Purchasing Planner

Job Locations US-CA-San Diego
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/05/2023 14:53)
# of Openings
Job Function
Procurement and Supply Chain


About us:

Strategic Robotic Systems (SRS) is a small, dynamic engineering company that designs and manufactures sophisticated underwater robotic systems.  We are excited to be growing as a business and proud that our collaborative ethos has helped build systems which are world-leading in sectors including defence, scientific research, and commercial operations.  As part of General Oceans AS, we also enjoy being part of a global organization that has a passion for developing technologies that help keep our oceans healthy and secure. 

About the role:

This is a multi-faceted role that will require a highly organized individual who is adept at prioritization, enjoys interfacing with employees and customers alike, and thrives in a fast-paced environment. A can-do attitude and willingness to jump in and get things done is critical.  This job builds and maintains relationships with a wide variety of service vendors for our office and products to ensure our customers receive the highest quality service and response times.  This is a highly collaborative position, requiring coordination across all aspects of the business with specific responsibility to ensure all production related tasks are completed accurately and in a timely manner. This includes but not limited to providing support for operations, customer service, sales, and marketing.


Job Responsibilities:


  • Purchasing of all components required for equipment to be built, monitoring of open purchase orders including recommending solutions, resources and alternative supply options.
  • Working with suppliers on blanket purchase orders and delivery schedule of long lead items, this can entail deliveries for 12 months out.
  • Understanding of materials used and working with suppliers to ensure their processes meet with quality requirements examples include anodizing and other material finishes.
  • Work with Quality team to ensure suppliers workmanship and documentation meets required standards.
  • Manage and resolve issues regarding PO to invoice discrepancies, returns and quality problems with suppliers.
  • Track and analyse inventory stock levels, working within excel to ensure parts are received to meet delivery timelines.
  • Co-ordinate component flow throughout production/BOM changes, obsolescence, and the introduction of new materials due to product development.
  • Participate in Engineering Change notes to ensure accuracy of inventory.
  • Support Production with planning and inventory requirements.
  • Attend daily meetings to keep production updated on supply chain issues.
  • Source components for R&D projects.
  • Provide back up support for other functions including shipping, receiving or other duties as assigned.




What’s in it for me?

In addition to a competitive base salary, you will be part of something meaningful and will have the opportunity to make tangible impact from day one.  You will be part of a highly engaged team and growing company who simply love what they do – and believe that diverse and inclusive teams yield the best results.  You will have the opportunity to grow with our company, taking on additional responsibilities as appropriate, including the possibility of managing future staff members. 

What we are looking for in you:

We are looking for a driven and ambitious individual with leadership qualities to join our growing team, with a proven track record of effectively collaborating across culturally diverse teams and who demonstrates traits that include curiosity, critical thinking, ability to prioritize through ambiguity and an enthusiasm for change.

  • A Bachelor’s degree and administrative work experience is required.
  • Experience in manufacturing and inventory management.
  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience is preferred.
  • Experience with ISO9001 or other quality management system.
  • Must be technically proficient using Microsoft Office Suite products and strong QuickBooks background and in-depth inventory knowledge, along with bills of material.
  • Excellent excel skills and strong analytical and problem-solving skills, ability to collect, organize and disseminate data, and provide recommendations.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, across a broad set of stakeholders, with proven ability to build professional relationships through mutual trust, transparency, and empathy.
  • Proven track record of working effectively and multi-tasking in a fast paced, results oriented, and dynamic environment; bringing robust attention to detail with exceptional organizational skills to ensure deadlines are tracked and met, communication responsiveness is timely, and stakeholders are coordinated.


This is a full-time position based on-site in our San Diego, CA facility, some travel, both domestic and international, may be required to support customer related activities.  Candidate must be eligible to work in the United States, U.S. Citizenship is preferred due to the nature of our work.



Pay range: $53,000-$57,000


  • Health Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • 401K
  • 401K Employer Matching



Salary is commensurate with experience. Room for growth and opportunity.

This is your chance to play a key role in the continued success of our company.

For more information about our company, please visit our website.




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