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Senior Buyer



Work under the general direction of the Purchasing Manager and is responsible for purchasing specific commodities that are standard to moderately complex in order to support production and related operating departments.  Maintain basic understanding of manufacturing processes and Lean Manufacturing principles.  Duties and responsibilities include, but are limited to, the following:


Obtain competitive bids from established and reliable sources; analyze supplier operations to identify factors that affect price and determine lowest cost consistent with quality, reliability and ability to meet required schedules.  Perform standard price/terms & conditions negotiations; recommend and/or select appropriate suppliers.  Use business information systems to produce and track purchase orders and related documentation; monitor schedule and delivery dates.  Resolve issues related to quantity, quality, delivery and invoicing; keep supervision informed of problems, as necessary.  Ensure adequate documentation is available to provide the needed support for government audits.


Maintain effective liaison with suppliers and various company operating departments to ensure there is an adequate flow of information concerning progress of materials, anticipated delivery schedules, etc.  Visit supplier facilities, as needed.  Identify problem areas or and recommend/implement corrective action.   




Broad knowledge of a specialized field such as procurement or materials.  Working knowledge of Microsoft applications software (Word, Excel and Power Point).  Requires the ability to read and interpret simple blueprints/schematics. Planning, organization, verbal/written communication skills needed.  Bachelor’s degree in a business or technical field.     1 to 3 years of related experience, to qualify..



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