Purchasing/Buyer

Overview:
Responsible for activities related to Supply Chain Management in relation to the purchasing and scheduling of products, materials, supplies and services required. Maintain accurate purchase order and schedule information. Demonstrate accountability for the highest quality products at the most affordable price available. Prioritize tasks through the use of time management skills.

Interpret purchasing procedures for departments and suppliers as a specialist; requiring a degree of technical knowledge. This position requires the use of independent judgment.

Principal Accountabilities:
• Purchasing and scheduling of all direct and indirect materials and services throughout the facility.
• Correspond with suppliers; providing information required.
• Drive procurement process improvements.
• Quote materials used in plant.
• Analyze proposals to select the best quality products at the most affordable prices.
• Follow-up on back orders; expediting as needed.
• Monitor materials ordered on a regular basis to determine proper inventory levels based on usage, production schedule and supplier lead time.
• Responsible for maintaining data integrity of parts database including pricing and part number changes.
• Verify accuracy of company documents.
• Maintain office and work place organization.

Qualifications:
• Minimum high school diploma or equivalent. Prefer college degree.
• 3 years experience in purchasing/contracts.
• MRP experience required.
• Knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices and procedures.
• Ability to negotiate pricing and perform complex comparative price and cost analyses.
• Able to work with limited supervision.
• Must have a strong sense of urgency.
• Develop procurement process improvements to ensure future long term success.
• Experience with Microsoft office suite.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
• Valid driver’s license.
• Must be able to follow company Code of Conduct and abide by company compliance policies.
• Take an active part in Kaizen activities and the continuous improvement plan.
Working Conditions:
Work area is normally heat/air-conditioned in an office-type environment, with some time spent in a shop floor environment. Hard-hat, safety glasses, earplugs, steel-toed boots are required on production floor. This positon represents the Company 24 hours a day 7 days a week for circumstances of business necessity, emergency, violation of company policy, federal or state regulations, etc.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to talk or hear. The associate frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The associate is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job.

Language Skills:

Ability to read, analyzes, and interprets general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups or managers, clients, customers and the general public.