Job Description


The Buyer works in a product design and manufacturing environment and is a member of the Business Operations Support Team, providing support to Engineering, Program Management, Quality Management and Production.  As a Buyer, you will be responsible for a range of strategic and routine procurement activities to ensure supplier performance and development to ensure a qualified, reliable based of supplier and timely deliveries.  You will also be responsible for crafting a procurement schedule that dovetails into the design and manufacturing schedule, providing a comprehensive project support schedule.

  • Develop procurement plan to support programs/projects.  Purchase materials, parts, supplies, and equipment following established purchasing policies and procedures and optimizes price, delivery, and terms with minimum supervision
  • Develop and maintain project schedule, ensuring supplies/services are received in timely manner.  Brief supervisor and management on procurement status, highlighting risk areas and risk mitigation approach
  • Develop lessons learned from purchases and develop best practices to optimize performance
  • Identify, analyze and qualify vendors.
  • Work with vendors to obtain product or service information such as price, availability, and delivery schedule.  Determine points when supplier base should be expanded.
  • Development economic purchase strategy. Source production materials and components, with consideration given to price, quality and availability.
  • Develop Supplier Agreements and similar arrangements in order to create stable supplier list and best pricing
  • Process, approve and deliver purchase and production orders to meet targeted inventory goals.
  • Review bid proposals and negotiate contracts within budgetary limitations and scope of authority.
  • Maintain procurement records such as items or services, purchased costs, delivery, product quality or performance, and inventories.
  • Help monitor parts obsolescence.
  • Interact with stakeholders of purchased or manufactured components to address defective or unacceptable goods or services to determine source of the problem and take corrective action.
  • Approve invoice exceptions (quantity or price differs from the P.O.) for payment.
  • Expedite delivery of goods from vendors on an as needed basis.
  • Run past due reports and exceptions reports to accommodate planning and production changes.
  • Work with Materials Manager and Accounting to review and manage purchase price variance (PPV) and manufacturing variance.
  • Partner with Engineering, Marketing and Program Management during the product definition phase to assess cost feasibility and cost targets
  • Partner with cross functional team members to determine product needs and plans/schedules appropriately ensuring purchased parts/services support production schedule
  • Collaborate with suppliers during development process to identify design and manufacturing cost drivers to support Design to Cost efforts
  • Seek out and identify opportunities for value creation (cost savings, cost avoidance, revenue enhancement) and risk reduction
  • Coordinate with planning to transition production requirements once product has successfully launched
  • Support Design for Manufacturability and Assembly (DFMA) reviews for new products with Supply Chain
  • Work in cross-functional team environment to achieve the best cost for the parts without compromising performance, quality or reliability
  • Influence design decisions by participating in design concept reviews to assure cost is being considered as one of the key elements in concept evaluation
  • Performs risk assessments to identify and mitigate program cost risks with Supply Chain
  • Performs other related duties as required

Minimum Requirements:

  • Relevant BS degree or equivalent work experience as a Buyer
  • Three-years’ experience performing buyer duties similar to the above in manufacturing or related environment
  • Experience with ERP systems - experience with SYSPRO highly desired
  • Knowledge of manufacturing process, including product design and assembly of bills of materials (BOM) and dependencies.
  • Must be able to work successfully in a cross-functional manner to support operations in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, demonstrated ability to multi-task, with strong follow up skills. Strong ability to understand and adjust to priorities.
  • Strong problem solving, communication, and interpersonal skills. Ability to identify problems, recommend solutions, and negotiate and execute contingency plans
  • Demonstrated experience serving as a change agent.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the impact of business decisions, and the change environment as it relates to documentation.
  • Ability to create routine reports, presentation and correspondence
  • Ability to coordinate and track activities by metrics
  • Must have good communication skills, both written and oral, with advanced word processing skills
  • Proficient in computer skills and programs generally used in an office environment.

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to work in manufacturing environment.
  • Position requires frequent communication and walking to other locations within the organization
  • Position will require sitting and extended periods of standing



U.S. Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residence required.



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