Purchasing/Buyer Agent

Working with Project Management (PM), Manufacturing, Scheduling, and Inventory, the Purchasing/Buyer Agent compiles product demand and generates procurement of products, supplies, services and equipment. The Purchasing/Buyer Agent will manage material flow from the purchase of raw material, shipment, receipt, and any outside processing requirements before and after the creation of the customer’s parts.
As a Purchasing/Buyer Agent, the responsibility requires the ability to determine material needs based on customer forecast, customer hard orders, input from interfacing departments / personnel, and recent history. Responsibilities include negotiations with suppliers for price reduction, special discounts, stocking programs, and any other method that reduces financial exposure but insures product availability in the shortest period of time (Lead-Time) to meet customer’s delivery expectations.

Job Requirements:
*AA degree and/or equivalent of 3 years of experience in related purchasing arena. Bachelors Degree and/or APICS Certification is a plus
*Experience in commodity buying preferred
*Proficiency in using ERP/MRP systems. Experience with Global Shop a plus.
*A high sense of urgency and work within deadlines very important
*Must be proactive, take initiative and drive for continuous improvement and think-outside-the-box
*Understanding and creation of Material Requirements Planning (MRP) concepts and functionality
*Proficiency using Microsoft (MS) Suite software with emphases on Excel and Word
*Ability to understand material lead-time availability in relationship to product Bill of Material (BOM), manufacturing requirements, and scheduling
*Ability to create charts and other reports using MS tools
*Excellent negotiation skills for procured products and services
*Excellent communication (verbal and written) skills

Duties and Responsibilities:
*Generate purchase orders as needed to fulfill material needs as determined.
*Identify and select potential sources / suppliers for products, supplies, services and equipment
*Analyze, research and provide justification of price / cost on products, services, etc.
*Prepare procurement files, both electronically and manually in accordance with company guidelines and policies
*Seek alternative stocking, pricing, solutions with suppliers and initiate negotiation
*Resolve purchase order issues with suppliers, manufacturing, and accounting. Resolve discrepancies with all other departments as needed
*Working with all departments, establish material plans for assigned commodities. Place purchase orders, monitor supplier performance and inventory levels to ensure material plans are met
*Works with all departments including Order Entry regarding schedule changes, engineering changes (ECOs) and BOM issues to compile lead time and material availability impacts.
*Resolution of issues with suppliers that restrict timely delivery of goods and services
*Perform other requirements as directed by management

Other Requirements & Information:
* Successful candidates must pass pre-placement drug test.
* Full-time position, full benefits, salaried position and wages DOE.
* Relocation money is not available at this time.