The Buyer/Planner is responsible for executing the procurement process in accordance with Company policies including (but not limited to) Inventory Management System (IMS), documentation, specifications, order placement and follow up, and delivery negotiations, supplier performance and inter-company communications. Maintains purchase orders to reflect latest contracted costs and monitors/maintains inventory levels in accordance with production requirements. Perform function of Procurement for assigned facility(s) and to support customer demand and inventory supermarket levels. Supports and backups the Strategic Sourcing Manager where necessary and as required. Functions as a leader. The Buyer/Planner leads the team in problem resolution acting as the first point of escalation in the Global Supply Chain (GSC). Proactively anticipates issues and problems in the GSC. The Buyer/Planner leads continuous improvement projects including but not limited to cost improvements, and risk identification/mitigation from conception to completion.