Buyer-Planner III

Particle Measuring Systems

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$25-38.46 /h
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Boulder, CO

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:

Do you want to be part of a business that genuinely values entrepreneurialism, innovation and individual accountability? We focus on our customers and are proud of the difference our technology makes. We partner with some of the biggest manufacturing companies in the world and our technical innovations are used to enhance well-known brands across multiple industries.

Particle Measuring Systems (PMS) sets the standard for cleanroom contamination monitoring. With more than 60 patents, we create the technology that enables our customers to make fact-based decisions, improve process yields and comply with ever-changing regulatory requirements.

The Role

Under limited supervision, the Buyer-Planner III, procures and executes material requirements for production items according to the MRP plan, analyzes system-planned information for accuracy, releases purchase orders to suppliers and manufacturing orders to production, and maintains valid schedules and material control practices.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Ensure continuity of supply, effective competition, quality and prompt delivery of products from internal and external suppliers.
  • Utilize metrics and problem solving techniques to ensure root cause resolution on delivery, lead-time, cost, and other critical performance metrics. Reviews action messages, generated by ERP, for accuracy.
  • Uses ERP to analyze supply and demand for components and sub-assemblies. Analysis includes component part availability, lot size, lead-time, cost and other critical parameters.
  • Ability and desire to act as backup Master Production scheduler.
  • Utilize project management skills to seamlessly integrate material changes into a manufacturing environment.
  • Releases manufacturing work orders to production and purchase orders to suppliers. Produces required support; documentation and reschedules existing orders as required.
  • Collaborates with others to identify potential material shortages and expedites as appropriate.
  • Uses and creates database, word processing and spreadsheet software as a tool to produce or enhance reports.
  • Works effectively with other members of the organization to improve materials related inventory control systems and activities.
  • Work with engineering teams on new product introduction and design changes
  • Evaluate potential suppliers with regard to quality, cost and delivery
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Eight or more years of related Materials experience in a manufacturing environment required using an ERP
  • Bachelor’s degree and professional association certification preferred.
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills
  • Experience with performing financial modeling using Excel
  • Experience with conducting commodity analysis on parts
  • Lean Six Sigma experience preferred

The Nuts and Bolts

Location – This is an “in-office” position 20% of the time with Covid precautions being taken. The location of this position is in Boulder, CO. The remainder of the time you may work from home. These percentages are targets with the actual schedule to be determined in conjunction with the Manager's expectations for the position. Relocation may be offered for this role, but local candidates will receive first consideration.

2022 Benefits At-a-Glance

Our benefit package is provided through our parent company, Spectris.

  • Medical
  • Health Advocate – This confidential service can help you; your spouse, dependent children, parents, and parents-in-law resolve health care and insurance-related issues, manage chronic conditions and improve your health and well-being.
  • Dental – Delta Dental PPO; DeltaCare USA
  • Vision – VSP Vision Plan
  • 401(k)
  • Flexible Spending Account

Pay Range

$52,000-80,000 depending upon experience

How we determine what we pay (compensation philosophy)

Particle Measuring Systems determines pay for positions using local, national, and industry-specific survey data, for the Boulder, Colorado area. We will evaluate external equity, which is the relative marketplace job worth of jobs directly comparable to jobs within our company.

For new hires, we to make competitive offers between the minimum and around the midpoint of the range. This allows the new employee room for future merit increases during review cycles. There may be times when we will offer above the midpoint. The decision to do so will be based on the applicant’s level of experience, education, and specialized knowledge and skills. Additionally, we consider the external market rate, the amount we have budgeted internally, and the compensation rates of the employees within the company doing the same position.

Particle Measuring Systems is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer