NPI Buyer-Totem Lake in Kirkland, WA at Volt

Date Posted: 5/25/2018

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Job Description

Buyer (New Product Introduction)

Totem Lake, WA

Direct Hire


Responsible for achieving corporate goals relating to inventory availability, Supplier Costs, On-Time Delivery (OTD), Quality as well as performs tactical support for Customer Focus Teams (CFT’s) in a standalone environment. Additionally, provides Commodity Team Leadership.


  • Ensures adequate Raw Inventory availability at the lowest possible cost required to meet a Lean Manufacturing environment’s requirement.
  • Operates as an agent of the corporation within the appropriate signature authority level AND based on either MRP demand or approved Purchase Order Requisitions.
  • Maintains a stable supply of raw inventory, taking necessary actions to prevent stock out or expedited deliveries where appropriate. This includes actively participating in CFT and production scheduling meetings.
  • Orders, reschedules, and cancels materials based on requisitions and MRP Purchase Order Action Notices (POAN’s).
  • Manages supplier pricing, delivery, and quality expectations, and escalates when appropriate.
  • Assists in achieving Maximize Contribution Margin through efficient direct materials cost management and supply chain management.
  • Develops and implements cost / price / benefit analyses for direct raw materials used for production.
  • Prepares and reviews Requests for Quotes (RFQ’s), Tracks original quoted pricing and evaluate to current standard and benchmark costs.
  • Works to extend payment terms and discounts with suppliers.
  • Mitigates indirect operations costs such as freight, packaging /penalization for labor efficiencies, and stock-out/shortages.
  • Conducts Supplier Business Reviews and Partners in Quality Programs.
  • Works to maintain optimum inventory levels championing and supporting Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) Programs.
  • Supports initiatives to institute best practices and actively participates in LEAN initiatives.
  • Operates as a Commodity Team Lead optimizing corporate spend by championing projects on an International, National, or Regional savings level based on Total Cost of Ownership/Acquisition.
  • Creates, implements, and evaluates supply chain strategies, particularly for supply assurance and logistics management.
  • Manages preferred Supplier Relations for continuous improvement.
  • Sources and evaluates new suppliers.
  • Ensures raw inventory commitments match customer contract liability constraints.

Secondary Duties:

  • Resolves administrative issues such as receiving, invoice discrepancies, and Materials Review Board (MRB) actions.
  • Purchasing representative to Sales Vice President for new business development
  • Maintains Procurement records, such as items or services purchased, costs, delivery, and backup documentation to support authorization to buy.
  • Assists Accounts Payable in troubleshooting invoices.
  • Manages subordinate buyers or purchasing agents as required
  • Utilizes Financial Reports (Contribution Margin Income Statement, Balance Sheet, etc).
  • Writes and edits ISO Procedures and Desk Instructions.

Education & Experience Required

  • 7 or more years working experience and knowledge of purchasing practices, MRP, materials documentation and qualification, and sourcing to purchase at prices consistent with quality and quantity under a LEAN manufacturing system environment. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university preferred. APICS Certification and/or CPIM preferred.
  • Maintain high ethical standards; understand agent status, be proficient with MS Excel and MS Outlook.
  • Demonstrate working experience and knowledge of the electronic component marketplace and proficiency with specific commodities; must be able to manage at least 500 components for multiple accounts that may have various and, at times, conflicting requirements.
  • Demonstrate leadership by teaching others and promoting organizational growth.
  • Be flexible enough to change with an ever-changing business environment.
  • Ability to read and comprehend instructions, technical drawings and manuals, correspondence, and memos
  • Ability to present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, suppliers, managers, or co-workers of the organization.

Please Note: This position is urgent and will be filled quickly.  Must be legally authorized to work in the USA.  Direct inquiries only (no 3rd party submittals) at this time, please. Thank You.

Volt is an equal opportunity employer.