Production Planning Turners Falls, Massachusetts


Position at Judd Wire, Inc.




Judd Wire Inc., a Sumitomo Electric Group company, is looking for a Buyer in our Turners Falls, MA office.  This position is responsible for buying, planning and executing raw material purchases, using an MRP-based system.  Negotiating price and delivery from approved sources.  Analyzing usage trends, adjusting stock levels accordingly and informing suppliers of major planned purchase shifts.  Preparing and negotiating annual RFQs with critical suppliers, ensuring continuous and reliable material supply.

Pay: $45,000 - $67,000 (non-exempt/hourly)

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establish and participate in the approval process of raw material and supply sources; receive quotations and secure bids; make purchases while controlling price from approved suppliers.  Develop and negotiate plans for supplier price and supply agreements.     
  • Maintain and control adequate stock levels and current inventory status on all assigned items.  Ensure that purchases are appropriate to support current business levels and anticipated demand.
  • Utilize inventory analysis information on aged inventory, investigate possibilities for consumption and recommend action.  Execute plans to support the reduction and avoidance of slow-moving and obsolete inventory.
  • Coordinate purchasing with Sales, Production, Quality and Engineering, providing information which directly affects quoting and delivery of product.  Work with suppliers to source new or alternate materials that may improve product cost and/or performance.
  • Recommend and execute significant purchases of materials based on anticipated price changes, availability and lead times.
  • Responsible for procurement and sales transfers to parent company.  Perform export function utilizing appropriate sales and freight documents, working closely with freight forwarding contacts to meet parent company’s delivery expectations.
  • Act as backup to the Senior Buyers as necessary performing key functional duties in their absence.
  • Perform other similar duties and tasks as assigned



  • Associate's Degree and/or 1-3 years relevant purchasing/business experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree with focus in Business (preferred)
  • Experience in manufacturing environment a plus
  • Strong oral and written communications skills 
  • Strong interpersonal skills for effectively negotiating with internal and external resources
  • Excellent attention to detail including analytical thought processes
  • Ability to multitask in a fast pace environment with rapidly changing priorities
  • Data-driven decision and problem-solving skills
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, and MRP essential




  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • 401(k) with Employer Match
  • Life, AD&D and Disability
  • PTO and Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Overtime after 8 hours/day or more than 40 hours per week.



About Judd Wire, Inc.

Judd Wire, a Sumitomo Electric Group Company, is a high technology wire company, specializing in the use of electron beam crosslinked thermosets for wire insulation. By applying irradiation crosslinking technology to insulating materials, Judd Wire meets the needs of the wire and cable industry for economical, high-performance products. Judd Wire manufactures electronic wire and cable in over 100 styles recognized by Underwriters Laboratory, Canadian Standards and/or Military Specifications.

Judd Wire's two U.S. based factories are part of the Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. (SEI), the largest manufacturer of wire and cable in Japan that provides Judd Wire with access to their extensive network of research and product development facilities.


About Sumitomo Electric Group

Since the founding of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. in 1897 with copper wire production, we have developed many new technologies and products through innovative R&D activities based on Sumitomo Electric manufacturing technologies for electric wires and power cables.  With more than 350 subsidiaries worldwide, we continue to introduce a wide variety of products that fulfill the expectations of society, in five business fields: Automotive, Information & Communications, Electronics, Environment & Energy, and Industrial Materials.  We are a Fortune global 500 company. 


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