We're always looking for talented and creative individuals to join the PLP team. Below is a list of our current opportunities. Please apply as indicated below. 

PLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.

 


PLP - ALBEMARLE, NORTH CAROLINA

JUNIOR BUYER

Department: Manufacturing

We are seeking a motivated Junior Buyer to procure necessary raw materials and MRO items at optimal cost and at the highest level of quality to meet the production planning needs of the PLP Albemarle manufacturing facility. The Junior Buyer works with a high sense of urgency and possesses the ability to solve cross-functional problems to meet the needs of both internal and external customers. This role must evaluate demand, forecast company needs, and ensure that purchases are made in a timely and effective manner. Clear communication with manufacturing personnel and supervisors on material status and production planning issues is required.

This role must identify opportunities with suppliers for volume efficiencies, pricing opportunities and service enhancements to ensure our competitive position in the marketplace. Maintains integrity of materials database by ensuring accuracy of data.  

 

Job duties and responsibilities:

Procurement

  • Quoting (NPR’s, etc.), negotiating and purchasing of raw materials, MRO items, equipment, services and supplies from external suppliers and outside supplier operations
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of each quote/supplier, based on price, quality, speed of delivery, terms of conditions (T&C’s) and other factors

  •  Update internal databases with order details (dates, lot sizes, safety stocks, suppliers, MOQ, discounts, etc.)

  • Monitor inventory levels of materials calculated and not calculated in IFS (visual inventory levels) and replenish as needed
  • Identify and analyze opportunities to competitively bid local spend to achieve the lowest total-cost-of-ownership

  • Support and sustain Materials Lean Conversion by implementing Kanban, Stocking Agreements, just-in-time, postponement, and other materials strategies to reduce inventory while improving delivery to our customer


    Cost Savings
  • Support cost savings initiatives and assist in the identification and execution of strategies


    Procurement Communication

  • Provide first line of communication with assigned suppliers and internal stakeholders including, AMRB’s, late items, etc. 

  • Work with requestors to understand requirements, specifications, and timing. 

  • Excellent communication and ability to work cohesively and collaboratively across all internal departments including Shipping and Receiving, Operations, Production Control, Customer Service, Senior Management, as well as with PLP’s external supplier partners to meet customer expectations

  • Coordinates product engineering change orders and communicates changes internally and with supplier

  • Communicates with suppliers on monthly ratings, and any supplier issues that arise on daily basis

    Supplier Performance
  • Responsible for managing all areas of supplier performance (setting expectations, issue resolution, development, continuous improvement, etc.)

  • Confirm and Track orders and ensure timely delivery. Follow up with suppliers, as needed

  • Set up and develop any new suppliers to how PLP does business (Supplier on-boarding, supplier qualifications SQ’s, credit applications, etc.)

Sourcing Suppliers 

  • Source/Research new suppliers (minimal) when necessary and manage existing supplier base
  • Works predominantly with routine, low maintenance, proven suppliers/ Entry level negotiation skills

Issue Resolution 

  • Research and resolve QA discrepant receipts from MRB reports and manages documentation for return of discrepant material 
  • Assist in determining root cause analysis for supplier performance issues, drive corrective actions and seek resolutions
  • Expedites operations that delay schedules, cause stockouts and alters schedules to meet unforeseen conditions. 
  • Identify and assist in the resolution of new product design specification issues and create change orders when required. 
  • Resolve accounts payable discrepancies.

Supply Chain Optimization 

  • Support supply chain practices that reduce total supply chain costs, reduce lead times, and maximize customer service levels

Continuous Improvement 

  • Provide recommendations for continuous improvement initiatives for locally sourced materials and services
  • Assures proper, systemic data is correct in the IFS operating system, SDS -Safety Data Sheets

Reporting & Analytics 

  • Review reports to monitor spend, PPV, identify pricing trends and prepare cost analysis
  • Monitor supplier performance activities through OTD, Late and MRB reports
  • Expedite orders through stockout reports

Risk Management 

  • Identify risks and reduce risks associated with materials and services within the supply chain/Risk Assessments.

