Buyer I

Responsible for the procurement of materials and services within the Company's corporate policies and procedures at the best possible negotiated terms for price, quality and delivery.  Manages all material deliveries to ensure on time delivery.  Identifies and implements cost reduction opportunities to improve customer satisfaction and meet company objectives.


Proactively identify and support production work order requirements to minimize production delay due to materials shortage and reduce costs.  Plans purchases by reviewing materials and supply requirements from Purchase Requisitions.

Obtains quotes by forwarding materials and supplies requirements to supplier; evaluating alternative materials and supplies. Places orders by negotiating price, terms and delivery of materials and supplies.  Assures detailed bid and proposal packages are maintained.

Select, evaluate and qualify suppliers to ensure procurement compliance that is within the Company's corporate policies and procedures, ensuring that purchases are to budget and quality requirements are to schedule.

Resolves delivery discrepancies by comparing purchase order to delivery documentation; obtaining credits and refunds.  Improves quality results by analyzing materials, supplies and vendor reliability, quality and service; recommending changes. 

Evaluate and prepare supplier performance reports on the delivery, cost and quality of products and services.  As a major element of continuous improvement, review and evaluate the designated supplier base to reward qualified suppliers and resource suppliers with repeated poor performance.

Able to work in a development and new products environment, matching requirements to supplier capabilities.

Performs other duties and/or special related projects as assigned.
Knowledge of purchasing methods and procedures; techniques of specification and contract writing; purchasing laws and rules subcontracting laws and practices.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with vendor and agency officials, prepare and interpret specification; analyze bids; prepare and maintain procurement records and reports.  Knowledge of MRP functionality and ability to operate using related action, exceptions and variance reports.  Good Vendor Management and expediting skills.

Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment.  Excellent time management and multitasking ability.  Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing.  Proficient in the use of MS Office software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. 

Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; three (3) years experience as Buyer in a large scale procurement department or related experience and/or training preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience.