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Buyer/Planner in Greenville, SC at Standard Motor Products

Date Posted: 3/23/2021

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SMP Greenville, South Carolina hiring Buyer/Planner

About the Company

Standard Motor Products (SMP) is a leading independent manufacturer and distributor of replacement parts for the automotive aftermarket industry.  We supply Engine Management and Temperature Control parts for motor vehicles.  Our parts are sold throughout North America, Europe and Asia by traditional warehouse distributors as well as major automotive retail stores.

The Greenville Operations Facility manufactures fuel injectors and other engine management parts. Component parts are manufactured on site using CNC turning centers and other close tolerance metal cutting and grinding equipment.

The Company is headquartered in Long Island City, New York and has more than 20 facilities and distribution centers throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Asia.  For more information on SMP visit:

Standard Motor Products offers a competitive salary and benefit package including health, dental, vision and life insurance.


Buyer/Planner Opportunity

We are looking for a Buyer/Planner to plan and purchase raw material for the production of automotive parts.  The key responsibilities include identifying and sourcing qualified primary and secondary suppliers, and to create and manage reports and schedules.  Must have the ability to develop and maintain good supplier relationships while professionally resolving issues in a fair and ethical manner.  Strong negotiation skills are necessary to secure favorable terms for price, inventory levels, payment and delivery terms.  Will plan orders based on MRP system to ensure material coverage and timely delivery.  Will request PPAP and work with Quality Department. 

Essential Functions:

  • Negotiate with suppliers.
  • Create & manage reports and schedules.
  • Purchase production raw materials for on-time delivery.
  • Request quotes from suppliers and source alternative suppliers to optimize product quality, customer satisfaction and product cost.
  • Develop and maintain contacts with new and existing suppliers.
  • Create Purchase Orders in accordance with quality system guidelines as related to ISO 9001:2015.
  • Monitor and maintain required inventory levels.
  • Project Work, such as but not limited to; Low cost sourcing projects and actions associated with Engineered Product Offerings (EPO’s).
  • Expedite and Defer material deliveries.
  • Communicate with production & project team members and managers to determine needs.
  • Resolve invoice and receiving issues.
  • Manage and issue monthly supplier scorecards.
  • Issue forecast planning reports to suppliers.
  • Participate in corporate Supply Chain Initiatives.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Materials Manager.

Job Requirements


  • Minimum Associate Degree in related field and 2 years purchasing experience or 5+ years purchasing experience.
  • Working knowledge of MRP systems and schedule planning.
  • Proficient with MS Office.
  • Good organizational and telephone communication skills.
  • Attention to details.


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