco Dental. We look forward to hearing from you!





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