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NPI Buyer/Planner

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Deka Research & Development Corporation

Manchester, NH

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DEKA Research & Development (DEKA) has a rich heritage of developing and manufacturing world-changing ideas, with a strong focus on medical products. The emphasis of our operations is on research and development as well as production for our products. DEKA is recruiting for a very specific position – NPI Buyer/Planner - to support our Project Teams by taking responsibility for demand management, material planning and purchasing during the new product introduction (NPI) process.  This role will report to the Supply Chain Management team, but will directly support multiple project teams in the execution of their concept and development phases, while laying the groundwork for long term production.


Working in concert with the project teams, integrate and execute best-in-class supplier engagement processes to support project deliverables such as on time to market, cost, quality, innovation and risk management
Ensure decisions made in support of project teams meet the goals and deliverables of the supply chain management team whenever feasible
In conjunction with project engineers and supply chain management sourcing team, ensure timely and effective supplier selection
Establish early supplier engagement to influence DFx activities throughout the development process with the goal to provide best value through the optimization of innovation, quality, manufacturability and cost
Primary interface with suppliers for a given project to include price negotiation, schedule management and issue escalation
Maintain a tracking sheet and plan/buy material associated with concept and development builds, placing POs as needed and expediting part deliveries whenever needed to meet build schedules
Regularly communicate all exceptions which may affect build plans such as material not on order, late deliveries, supplier quality problems, BOM or drawing issues, etc., and escalate issues with suppliers and within DEKA as needed
Ensure consistent communication with the supply chain team so that they are informed of the project status and able to effectively support the needs of the project
Provide support in the tooling sourcing process and purchase/track as required
Act as the conduit between project teams and supply chain management in make vs buy assessments
Work closely with the supply chain team to ensure suppliers chosen for a given project are in alignment with the overall supply chain strategy
Along with the project manufacturing engineers work to maintain BOM integrity first in spreadsheets and then in the PLM system throughout the development process, and take the lead in maintaining an updated costed BOM
In concert with the supply chain team, cleanly transfer the BOM into the ERP system and ensure all required part and demand information is accurate prior to production
Drive process excellence and continuous improvement in our sourcing and purchasing activities through the establishment of standard work and documented processes


Bachelor’s Degree or related experience
5 years of experience working as a buyer in an R&D or manufacturing environment
Experience with a medical device company and ISO 13458:2016 and FDA 21 CFR Part 820 is a plus
3 years of engaging with new product development is preferred
Strong working knowledge of ERP and PLM systems functionality
Proven ability to deliver results and operate strategically while understanding tactical implications of decisions
A demonstrable ability to work with cross-functional teams comprised of members within and outside of DEKA
Strong organizational and project management skills
Microsoft Office proficiency

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Dean Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for science and technology. His roles as inventor and advocate are intertwined—his own passion for technology and its practical uses has driven his personal determination to spread the word about technology's virtues and by so doing to change the culture of the United States. As an inventor, he holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. While still a college undergraduate, he invented the first wearable infusion pump, which rapidly gained acceptance from such diverse medical specialties as chemotherapy, neonatology, and endocrinology. In 1976, he founded his first medical device company, AutoSyringe, Inc., to manufacture and market the pumps. At age 30, he sold that company to Baxter Healthcare Corporation. By then, he had added a number of other infusion devices, including the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics. Following the sale of AutoSyringe, Inc., he founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation to develop internally generated inventions as well as to provide research and development for major corporate clients. Kamen led DEKA's development of the HomeChoice™ peritoneal dialysis system for Baxter International Inc. The HomeChoice™ system allows patients to be dialyzed in the privacy and comfort of their home and quickly became the worldwide market leader. Kamen also led the development of technology to improve slide preparation for the CYTYC (now Hologic Inc.) ThinPrep® Pap Test. Kamen-led DEKA teams have also developed critical components of the UVAR™ XTS™ System, an extracorporeal photophereisis device marketed by Therakos, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, for treatment of T-Cell lymphoma. An advanced prosthetic arm in development for DARPA should advance the quality of life for returning injured soldiers. Other notable developments include the Hydroflex™ surgical irrigation pump for C.R. Bard, the Crown™ stent, an improvement to the original Palmaz-Schatz stent, for Johnson & Johnson, the iBOT™ mobility device, and the Segway® Human Transporter.

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