Sr. Purchasing Agent in Santa Maria, CA at Volt

Date Posted: 11/10/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Volt Workforce Solutions is partnering with an aerospace manufacturing organization in search of a dynamic Sr. Purchasing Agent.

The primary responsibility of the Sr. Purchasing Agent is to purchase, at minimum total cost, the necessary materials, components, and/or sub-assemblies to manufacture saleable products via the issuance of purchase orders. This position will also purchase a variety of assigned commodities including those which are non-standard or of a technical nature. The Sr. Purchasing Agent is responsible for scheduling delivery dates in accordance with the MRP system and respond to action messages related to the purchasing of finished materials. The position reports to the Purchasing Manager and must work with other functions to ensure products are delivered on time, meeting the quality specifications of the Engineering department. The Sr. Purchasing Agent must facilitate the delivery of goods through the inspection process by working to resolve any paperwork or purchase order issues. 

• Enter purchase orders into MRP system (M3) and issue to supplier via fax or e-mail.

• Review purchase orders on a weekly basis via M3 reporting system and follow up on past due items plus requirements due in coming weeks.

• Highlight any problem areas and report to Purchasing Manager.

• Record all PO confirmations in the MRP system once an acknowledgment is received.

• Update and maintain purchase orders in Materials Resource Planning (MRP) system for changes in design and delivery requirements. Balance current and future demand requirements with supplier capabilities/capacities to ensure on-time delivery of purchased parts. Comply with Supply Chain and Purchasing procedures and Quality System requirements.

• Analyze data, including enterprise requirements, planning information, and prepare reports as needed to facilitate and recommend actions to ensure optimal supply chain execution. Review non-conformance reports (NCRs) written against suppliers and relay information to them.

• Update suppliers with engineering changes and drawings.

• Request Return Material Authorizations (RMAs) for materials that need to be sent back to the supplier for disposition. Interact with Planning and Production to ensure any changes in production requirements are flowed down to suppliers. Communicate expedited deliveries to suppliers and provide status on expected delivery dates to the Program Purchasing team. Liaise with planners to control scheduling of parts to ensure stock levels meet demands while staying within stock level buffers. Review all grief and non-receivable items in receiving and resolve any paperwork or purchase order issues so parts may be processed. Provide key suppliers with forecast of future demand on a monthly basis.

• Generate effective communication, good relationships, and a positive image with suppliers and coworkers promoting courtesy, objectivity, and fairness. Develop expertise on purchasing of commodities that support Aerospace requirements.

• Implement continuous replenishment strategies with assigned suppliers.

• Assist Supplier Development Engineers and Commodity Managers with audits and supplier scorecard ratings.

Knowledge, Skills and Other Requirements

Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.

Experience: 5+ years. Previous experience with supply chain management is preferred.

Computer Skill: Familiar with Windows Operating System®, MRP systems, and the ability to type a minimum of 50 words per minute.

Other Skills: Good understanding of MRP, BOM's and drawings. Ability to negotiate, lead corrective action with suppliers, and improve supplier quality and on time delivery. Cost reduction achievements. Excellent communication skills, and phone etiquette. The ability to read engineering prints. Organized and detailed oriented.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Previous work and/or internship experience in Supply Chain Management

• CPSM or CPM certification, preferred

• Experience using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software

• Familiarity/experience with lean manufacturing, Kaizen events, and continuous improvement techniques (e.g., RCCA, Six Sigma methodology)

Contact: or call 559-490-0555 for additional details.