Contract Management 

  • Execute negotiated contract and carry out lifecycle 

Corporate and Global Alignment 

  • Support global initiatives and corporate cost savings strategies. (ROHS, REACH, Conflict Minerals, Supplier diversity, etc.)

 

Required Qualifications:

• Education: minimum of Associates Degree, or Bachelors Degree in Supply Chain, Business, or other related degree is preferred.

• 1-2 years of experience in Procurement or Supply Chain and/or willing to attend career enhancement training courses.

• Superior customer service and adaptability to changing priorities and short time constraints. 

• Strong problem-solving skills; Requires a high degree of independent thinking, judgment, and action. Ability to use the information gathered to make decisions on behalf of the company. 

• Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal, organizational skills, and strong attention to detail. 

• Show strong work ethic necessary for leading by example and will always be well-presented. 

• Experience with lean manufacturing principles and tools (Kaizens, improvement workshops, etc.), and continuous improvement techniques

•  Self-starter who seeks out ways to improve processes and drive standard work 

• Ability to be effective in a fast paced, metric driven environment 

• Preferred Experience working with ERP types of systems (IFS systems particularly). Solid understanding of materials flow and inventory signals (MRP, Kanban, Min/Max) 

• Second language a plus


Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Must possess mobility to work in a standard plant and office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer, stamina to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions, strength to lift and carry objects weighing up to 40 pounds; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.

 

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PLP - CLEVELAND, OHIO

PRODUCT SUPPORT ENGINEER – UTILITY FIBER MARKET

Department: Marketing

We are seeking a Product Support Engineer who will be responsible for matters related to new product development and technical support for new and existing product lines, both domestically and world-wide.  

 

Job duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support to customers, sales network, customer service personnel and international subsidiaries. 

  • Initiate new project requests.

  • Work with sales network and end users to investigate material usage and industry pricing to enhance the success of new product development. 

  • Monitor progress on new product development, and work with Engineers on existing products to make changes necessary to meet changing requirements of customer or industry standards.

  • Work with engineering to write and release industry focused seminar papers based on laboratory and field research

  • Analyze and resolve product malfunctions and complaints.

  • Visit customer locations to provide product training.
  • Travel when required with sales network personnel in support of sales efforts and to identify new opportunities.

  • Able to travel 25% of the time.

  • Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering

  • Prior work experience including 1-5 years of previous experience or positions with technical and customer service experience desired. 

  • Good verbal and written skills as the position deals with both internal employees and customers. 

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PLP - CLEVELAND, OHIO
PAYROLL SUPERVISOR

Department: Finance

We are seeking a Payroll Supervisor who will be responsible for the input and output of the bi-weekly payroll through ADP for multiple locations. This role will verify accuracy of employee payroll information in ADP system, reconcile the hourly wage garnishments and medical deductions, and will be the backup for processing Officers and Salary payroll.

Job duties and responsibilities: 

  • Coordinates wireless communications activities including maintaining billing records, ordering new phones and/or accessories, activating and setting up PDA phones, troubleshooting problems and maintaining inventory. Maintains cell phone number contract records.

  • Reviews and ensures that the payroll is accurately prepared and reflects relative changes for current pay-period.

  • Administers bi-weekly preparation of hours input through each plant location and inputs part time salary hours, reviews and inputs Rogers, Arkansas A&S sick hours.

  • Sets up employee banking information for direct deposit of their pay.

  • Processes all required and voluntary withholdings/deductions (401k, United Way, 401K Loans, Medical, Vision, Dental, Life, LTD, HSA, HSA match, Flex, Dependent care, Uniforms, Child Support, Garnishments, etc.) for payment.

  • Prepares bi-weekly payroll deposits for net payroll, tax and wage attachments, flexible spending and HSA payments for PLP.

