Buyer I

Summary of Responsibilities:

As a Buyer I, you will lead the implementation of corporate initiatives and create and/or identify cost savings
projects across the organization. The Buyer I will handle tactical/strategic decisions and duties for the
Supply Chain Department. Buyer will coordinate activities with other key stakeholders to execute projects
within their category. The primary function of this position is to support continuity of business operations by
mitigating line down disruptions by: conducting tactical and strategic sourcing (RFI’s, RFQ’s, RFP’s) for
projects, executing weekly reports, following up with suppliers on past due purchase orders, and
collaborating with internal customers on requirements and selection criteria.

Core Functions:

  • Responsible for obtaining quotes, preparing price analysis and recommendations, negotiating price/delivery/
    quality/payment terms and supplier contracts where applicable, actively participate in driving improvement projects
    aligned towards corporate initiatives.
  • Responsible for obtaining quotes, preparing price analysis and recommendations, negotiating price/delivery/
    quality/payment terms and supplier contracts where applicable, actively participate in driving improvement projects
    aligned towards corporate initiatives.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders and suppliers in expediting process to ensure critical delivery requirements.
  • Ensure continuous supply of required goods and materials and communicate any supply problems which may
    pose a risk or impact on business operations.
  • Actively participate in supporting supplier development initiatives. Develop new suppliers as required.
  • Runs weekly reports to ensure purchase orders are placed in a timely manner. Follow up on past due purchase
    orders with suppliers. Assist with any departmental urgent needs.
  • Develop ideas and strategies to improve operational efficiency, add value, aid business performance, and work
    towards a strategy of continuous improvement. Identify and drive cost saving opportunities.
  • Coordinate day-to-day activities related to alignment and implementation of strategic sourcing activities.
  • Act as a liaison in arranging meetings between potential suppliers and internal customers.
  • Prepare, review, and analyze RFx documents, lead the negotiation process with suppliers.
  • Ensure compliance with company purchasing policies and procedures.
  • Assist in mitigating supplier price increases.
  • Maintains and improves supplier relations to improve consistent quality, cost, and delivery performance.
  • Will lead and/or participate in a variety of department related projects.
  • Works with all other departments to achieve company goals.
  • Analyze price proposals, financial reports, and other data and information to determine reasonable prices.
NOTE: These duties are subject to change as business needs and strategies evolve. Employee may be required to
perform other duties of comparable complexity.
Education and Experience:
  • 2+ years of experience in Purchasing, Supply Chain, Business, Finance or related degree program OR a High School
    Diploma 5+ years of procurement experience.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or applicable industry certification (Preferred).
  • ISM or APICS Certification Preferred
  • Six Sigma/Lean Principal Concepts experience/exposure preferred

Required Skills:

  • ERP/MRP system understanding.
  • Analytical and highly motivated individual, with acute attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize, manage, and meet deadlines for multiple tasks simultaneously, in a fast paced and continually
    evolving manufacturing environment.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong knowledge in various PC applications such as Microsoft Office, MS Excel, MS Word, MS Outlook, and MS
    Power Point.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints and part specifications.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems independently or as part of a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in cost analysis, strong analytical skills & business acumen
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and hold others accountable.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize organizational goals with the needs of the customer.
  • Can review projects, monitor, and analyze progress and make and/or recommend changes as required.
  • Intermediate level negotiation skills, self-management, self-motivated.

Preferred Skills:

  • Project Management experience.
  • Experience with MISys and Sage ERP systems preferred.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of advanced principles, concepts, and practices in following areas: procurement,
    computer-based inventory systems and manufacturing operations.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Experience in Mitigating Supplier Price Increases.
  • Ability to monitor market conditions and commodity indexes.


  • Occasional travel may be required.


  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and
    analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem
    solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Customer Service – Responds promptly to customer needs; Responds to requests for
    service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  • Verbal Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations;
    listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation
    skills; Participates in meetings.
  • Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness
    to other views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit;
    Puts success of team above own interests; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.
  • Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; Completes tasks correctly and
    on time; Supports organization’s goals and values; Supports affirmative actions and respects
  • Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote
    quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity – Meets productivity standards; completes work in timely manner; Strives to
    increase productivity; Works quickly.
  • Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; Reports potentially unsafe
    conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes
    responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; commits to long hours of work when
    necessary to reach goals. Completes tasks on time.

Physical Requirements:

N: Never (0% of the time)
O: Occasionally (1-33% of the time)

F: Frequently (34-66% of the time)
C: Constantly (67-100% of the time)

Lifting Carrying N
Activity N
10 lbs or less X Bend X
11-21 lbs X Squat X
21-50 lbs X Kneel X
51-100 1bs X Twist/Turn X
100 lbs or more X Climb X
Pushing/Pulling Reach Above Shoulder X
10 lbs or less X Crawl X
11-21 lbs X Type Keyboard X
21-50 1bs X Driving
51-100 1bs X Automatic X
100 1bs or more X Standard X
Is repetitive use required? X X X Is repetitive use required?(i.e. Foot Control) X
Keying X X X Simultaneous X
Pushing and Pulling X X X Climbing a Ladder X
Simple Grasping X X X
Fine Manipulation X

Working Conditions:

  • Office environment (inside)
  • Production environment (warehouse)
Job Category: Supply Chain Management
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Yoder Kansas

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