About Beacon Athletics / AER-FLO Sports
Both Beacon and AFS are two start-up businesses with a long history of service. Both Beacon and AFS are a leading provider of products and services for people that design, build and maintain sports facilities. Beacon’s primary focus is baseball and softball facilities. AFS services all types of sporting arenas, both indoor and outdoor.

We are seeking to hire a hands-on Buyer/Planner. Reporting to the Supply Chain Manager, this role requires a qualified professional with a proven track record of planning, purchasing, and maintaining inventory levels in a manufacturing and distribution environment. We are a small, albeit growing business, therefore this role functions as a “player/coach”.

Position Overview
The Buyer/Planner establishes stocking requirements of parts and finished goods inventory based on sales projections; places purchase requisitions; assists with performing price negotiations with vendors; works with vendors and helps maintain a healthy relationship with each; expedites and facilitates communication and processes between purchasing, production, sales and accounting staff; reviews inventories to ensure optimal turnover rate and in-stock levels; assists with coordinating physical inventories; assists with bill of materials maintenance; assists with managing freight processes and performance; and participates in company strategic planning and execution as requested.

Inventory planning and administration: Perform future period planning of inventory needs. Collaboration with operations team to coordinate production efforts with purchasing. Analyze historical and projected sales levels to ensure proper inventory levels are maintained. Assess backorders, overstock, open box inventory and provide recommendations.

Purchasing: Work with vendors and supply sources. Manage the cost-effective procurement of materials, products, supplies, equipment, and services to maintain adequate inventory supplies for production schedules and sales estimates. Issue and monitor purchase orders and delivery dates.
Recordkeeping and system integrity: Ensure the integrity and functionality of inventory and manufacturing processes using an ERP/MRP system, inventory, and purchasing modules. Assist with finished sales item price increase changes. Provide support and technical expertise to all departments for inventory-related ERP system processes. Oversee daily inventory control processes to monitor and verify inventory accuracy through system reports and physical inventories.

General: Manage day-to-day relationships through effective personal communication and delegation to various areas within the organization when appropriate. Identify and implement improvements in inventory planning and purchasing processes and software. Other duties as assigned.

Travel: Our operational headquarters is in Lincoln, AL. This role will require frequent travel to Lincoln, AL.

Candidate Profile

  • Two (2) to five (5) years of experience in buying/planning in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience with and working understanding of manufacturing processes and Bills of Materials.
  • Highly organized and efficient. Have a strong personal sense of urgency and drive to consistently exceed expectations and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to clearly communicate ideas and information through excellent written and verbal communication both internally and externally.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize day to day responsibilities and services in an unpredictable, fast-paced environment. Works well independently. Project management training is a plus.
  • Demonstrate the ability to learn and navigate sophisticated ERP systems and perform advanced functions in Microsoft Office Applications. ERP/MRP system experience and planning software experience preferred.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze a problem for root causes and develop effective solutions.
  • Experience developing the required reporting and working with planning software. Able to provide examples of successful experiences in the purchasing and inventory planning function and process/systems improvements.
  • Strong leadership and team building skills. Ability to effectively guide and develop talent in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to view a situation from a customer perspective and make decisions that will provide a suitable result for both the customer and the business.

Our Commitment
Beacon Athletics / AER-FLO Sports strives to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment for all. We support a diverse customer base and believe in always doing good in our community. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristics as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off

Schedule: Monday to Friday

Supplemental pay types: Bonus opportunities

Ability to commute/relocate: Madison, WI: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person

To apply for this job email your details to chadm@beaconathletics.com