  • Sends bi-weekly 401K deferrals and loans to Fidelity.

  • Works with ADP client representative to resolve any payroll discrepancies or issues.

  • Reconciles the wage garnishments and medical deductions for hourly employees.

  • Files Change in status forms, tax withholding forms, timesheets and all corresponding documents.

  • Works with all locations and HR to resolve any issues.

  • Runs reports in ADP for monthly 401k and Profit-Sharing reports; coordinates distribution to other functions including HR, Finance and Treasury.

  • Candidate will be the backup person for processing salary and officer’s payroll.

  • Process and monitor garnishments and child support orders

  • Verifies and approves self service payroll transactions. 

  • Process monthly medical billings for employees on a leave/layoff and retirees.

  • Maintains bi-weekly payroll files and records.

  • Distributes bi-weekly pay checks.

Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Associates degree in Business/Accounting preferred or a combination of a high school diploma and significant Payroll Processing experience.

  • 7-10 years of experience performing Payroll Processing with ADP payroll systems. Payroll tax knowledge required.
  • Requires proficiency with personal computer applications including Excel, Word, and Outlook. Sharepoint experience a plus

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PLP - CLEVELAND, OHIO
CORPORATE ACCOUNTANT

Department: Finance

The Accountant will provide general accounting duties for both PLP-USA and Corporate activities including general ledger and treasury accounting as well as assistance with the income tax provision and IRS filings processes. This role will also assist on special projects as needed including system upgrades and implementations. 

Job duties and responsibilities: 

  • General ledger accounting for PLP-USA and the Corporate Accounting Ledger inclusive of:

    – Daily account activity review
    – General ledger posting
    – Performing account reconciliations
    – Assistance with CIP and expenditure requests

  •  Drive improvements in processes, procedures and internal controls which ensure a highly accurate, efficient, and robust reporting function

  • Provide assistance to the Tax Manager for quarterly and annual income tax provision process as well as the annual income tax compliance process including but not limited to the preparation of IRS Form 1120 and various state and local income tax returns

  • Sales/Use Tax Returns

    – Prepare, submit, approve returns
    – Prepare general ledger account reconciliations

  • Coordinate the preparation of IRS 1099 Forms
    – Review vendors for updates
    – Prepare, mail and file

  • Provide assistance to the Treasury Function, including but not limited to:
    – Coordination of various risk management insurance activities including but not limited to coordination of certificates of insurance and compilation of risk exposure
    – Obtaining all bank statements during the monthly financial statement close process
    – Secondary assistance for:
          • Sending ACH files
          • Setting up and executing wire payments
          • Request for check copies and check status
          • Following up on voids

  • Assist with technical accounting research around areas such as revenue recognition, income taxes, pension accounting and share-based compensation

  • Special projects and ad-hoc inquires and analysis as necessary, including assistance with system upgrades and migrations

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PLP - CLEVELAND, OHIO

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Department: Research and Engineering

We are seeking a Laboratory Technician who will be responsible for conducting and documenting laboratory tests.  

 

Job duties and responsibilities: 

  • Conducts mechanical, electrical, fiber optic, environmental, and vibration testing according to PLP ISO procedures

  • Maintains neat and detailed logs of testing data

  • Assists with demonstrations for visitors

  • Assembles product samples for Sales, Marketing and International Departments

  • Performs test gauge calibration

  • Does minor machining, such as drilling and cutting of material

  • Performs required preventative maintenance and minor repairs on test equipment. Reports broken or faulty tools to Laboratory Supervisor

Requirements: 

  • Must have High School degree, continued education preferably in an Engineering Technology field

  • Able to operate test equipment.

  • Able to take accurate measurements

  • Able to document logs and write test reports

  • Ability to set up and conduct testing

  • Able to lift, lower, and carry up to 50 lbs. and able to push or pull with at least 50 lbs. force.

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