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Buyer Planner Job

Job Classification:  Onsite

We Light the Way!


Acuity Brands (NYSE: AYI) is transforming the lighting industry. We take pride in our 12,000 employees, and they take pride in working with the best in the industry.  Join a team committed to lighting the way to a more brilliant, connected, and productive world.  Individually we are talented, but together we are unstoppable.  

About this Location

Des Plaines, Illinois is a city of the suburb of Chicago and is located just north of the O'Hare International Airport.  It is situated on and is named after the Des Plaines River, which runs through the city just east of its downtown area.  Des Plaines is home of Oakton Community College, Rivers Casino, Big Bend Lake, Lake Opeka and the Des Plaines History Center.  Other facts of interest about the city is that it was the first site of Ray Kroc's first McDonald's franchise, which opened in 1955, and the majority of the hit 1985 film, The Breakfast Club, was filmed at the now-defunct Main North High School located in unincorporated Des Plaines.

About this Team

The team at the Midwest Regional Distribution Center in Des Plaines, Illinois is made up of diverse, highly talented individuals who continuously strive for improvements.  With our strategic position close to Chicago, MWDC continues to be a close driving force behind Acuity Brands' success.

How you will contribute:

This postiion will have responsibility for material replenishment and managment.  This role will ensure material availability (using optimum inventory based on Kanban) to enable on time assembly and delivery to the customer.  This position will work closely with the cell leader on the floor managing the scheduling boards and Kanban boards to ensure accurate data to the cells regarding customer demand.


Essential Dutes and Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist Sr. Buyer and Operations Specialist in all facets of supply chain.
  • Verify inventory.  Periodically perform cycle counts on the manufacturing floor.
  • Perform many of the tactcal procurement duties in the Purchasing department.
  • Procure and expedite goods and service per the current "Terms and Conditions" with the assurance of maximum quality, minimum cost and timely delivery.
  • Collaborates with other functional areas such as receiving, shipping, staging and engineering to assure no product process bottlenecks. 
  • Daily interaction with suppliers to ensure open commitment report is received and responded to by the supply base.
  • Maintenance and follow up on specified Purchase Orders (PO's) within the supervision provided.
  • Notify appropriate parties of any critical changes - planning/production/receiving.
  • Coordinate with Receiving and following up on the delivery, and the expediting to production of material shipments.
  • Maintain product and supplier information for the site's raw materials.
  • Continually review/update the site's raw material lead times, reorder points and eoq's.
  • Request, track and communicate results of material received and utilized in production.
  • Review and respond to all productivity request within 24 hours, coordinating with AP/QC/Shipping/Receiving/Supplier.
  • Execute projects or perform other duties as required.


Qualified Applicants will have:

  • 3 to 6 years of experience.
  • Knowledge of Lean, thorough knowledge of Kanban principles, product component knowledge and assembly processes.  Ability to work collaboratively with hourly personnel.  The abilty to develop and train cell leaders to manager a team-oriented production group.  High school math, well developed verbal and written communication skills, proficient in Excel as a tool for data analysis, ability to problem solve and the ability to multi-task are required.
  • Excellent writtena and verbal communication skills.
  • Microsoft Office skills, Excel Intermediate or above, Power Point helpful.
  • Prefer college degree in business administration.
  • Able to interpret and learn to review negotiated contracts and engineering doucments.
  • Strong reasoning capabilities.  Understand profitable transactions.
  • Understanding of MRP System and the effect it has on inventories and purchases.

Travel Requirements

  • 1-20%

Physical Requirements

  • Medium work


We invite you to apply today to join us as We Light the Way to a Brilliant, Productive, and Connected World!


Please utilize the internal career site to apply if you are a current employee at Acuity Brands. 


We value diversity and are an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regards to race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ethnicity or national origin, disability, pregnancy, religion, covered veteran status, protected genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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Accommodation for Applicants with Disabilities:  As an equal opportunity employer, Acuity Brands is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in its application process for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans. If you have difficulty using our online system due to a disability and need an accommodation, you may contact us at (770) 922-9000.  Please clearly indicate what type of accommodation you are requesting and for what requisition. 


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Req ID:  2805

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

Job Segment: Procurement, Engineer, Purchasing, Database, Supply, Operations, Engineering, Finance, Technology

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