Vista Outdoor Buyer/Planner in Lewiston, Idaho

Join our talented team. Employees at Vista Outdoor are passionate and committed to delivering quality products to our customers. Our culture centers on an engaged and accountable workforce. Our goal is to attract and retain a diverse workforce: rich in talent, background, ideas and experience.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Vista Outdoor is seeking a Buyer/Planner who will be responsible for Production Planning, Production Control, RAW material purchasing and Vendor management in order to support Federal Premium Ammunitions goal of 95% on time delivery to customer due date and other KPI’s.

Essential Functions:

  • Formulate Master Productions Schedules and component schedules/requirements based upon the production plan which takes the following into consideration: capacity constraints, understanding bottlenecks, all lead times, raw material availability, equipment and staffing.

  • Establish, review, and publish detailed production schedules. Work with operations teams on executing the plan to ensure customer commitments are met.

  • Work with Sales Forecasting and customer service to assure that the production plan/finished goods inventory support the sales forecast and open orders at the specified levels of service as part of the SOP.

  • Work order maintenance to ensure the actual ATP can be communicated to the customer and schedules to the plant floor.

  • Attend production tier meetings, quality meetings, new product meetings and others.

  • Manage raw material purchasing activities to ensure supply meets MRP “planned order” requirements to support internal manufacturing, and secure on-time delivery of raw materials through an organized purchasing process.

  • Hold vendors accountable for on time and quality delivery, and partner with Sourcing Team, quality and engineering to evaluate and continuously improve vendor performance.

  • Identify and manage the risks associated with inventory levels needed to meet inventory KPI’s so that Operations and Distribution activities can meet Operational Excellence goals.

  • Identify and ensure disconnects such as anticipated material shortages, non-conforming material, excess or obsolete materials are continuously monitored and resolved.

  • Prepare long term (6 to 12 month) purchase projections for suppliers.

  • Work with VPM on continuous improvement projects as it pertains to planning and purchasing.

  • Work with new products on introduction of new SKU’s.

  • Work on ERP data updates in the system to ensure proper planning and purchasing can and will take place.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelors’ degree preferred or 2 –3 years of experience in lieu of degree.

  • CPIM certification desired

  • Solid working knowledge of ERP systems, MRP, Production control, Inventory control, etc.

  • Lean manufacturing process experience

  • Advanced skills in the use of Excel, word, outlook, Power point and ERP systems.

  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with and communicate to large groups.

  • Strong analytical, problem solving skills and an effective team member.

  • Able to meet deadlines, adapt to rapidly changing priorities and able to handle multiple tasks.

  • Background in purchasing and vendor management.


  • Physical Requirements:

  • Required to sit or stand and move about the facility and do so for up to 10 hours per shift.

  • Extensive computer work requiring typing and mouse usage. Equipment Used:

  • Computer, calculator, printers, multi-line phones and mobile phones Working Environment:

  • Combination of office, manufacturing and plant environment Travel Requirements:

  • 0 to 25% of the time

We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including: medical and dental, vision, disability and life insurance, 401K, PTO, tuition reimbursement, and the ability to add value to an exciting mission!

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veteran/Disabled

Vista Outdoor is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered for employment without regard race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and any other characteristics protected by law. The EEO Law poster is available here:

If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to . Please note that this email address is for accommodation purposes only. Vista Outdoor will not respond to inquiries for other purposes.