NPI Buyer Planner (HID1724)

Austin, TX North AmericaUSAustin, TX
HID Global
Job Type: 
Functional Area: 
Supply Chain
Job Level: 
Mid-Senior Level

Become a NPI Buyer Planner in an Innovative High-Tech Security Company

Job ID: HID1724

#Securing your Future!

This role is a part of the Global Supply Chain team pivotal in the commercialization of new products from development to manufacturing.  This role will drive and execute material plans working with Design Engineering and Category Management for new product ramp plans.   This person will be an active participant in new product introduction team as the key procurement contact for tactical material status.  Critical BOM risk analysis and order release tracking to meet planned schedules along with providing updated material program status will be the main function of this role.  This individual will ensure that all buying decisions support the specific needs and requirements of the Business Unit.  Ensure all relevant preliminary information to procure parts, materials, equipment and/or services necessary for the operation of an organization. Analyze quotations received; be involved in the selection or recommendation of suppliers with whom orders are to be placed and schedule deliveries.  At times, may be called upon to develop contracts with preferred suppliers.  Negotiations as required to implement cost reductions before product launch and support cost savings initiatives in the growth phase of a new product. Advise appropriate company personnel on "make or buy" decisions as they relate to procurement costs. Arrange for trial evaluation of supplier's products with applicable groups.  Prepare and place the most complex purchase orders with suppliers for assigned parts, materials and services requiring extensive or specialized service.  Confer with vendors to obtain all applicable information needed relative to products and services.  Develop sources of supply where vendors and preferred Supplies are inadequate.

Support the project team through all milestones and ensure standard work is adequately completed at each step. Expedite and follow-up on critical production part shortages. Ensure a stable supply chain following new product launch.

Determine own practices and procedures under limited or no supervision.  Position provides new and varied work situations of high complexity.  Errors in judgment may severely affect production; create delays and revenue loss.  Extensive outside contacts made with limited or no supervision with manufacturing, factory representatives and salespeople at all levels.  Coordinate buying activities within the organization with other departments and buyers.  Candidate will be working with project team members in other geographic locations and needs to be able to understand and react to the needs of all internal customers and compensate for the geographic disparity with increased communication. The global coordination will focus on key raw material supplier constraints as well as finished good production plans.

What you will be doing

  • Proactive communication with vendors and project teams is critical to success.
  • Interface with the CM or HID factory responsible for the actual product build; manage and oversee the technology transfer prototype centers to production factory
  • Oversee the CM’s NPI team to ensure a smooth transition through design, launch and ramp
  • Assess NPI bill of materials for lifecycle and risk issues (Long lead-items, supply chain capacity issues, obsolescence)
  • Support manufacturing issues and continuous improvement actions
  • Provide feedback to appropriate departments of the CM partner to meet the requirements
  • Develop strong relationships internally with stakeholders, with the various functions at the CM partner, and with OEM suppliers.
  • Support weekly NPI deliverables to enable engineering to successfully develop new products
  • Participate in the monthly NPI Readiness meetings to develop a common, agreed-upon Plan; participate in the Engineering PDP gate reviews
  • Interact with Global Planning for all new product introductions to analyze ramp to demand
  • Assist with or lead supplier negotiations and contract development
  • Develop supplier implementation plans in alignment with Global Supply Chain strategies
  • Ensures and monitors company compliance with contractual obligations, sourcing policies, and preferred supplier arrangements
  • Demonstrated knowledge of multistage NPI/Product launch Processes & Tools with an eagerness to develop NPI sourcing processes to enable standardized NPI development
  • Must be familiar with Electronics Manufacturing

What we are looking for    

  • Prefer a Bachelor's degree in Business or Supply Chain with minimum 5 to 8 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must have a minimum of 5-8 years broad manufacturing management experience
  • Familiarity with software applications such as Oracle and Agile is desirable
  • Experience developing supply agreements and managing supplier relationships
  • Strong organizational skills with a focus on follow up and follow through is expected.

Why Should You Apply?

  • Excellent terms and conditions
  • Flexibility
  • On-the-job training and development
  • Work as part of a global team


HID Global is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Female/Disabled/Veteran

HID Global powers the trusted identities of the world's people, places and things. Every day millions of people in more than 100 countries use our products and services to securely access physical and digital places. Over 2 billion things that need to be identified, verified and tracked are connected through HID Global’s technology. We make it possible for people to transact safely, work productively and travel freely. We work with governments, universities, hospitals, financial institutions and some of the most innovative companies on the planet—helping them to create trusting and trusted physical and digital environments so that they and the people who use them can fulfill their potential. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 4,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit