Buyer - Planner

Our Company

Pallet is a Social Purpose Corporation, striving to improve people's lives while also being a successful company. We manufacture innovative shelter systems that are used in disaster relief, homeless transitional housing and temporary worker housing. We prevent and reduce homelessness, both through the high-quality products we build and the invaluable people who build them. We are second-chance friendly; hiring and investing in people actively engaged in recovery and reintegration.

Position Overview

This full-time position is based out of the head office in Everett, WA and reports to the Head Engineer. The Buyer Planner is a subject matter expert in materials planning and is responsible for managing all aspects of purchasing components from suppliers in order to assure timely delivery of parts to support production needs. In addition, they are the communication and logistical link between Value Streams, Supervisors, Marketing, Master Scheduling, Engineering, Production and Purchasing.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a quickly growing company at the ground level and be a part of promoting a truly unique product that makes a positive difference in the lives of many people.


  • Perform material requirements planning through high interaction/coordination with manufacturing personnel and external suppliers to support the company’s production goals and timelines

  • Communicate priorities and schedule changes daily to all involved parties to support changes in production requirements

  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with suppliers; Communicate common supplier problems with Leadership, Procurement Specialists and other Buyers

  • Share best practices across the group

  • Own and drive an inventory action plan to maintain proper inventory levels and achieve turns goals of key production components

  • Train and facilitate the upgrade to a pull-based replenishment system (Kanban) to improve inventory turns and eliminate part shortages

  • Monitor supplier orders to assure they are shipped on a timely basis to support the Value Stream

  • Improve supplier fill rates, quality, and lead times to fit product mix and needs

  • Use Kaizen to continuously improve lead-times, smooth material flow and improve organizational efficiency

  • Obtain quotes from suppliers for production material and Outside Processing operations

  • Negotiate blanket purchase orders and pursues cost reduction initiatives that eliminate adverse Purchase Price Index (PPI)

  • Interact with sourcing teams to ensure best practices and greatest leverage in procurement, low cost region sourcing, supplier assessment & management

  • Publish daily shortage report to communicate current delivery information from suppliers

  • Resolve invoice discrepancies on a timely basis

  • Manage supplier quality through the Non-Conforming Report (NCR) Process; Minimize production impact by ensuring discrepant materials are addressed with Manufacturing Engineering, Procurement Quality, Supervisors and Suppliers

  • Work closely with suppliers and Procurement Quality Engineers to resolve Corrective Action Requests (CARs) generated from NCRs

  • Obtain Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA), and processes return transactions in database; Follow Debit Memo process for supplier rework of discrepant materials

  • Any other task assigned by supervisor or management


  • Experience: A proven record of at least 5 years relevant experience in a buyer/planner role

  • Knowledge: In-depth knowledge of the manufacturing process used in the operating unit of assignment; Working knowledge of buying, and ordering procedures; Working knowledge of production planning, material requirements planning and Kanban systems; Working knowledge of computer systems that support production, e.g., inventory control, purchasing, production scheduling and Materials Requirement Planning (MRP). APICS certification preferred.

  • Skills/Abilities: Requires well-developed skill in communicating with others. Proficiency in Excel and Word and ability to work with Access databases; Ability to coordinate materials and production schedules with multiple teams, solve urgent problems associated with the manufacture of products and document and communicate production outcomes and trends; Ability to perform math and logic computations requiring sequencing of times, critical incidents, and numeric information; Ability to negotiate changes with vendors and manufacturing teams

  • Ability to take and pass a pre-employment drug test and willingness to submit to regular randomized drug tests

Personal Characteristics

  • You are thoroughly committed to Pallet’s mission

  • You are humble, willing to admit your shortcomings and are teachable

  • You are hungry, always wanting to learn more and put in the extra effort to achieve the goals

  • You are people smart, knowing how to work effectively with diverse groups of people and personalities

  • You are honest, transparent and show integrity in your words and actions


To apply please fill out the online application at:


People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, those with disabilities, those with working class backgrounds,
and those with criminal justice involvement or personal connection to incarceration are strongly encouraged to apply.