Buyer Planner II

About GridPoint:

GridPoint is a smart building technology leader with a mission focused on enabling the world’s transition to an efficient and sustainable future through smart, grid-connected buildings. Our hardware-enabled subscription offerings bridge the gap between commercial businesses, utilities, and technology partners to support grid modernization and bring outdated energy infrastructure to the 21st century. Powered by the best data, our platform is designed to identify best-fit energy strategies, reduce waste, and make buildings smarter through controls, automation, and machine learning.


Job Summary:

Buyer performs all functions related to planning, purchasing, negotiating, and expediting assigned items. Works closely with contract manufacturer, engineering, and sales departments on assigned projects. Manages supplier and EMS relationships, including performance and development, implements inventory programs (consignment, VMI, and stocking), monitors and updates lead-time and safety stocks to ensure continuity of supply.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities: 


  • Executing various aspects of procurement including quoting, negotiating, sub-contracting, order processing and resolving order issues.
  • Develop sourcing strategies and lead supplier selection process.
  • Prepare RFQ’s, negotiate with suppliers, and initiate purchase orders.
  • Focus on resolving shortages affecting Manufacturing to ensure continuity of supply.
  • Actively pursue methods that will reduce the lead-time for “critical path” materials with no extra risk or expense to GridPoint.
  • This person also has the responsibility to keep the excess & obsolete inventory low and under control.
  • Review open orders-initiate actions relative to changes in demand / inventory position.
  • Monitor and address supplier’s performance against company quality and delivery goals.
  • Develop and manage long term agreements with suppliers that are providing a strategic advantage.
  • Identify and develop opportunities for cost reduction utilizing alternative sourcing, negotiation, etc. to achieve company goals and metrics.
  • Monitor market and supplier trends for opportunities and risk.
  • Performs root cause analysis in respect to assigned commodities, services, or processes to improve customer service.
  • Generates continuous improvement projects.
  • Expedites when required, material deliveries to meet special operational requirements such as push-ins or special customer requirements.
  • Maintain vendor and material master records.



  • Proven experience in a buyer/planner role or similar with an understanding of electronic components, ideally with contract manufacturers and other technical purchasing requirements.
  • 5+ years’ experience preferred in Purchasing, Supply Chain Management
  • Strong written, verbal, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Ability to determine root cause and perform cause & effect analysis.
  • Bachelor’s degree required – preferably in Purchasing, Supply Chain Management, or Business Management
  • Experience maintaining purchasing information records (PIR) and material master (MM)
  • Experience working with Contract Manufacturers (CM) preferred
  • CPIM/CPM certificate is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge in the use of Microsoft Office, i.e., Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of quality control principles.
  • Proficiency with an ERP system (Great Plains,, and Workplace)
  • An organized and proactive approach to problem-solving, and the ability to thrive in a collaborative, fast-paced, deadline driven environment.



Travel Requirement:

  • 10-20%



  • Reston or Roanoke, VA
  • Possibly open to remote for the right candidate
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