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White Bear Lake
Posted 4 months ago

The Buyer works cross functionally within the organization and with suppliers to purchase inventory and non-inventory materials, equipment, services, supplies and repair items. This position will review quotes, negotiate with suppliers, generate purchase orders, monitor open orders, expedite, and monitor supplier performance ensuring they meet cost, quality, and delivery objectives. The Buyer will analyze historical demand and future repair and projects needs to forecast future needs and purchase accordingly.


Determine purchase requirements through a MRP system, requisition reports, manual spreadsheets, input from the shop floor, engineering department, management, etc.
Negotiate pricing, delivery, required quality levels, payment terms, and tooling requirements with suppliers.
Place purchase orders with qualified suppliers for production parts, services, office supplies, etc.
Work to dual source critical items when possible.
Expedite backordered parts or urgent orders as required.
Research, identify and qualify new suppliers as needed with collaboration/support from the engineering and business development teams.
Work to comply with all ISO 9001 standards across the supply base. Work cross functionally with internal and external parties resolve quality issues.
Evaluate suppliers on quality and delivery performance based metrics.
Help to coordinate all overseas shipments, documentation, customs issues, etc.
Work with Operations, Manufacturing, and Engineering departments to ensure that used, refurbished or obsoleted parts are accurately planned.
Review, process, and code invoices for payables.
Complete tasks in a professional manner that emphasizes cost/budget management, productivity and safety.
Maintain proper inventory levels for all production parts.
Additional duties as assigned.


3 + years experience in a purchasing-based role preferred
Demonstrated business acumen as defined by a proven track record of success in an operational environment
Analytical mindset with an ability to do ad hoc analysis from numerous datasets
Functional expertise as well as the ability to deal effectively with all parts of the organization.
Ability to forge solid relationships with external constituents e.g. customers, clients, supplier partners, and manage across a wide range of capabilities and personalities.
Excellent verbal and written communications.
Understand how key operational KPI’s affect financial and business outcomes.
Organized and able to manage multiple priorities effectively.
NetSuite ERP experience is a plus.


Associates degree in a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience

FT and average salary $70K – $75K. Works in office most days of week because it is so buy but after a few months, will go back to 3 days in office and 2 days at home. A huge plus is someone who knows NetSuite ERP but that seems very rare, so at least someone with a variety of ERP experience and picks up technology well.

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Job CategoryProfessional
Job Number:TBD

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