The Senior Buyer position is a key role reporting to the Manager of Supply Chain. The purpose of this position is to purchase materials and services to meet customer requirements.
Essential Job Functions (includes but is not limited to):
- Plans and procures manufacturing materials to meet customer specifications. Purchases all assigned commodities.
- Develops sources of supply for commodities (such as plastic card manufacturers, paper and printing specialties, computer equipment, service contracts, and software) by investigating suppliers through trade publications and industry shows/events.
- Evaluates capabilities of potential suppliers through source surveys and other methods to ensure product on-time delivery and quality standards are met. Works with internal and external quality assurance specialists to ensure suppliers meet requirements.
- Develops and maintains tracking system for products that support customer inventories at point of use locations.
- Negotiates long term pricing agreements with high volume suppliers of plastics, paper products, hardware integrators, etc.
- Investigates, reviews and recommends cost saving strategies that support company goals.
- Maintains purchase order database.
- Reconcile invoice discrepancies and administer supporting documentation.
- Provides material cost information in support of new business pricing proposals.
- Also performs similar work-related duties as assigned.
- Negotiate cost reductions toward Supply Chain annual objectives.
- Support the completion of various supplier contracts.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Proficiency with MRP tools, spreadsheet software, word processing, and database management PC skills.
Qualifications, Education and Experience:
BA/BS degree or 7 - 10 years’ experience as a buyer. Certification in purchasing management (NAPM) is a plus
Travel Requirement, Working Conditions and Physical Demands:
Travel requirement, such as:
- Must be able to travel occasional by air as needed to attend training, conferences, and related activities.
Working Conditions, such as:
- General office environment. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.
Physical Demands, such as:
- Office environment where the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. Some walking, standing, bending, reaching, and carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts; driving an automobile, etc. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, photocopier, telephone, and other office equipment.