Buyer II

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.

Obtain 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.

Develop specific annual purchasing objectives, creates specific short and long-term range commodity objectives with a view to reducing the cost of materials and improving service to user units.  Negotiate with suppliers to obtain cost-effective, long-term contracts that develop a mutual working relationship.

Resolve 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. 

Provide management planning and control information by collecting, analyzing and summarizing data and trends.

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.

On a recurring basis, visit key suppliers' locations, continuing to improve communications in order to remain up-to-date and competitive within the purchasing arena.

Develop most suitable purchasing arrangements for commodities, including contracts, blanket orders, spot purchase orders, and vendor stocking arrangements, communicates details of purchasing arrangements to user units, i.e. prices, terms and methods of handling requirements based on arrangements made on their behalf.

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.  In depth experience and knowledge of MRP functionality and ability to create management reports.  Strong Vendor Management and expediting skills.

Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment as both member and mentor to junior staff.  CPM certification a plus.  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 is preferred; six (6) years experience as Buyer in a large scale procurement department or three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Due to the sensitive nature of our defense contracts, candidates must be able to verify U.S. Citizenship status.

VACCO Industries is an Equal Opportunity Employer.