Strategic Purchasing Specialist


Jessup, MD

Industry: Manufacturing


Not Specified years

Posted 2 days ago

As part of the TQE team, the Strategic Buyer will be responsible for, but not limited to; pro-actively developing, qualifying and managing key suppliers critical to the success of TQE business growth, leading supply chain efforts for new product introduction of modules, sub-assemblies and components. The location of the position is in Jessup, MD.

Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Key supplier purchasing
  • Support and/or lead supplier agreements including blanket order coverage with key suppliers.
  • Cost reduction by negotiating pricing, delivery terms with suppliers
  • Focus on supply chain KPIs / metrics
  • Participate and/or lead new supplier selection process
  • Generate daily/weekly/monthly reports to support production planning and management
  • Mentor purchasing team members, as necessary
  • Identify and implement continuous improvement opportunities in the supply chain process
  • Ensure 100% data accuracy of purchasing in AX
  • Provide other purchasing support, as necessary


  • Minimum 5 year of purchasing experience in a similar position preferred.


  • BS/BA, (Supply Chain Management preferred).
  • Minimum of High School Diploma or GED.

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong sense of ownership
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills and MRP data bases
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Strong ability to work well in a group atmosphere and comply with high quality standards.
  • Strong ability to shift from one task to another to address changing priorities.

Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.