Senior Buyer/Materials Manager

As a Senior Buyer for capital expense procurements you will:
Work directly with engineering and operations leaders to understand technical and quality specs and make recommendations that would improve sourcing outcomes;
Ensure all quality and technical specifications are met on equipment ordered;
Interface with suppliers to place, confirm, modify, and resolve issues with purchase orders;
Ensure purchases remain within financial guidelines;
Identify and pursue cost reduction opportunities with suppliers and carriers
Interface with peers and leaders throughout the organization to accommodate purchasing needs.
A typical week might include
Working with engineers or operators to understand equipment operation and specifications;
Contacting vendors to obtain price quotations, place purchase orders, and expedite purchases;
Entering new purchase orders into automated ERP/MRP system;
Negotiating pricing/deliveries to facilitate cost reduction;
Maintaining accurate databases for cost and lead times;
Advising management of critical activities relative to supply and backorder problems;
Assisting other purchasing staff with their duties;
Assisting with other relevant projects as requested.
To be considered as a candidate you must meet all of the following qualifications:
A Bachelor's Degree (required) in Supply Chain Management, Business, Engineering, or related programs (preferred);
Have 5-7 years of experience purchasing capital equipment in a manufacturing environment;
Be confident communicating with, negotiating with, and establishing a partner relationship with suppliers both foreign and domestic;
Have a working knowledge of engineering specifications, drawings, plans, etc;
Demonstrate strong computer skills to include Microsoft Excel, databases, communication, planning, scheduling, budgeting and forecasting applications;
Be adept at identifying new potential suppliers, or sourcing materials not currently offered by existing suppliers;
Be self-motivated, proactive, and responsive to rapid growth and change.
An exemplary candidate will also possess two or more of the following:
Experience with foreign-sourced materials and relevant language,
economic, and cultural considerations;
Engineering experience with scalable production machinery;
An extensive network of domestic sourcing contacts;
Experience as a buyer in a "start-up to expanding-international" company;
1 or more accredited Engineering or Supply Chain certifications

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