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Buying/Planning Specialist

Date: Mar 23, 2023

Location: Maple Grove, MN, US

Company: Celestica International Inc.

Buying/Planning Specialist
Req ID: 115353
Hiring Manager: Tyler Grefe
Band: 08 
Region: Americas 
Country: USA 
State/Province: Minnesota
City:  Maple Grove

Detailed Description:

AbelConn, a Celestica company, is a global Center of Excellence for the Aerospace, Defense, Licensing and HealthTech industries. Our business is growing. We recently moved into a new state-of-the-art facility located in Maple Grove, MN that offers world-class manufacturing, engineering, and product lifecycle services. Our deep expertise in manufacturing, electromechanical design support, prototype manufacturing, electronic assembly, finishing, and enclosure assembly is unlocking new solutions for our customers.

Interested in working on some of the most exciting new technologies on the market? We are always looking for talented people with the right experience, skills, and attitude to join our expanding team. Your success is our success—our top priority is to hire the best and offer a sense of ownership and opportunity in building your career. We offer competitive compensation and exceptional opportunities for personal and professional growth. Join our talented team and help us to imagine, develop and deliver a better future with our customers.


Incumbents apply in-depth knowledge in a specific area of specialization. Work is performed within established professional standards and practices. Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of identifiable factors and a considerable degree of judgement. Erroneous decisions or failure to achieve results may have a negative impact on the division’s/department’s operations, schedules, and/or performance goals. Works under minimum Supervision. Seeks approval from others on matters outside of job/role scope. Receives instruction on specific assignment objectives and possible solutions. Unusual problems are solved jointly with manager. Work is reviewed for application of sound technical judgment. May lead a work group or project team consisting of technical and support staff. Builds internal and external relationships, with emphasis on those that facilitate the achievement of job/role accountabilities, such as relationships with key suppliers, customers and internal service.

Performs tasks such as, but not limited to, the following:
Plans for and procures materials necessary to meet manufacturing build requirements for one or several product lines. Plans and schedules timely material required for customer forecasts. Determines material requirements from engineering and production schedules and coordinate the efficient movement of materials throughout the production cycle. Reviews requisitions, contacts vendors, examines bids and initiates contracts. Initiates purchases driven through MRP process. Assesses when to execute and what order to place based on other factors. Pushes or cancels orders per production plans. Reviews forecasted requirements and purchases materials in accordance with that forecast. Ensures materials are available to meet manufacturing build requirements. Matches material infeed and inventory turnover so as not to hold too high a percentage of inventory at any time. Qualifies new supplies through survey and site visits. Helps establish new supplier accounts with finance department. Investigates and resolves issues with invoices or suppliers. Works with internal customers to address, return and receive credit for defective materials. Acts as a customer liaison with new product introduction. Introduces the new product through manufacturing to shipping per customer requirements. Attends weekly change meetings with the customer. Reviews and submits new costs associated with the change or the introduction of new requirements. Determines cut in of new design changes. Interfaces with customer’s engineering staff. Works with inventory control at end of product life. Writes procedures and documentation and trains and mentors new and less experienced purchasing employees.


  • Extensive knowledge of procurement processes, inventory management and supplier management.
  • Knowledge of an electronic manufacturing environment, the types of materials being purchased by the department and the engineering change process.
  • Knowledge of basic computer applications and the ability to learn and use multiple applications specific to this department.
  • Good negotiation and problem resolution skills.
  • Ability to plan strategically for the coordinated delivery of a variety of materials.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail and accuracy and working under tight time deadlines.
  • Ability to evaluate, prioritize and problem solve a variety of tasks to ensure their timely and accurate completion.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with a wide variety of internal and external customers.

    Physical Demands:
  • Duties of this position are performed in a normal office environment.
  • Duties may require extended per


Positions with AbelConn involve the release of export controlled goods either directly to employees or through the employee’s movement within the facility. As such, AbelConn will require necessary information from all applicants upon an applicant’s acceptance of employment to determine if any export control exemptions or licenses must be filed

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Celestica’s policy on equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran or disability status, or other characteristics protected by law. 

This policy applies to hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral and other aspects of employment and also states that retaliation against a person who files a charge of discrimination, participates in a discrimination proceeding, or otherwise opposes an unlawful employment practice will not be tolerated. All information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.



Celestica (NYSE, TSX: CLS) enables the world’s best brands. Through our recognized customer-centric approach, we partner with leading companies in Aerospace and Defense, Communications, Enterprise, HealthTech, Industrial, Capital Equipment and Energy to deliver solutions for their most complex challenges. As a leader in design, manufacturing, hardware platform and supply chain solutions, Celestica brings global expertise and insight at every stage of product development – from drawing board to full-scale production and after-market services for products from advanced medical devices, to highly engineered aviation systems, to next-generation hardware platform solutions for the Cloud.

Headquartered in Toronto, with talented teams spanning 40+ locations in 13 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia, we imagine, develop and deliver a better future with our customers.


Celestica would like to thank all applicants, however, only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Celestica does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruitment agencies or fee based recruitment services.

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