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Senior Buyer in Spokane, WA at Volt

Date Posted: 1/9/2019

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Senior Buyer | Manufacturing or OEM | Direct Hire | Spokane, WA

VOLT’s client is looking for a Senior Buyer

Under limited supervision the Senior Buyer performs complex planning and procurement of various commodities using a mainframe MRP system.  Plans, purchases, expedites, and negotiates materials in support of production schedules and capital/MRO materials and services.  Maintains the MRP system data and its integrity, prepares and analyzes reports, and supports project management of existing and new products.


  • Crisis Mitigation/Escalation – Capable of escalating to, and resolving issues with, supplier’s VP/Corporate personnel.
  • Ownership of Workbench – Capable of ensuring timely and effective completion of Shortage Report, Late P.O.s, MRP Action Messages, and “What-Ifs”.  Manages higher volume of higher dollar value parts with more complex attributes. Capable of managing a workbench consisting of multiple strategic commodities.
  • Costing Knowledge (Total Cost of Ownership (TCO))/Negotiation – Possess excellent knowledge of material costing, including all the elements of TCO.  Capable of not only buying components at Target Cost, but also able to drive large dollars of favorable PPV. Understands commodity market trends, and uses this knowledge to mitigate cost increases from suppliers. Able to negotiate improved Payment Terms and Freight Terms with suppliers.
  • Business Acumen/Situational Awareness – Possess excellent reasoning skills to understand situations and make business decisions that result in a positive outcome for KTC.  Also, has excellent knowledge and understanding of the financial and operational functions of the Corporation.  Fully comprehends ramifications of making poor business decisions on key company measures, and the objectives of the Corporation.
  • Supplier Relations – Capable of having business discussions with supplier’s VP/Corporate personnel. 
  • Product Knowledge – Possess excellent commodity knowledge. Excellent understanding of the component pricing history.  Robust understanding of the manufacturing process for the commodity. Able to provide suggested alternate sources for his/her commodity. Possess strong knowledge of raw material market trends. 
  • Logistics – Excellent knowledge of Key Tronic Routing Guide and of current IncoTerms, and comprehends impact of actions/inactions of non-compliance. Is able to develop and implement alternate plans to mitigate negative impacts of non-compliance (including consolidating shipments into larger containers, etc.).


  • Bachelor Degree in supply chain management, materials, operations, business, or related field.  
  • Five-plus years’ experience in manufacturing planning, purchasing, negotiations, or supplier relations. 
  • Must have a deep knowledge of MRP logic and its manufacturing operations modules.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, with the ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously in a timely manner in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to relate to and work with diverse groups of people.
  • Must have knowledge of use and operation of standard office equipment and be familiar with commonly used email, Internet, word processing, databases and spreadsheets.
  • Must have a high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations and materials. Position continually requires demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy.


  • Bachelor Degree in supply chain management, materials, operations, business, or related field.
  • Eight-plus years direct procurement experience with strong knowledge of MRP systems.
  • CPSM, CPM, or other related certification.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Experience in Contract Manufacturing and EMS industry desired with an emphasis in supporting an offshore manufacturing facility. 

Please note the following:

  • This is a W2 position.
  • Direct inquiries only.
  • No 3rd party submittals please.
  • This position is not available for Corp-to-Corp.
  • This position is not available for Associate Vendors.

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Volt is an Equal Opportunity Employer.