Kappa Search | Chicago Employment Agencies | SAP Recruiters

Kappa Search Inc. is a Chicago employment agency that specializes in engineering, manufacturing, technical sales and supply chain recruitment and placement. We are currently recruiting for a Buyer/Planner with SAP and demand planning experience.

The main responsibility of the position is to schedule materials and manufacturing to meet customers’ requirements and to ensure continuous flow of purchased materials to manufacturing cells from approved suppliers, while maximizing value and minimizing total cost through utilization of JIT/Kanban.

This position is intended to provide day-to-day purchasing support and supplier management. The Buyer/Planner will also be responsible to insure the successful/timely fulfillment of material requirements for a manufacturing unit.

 Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement and maintain Kanban systems for all unit manufacturing cells and insure inventory accuracy
  • Work with Sales/Customer Service team to track and understand customer requirements
  • Create a production schedule, which supports the customer’s requirements
  • Drive Engineering, Production, Kanban Coordinators and Purchasing to meet the schedule
  • Track progress and results for communication to the customer through Customer Service/Sales
  • Analyze data in order to develop, implement and improve systems for process improvements
  • Improve/maintain kanban systems
  • Lower internal and external component lead-times
  • Decrease stock-outs
  • Lower the product-to-customer lead-time
  • Daily procurement responsibilities as required
  • Day-to-day and medium term supplier management, including:
  1. schedule releases to ensure timely supply of goods and/or services
  2. facilitate root cause problem resolution
  • Work with purchasing team to develop supply base, including: source/re-source components and/or services,
  • Requisite involvement in new product development/component sourcing


  • Minimum of 3-5 experience in production/material planning/master scheduling
  • Experience in JIT/Kanban environment & cellular manufacturing
  • Good knowledge of manufacturing & assembly processes
  • Strong PC literacy with spreadsheets and word processing
  • Excellent communications skills (written & verbal)
  • Practical knowledge of purchasing with proven negotiating skills
  • Basic understanding of engineering drawings


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field
  • Several years SAP & planing experience.