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Buyer/Planner III

Richardson, TX, USA Req #153
Monday, March 1, 2021

ABOUT INOGEN Inogen was founded in 2001 to improve quality of life and increase freedom and independence for oxygen therapy users. Inogen is innovation in oxygen therapy. The Inogen mission is to improve freedom and independence for oxygen therapy patients through innovative products and services. Inogen is a manufacturer and Accredited Homecare Provider.

Inogen is focused on quality care, continuous improvement, and outstanding customer satisfaction. We are a stable, USA based company dedicated to providing an exciting and rewarding career to our employees. We completed a successful Initial Public Offering on the NASDAQ in 2014 and have demonstrated substantial growth over the last five years. Our work environment is casual yet high performing, and we are looking for seriously talented, motivated, and fast-paced professionals to join our team.

Job Summary:

The Buyer/Planner is responsible for procuring raw material, expense items and equipment in support of manufacturing operations.  This includes establishing and maintaining the Kanban ordering process that triggers the need for raw material ordering.  In addition, they will release purchase orders with suppliers off of pre-existing blanket agreements and negotiate price with suppliers for lower-level/non-contract items.  They will expedite/delay raw material in accordance with manufacturing needs and track, research and improve line down part shortages.  Furthermore, they will set and manage to raw material inventory targets and turns improvement goals.  They will be a key part of the manufacturing team.


Responsibilities (Specific tasks, duties, essential functions of the job)

  • Calculate and maintain Kanban/Ultriva order quantities.
  • Order raw material using Kanban/Ultriva pull system.
  • Expedite or delay raw material deliveries based on manufacturing needs.
  • Resolve general problems with suppliers (i.e. - receiving errors, invoicing problems)
  • Proactively identify and escalate major supply issues in a timely manner
  • Monitor and improve line-down part shortages and supplier on-time delivery.
  • Establish and achieve inventory reduction goals for raw material through detailed inventory analysis and action plans.
  • Implement and sustain improvements in inventory 5s/visual management, including inventory accuracy.
  • Responsible for training new suppliers on the use of Ultriva and emphasizing best practices.
  • Negotiates with vendors for all materials, supplies, equipment and services used by the Company, where contract pricing is not established by the strategic procurement team.
  • Coordinates with Supply Chain organization on integrating new suppliers.
  • Coordinate the smooth transition of raw material during the launch of new products and engineering change orders.
  • Maintain regular and punctual attendance.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures.
  • Assist with any other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • High sense-of-urgency, work ethic.
  • Strong analytical and planning ability.
  • Highly organized.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Effective conflict resolution and communication skills
  • Ability to problem-solve complex solutions both daily and long-term.
  • Lean manufacturing practitioner.
  • Ability to effectively interface with different departments within the company.
  • A willingness to spend significant time on the factory floor problem-solving and collaborating.
  • Ability to effectively interface with different departments within the company.
  • Solutions-oriented problem solver.
  • Excellent planning, communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to effectively interface with different departments within the company.


Qualifications (Experience and Education)

  • Bachelors degree in Business Management, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, or related technical discipline, required.
  • 5-7 years of experience in purchasing and inventory management, required; Preferably in medical device manufacturing.
  • Intermediate proficiency/knowledge in Microsoft Office included Excel, required.
  • MRP Systems experience, required. Preferable with Alliance and/or Great Plains.
  • APICs certification – Supply Chain Professional, preferred.
  • A combination of training, education and experience that is equivalent to the qualifications listed above and that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in the position. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Inogen is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally
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Inogen is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (972) 616-5668 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Other details

  • Job Family Buyer/Planner
  • Job Function Individual Contributor
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Employment Indicator Insider
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
  • Richardson, TX, USA