Senior Buyer/Planner

Location: Ottawa, Ontario Canada

A little bit about the role:

We’re searching for a Senior Buyer/Planner to join ORBCOMM as a part of our Manufacturing team. Working with several different teams in the Ottawa office, this role will be focused on providing support on a broad range of responsibilities.


  • Prepare and execute quotes with vendors and expedite Purchase Orders
  • Work closely with our contract manufacturers and vendors to source hard to find materials
  • Responsible for Purchase Price Variance approvals and analysis based on Contract Manufacturers requests
  • Work closely with our planning/engineering team to support material requirements for New Product Introduction
  • Responsible for portfolio inventory, supply risks and PPV to generate the best financial outcome and product availability
  • Ensure that all portfolio material has arrived on specified dates (vendor follow-up on past due)
  • Resolve and document purchase order discrepancies such as non-conformances, shortages, or price discrepancies with suppliers
  • Participate in researching and negotiating commodity purchases. Compile price data from various suppliers and prepare purchase documents
  • Analyze usage history of inventory stock items and market conditions. Suggest changes to the commodity purchase plan and safety stock level
  • Participate in regular materials meetings
  • Ensure purchase transactions are carried out in a timely manner
  • Plan part replenishment based on min/max levels


  • Your worldwide contacts for material acquisition will allow you to be successful in this highly demanding role
  • You are conscientious, well organized, and meet deadlines
  • You coordinate well between departments
  • You take initiative
  • You think logically and systematically
  • Ability to influence and lead without direct authority
  • Customer-focused and continually seeks to understand customer needs, concerns and priorities and to meet/exceed customer expectations and requirements
  • Strong project management and analytical skills
  • Strong attention to detail is critical in this role


  • 8-10 years manufacturing experience purchasing/planning in a high-tech environment
  • Certified in Production and Inventory Management or a diploma in Business, Supply Chain & Operations management
  • Knowledge of manufacturing change control including experience with Agile
  • Proficient in ERP systems (JD Edwards) and supplier management
  • Ability to work independently, exercise judgment and take initiative in dealing with a variety of duties and responsibilities
  • Ability to influence change

At ORBCOMM we hire for fit. We look for candidates that are serious about their careers and hold the same level of enthusiasm for building a world class company that we do.

A little bit about us:

ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC) is a leading global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication solutions and operates the only commercial satellite network dedicated to M2M. ORBCOMM’s unique combination of global satellite, cellular and dual-mode network connectivity, hardware, web reporting applications and software is the M2M industry’s most complete service offering. Our solutions are designed to remotely track, monitor, and control fixed and mobile assets in core vertical markets including transportation and distribution, heavy equipment, industrial fixed assets, oil and gas, maritime and government.

We are the largest satellite M2M player in the world; The industry standard for satellite M2M communications; The most versatile single source for satellite, cellular and dual-mode offerings; The innovative leader in M2M technologies; The M2M industry’s largest, most diverse technical team.

With nearly 20 years of innovation and expertise in M2M, ORBCOMM has more than 1.2 million subscribers with a diverse customer base including premier OEMs such as Caterpillar Inc., Doosan Infracore America, Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., John Deere, Komatsu Ltd., and Volvo Construction Equipment, as well as end-to-end solutions customers such as Walmart, C&S Wholesale, Canadian National Railways, CR England, Hub Group, J.B. Hunt, Marten Transport, Swift Transportation, Target, Tropicana, and Tyson Foods. For more information, visit www.orbcomm.com.


At ORBCOMM, we believe that our people are our strength. Our success stems from our ability to attract and retain the best people who deliver a high level of performance and skill.

If you are looking for a significant career opportunity and the chance to work for an established, successful and high growth company, ORBCOMM is the ideal place for you. Apply today via email to HRott@orbcomm.com.

We are committed to employment equity. ORBCOMM would like to thank all applicants in advance and advise them that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

ORBCOMM welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Important Notice
Due to the large number of resumes we receive, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No recruiting agency submissions can be accepted. ORBCOMM is committed to employment equity as we support a diverse workforce. Your privacy is important to us when applying to positions at ORBCOMM. We will take the steps necessary to ensure your candidacy is kept confidential.

How to Apply: hrott@orbcomm.com