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Senior Buyer

Company: Winston Industries
Location: Louisville
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Title:

Senior Buyer/Purchaser- Manufacturing

Job Overview:

Are you a Buyer/Purchaser that has endured supply chain hell over the last year or so? If so, Im not going to lie to youit probably isnt going to be fixed anytime soon. The world is kind of a dumpster fire right now, and supply chain isnt going to resolve itself just because the year is ending soon. Sorry, we cant fix that part.

What we can offer though is working for a company that understands you arent to blame for a part getting stuck in port or a vendor suddenly doubling lead time. Instead of blaming the purchasing department, wed rather use our energy to eliminate all single-spec components, finding additional partners, and improving our systems. That takes investment. Fortunately, incoming orders are skyrocketing, so we have already invested in a new upgraded ERP system (Epicor, going live in July) and now we are ready to add to our purchasing team.

Ideal candidates should be comfortable working within an ERP/MRP system and understand that being a buyer is more than putting in POs or just finding the lowest prices. They should also be able to think strategically on vendor relationships, believe in partnership, understand asset management fundamentals, and work well within cross-functional teams. We want rock-stars at their job, but we will still prioritize culture with all hiring. So, we also expect this person to be team-oriented and play well with others.

Primary Job Responsibilities

* Purchase goods, materials, components, or services in line with specified cost, quality, and delivery targets.
* Ensure the continuous supply of required goods and materials; communicating any supply problems which may pose a risk of impact to business operations.
* Monitor market trends, competitor strategies, and supplier viability.
* Develop creative, innovative, and partnership-centric procurement processes.
* Develop ideas and strategies to improve operational efficiency within purchasing that will add value, aid business performance, and work towards continuous improvement.
* Negotiate contracts, improve pricing, optimize T&Cs, and identify cost reduction opportunities.
* Ensure compliance with company guidelines, purchasing policies, and procedures during supplier negotiation and contract award.
* Secure alternative sources for goods and materials, ensuring redundancy of issues.
* Assist with the launch and optimization of identified ERP/MRP systems.
* Provide necessary reporting for area and activities.

Job Requirements

* Minimal of 5 years of experience in purchasing/buyer role, possibly with a degree in the field, and ideally with experience doing so in a manufacturing environment.
* Ability to read and comprehend complex design/drawings.
* Must be comfortable with Microsoft (Word, Excel, Outlook) programs and capable of learning other software systems.
* Regularly displays partnership-centric attitude, with the ability to build strong relationships and work in team atmospheres.
* Knows the difference between ROP and rope.
* Great at problem solving, with the ability to perform magic preferred.

Keywords: Winston Industries, Louisville , Senior Buyer, Other , Louisville, Kentucky

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