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Senior Buyer in Everett, WA at Volt

Date Posted: 11/29/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Direct Hire
  • Location:
    Everett, WA
  • Duration:
  • Date Posted:
  • Job ID:
  • Pay Rate
    $80000.0 - $90000.0/Year
  • Contact Name
    Volt Branch
  • Phone

Job Description

Senior Buyer needed in Everett!

Direct Hire- Generous Salary and Benefits!

Must Have:

  1. High Volume buyer experience (over 1000 SKU's and 200+ PO's per week!)
  2. ERP/MRP and Excel experienced
  3. Knowledge of Tariff codes/compliance
  4. Have worked with distributors all over the world!
  5. 7+ years of experience
  6. Bachelor's Degree Preferred


The Senior Buyer is responsible for materials management for assigned customer accounts.  This includes tactical purchasing to AVL for assigned commodities/suppliers, working with suppliers and program managers to achieve optimized MOQ’s, minimizing obsolete & no-demand inventory, maximizing favorable PPV and inventory turns.    Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Place purchase orders within assigned lead time at or below quoted cost to customer
  • Negotiate cost, lead time and terms
  • Ensure materials arrive on time to support production demands and customer needs
  • Determine proper material plan dates and material due dates to meet customer needs
  • Work with customers and Program Management to crisply communicate materials status
  • Ensures adequate Raw Inventory availability at the lowest possible cost required to meet a Lean Manufacturing environment’s requirements
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mentors 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
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Minimum of 7 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
  • Combination of education and work experience acceptable.

Volt is an Equal Opportunity Employer