Buyer/Purchasing Agent

  • location: Abingdon, VA
  • type: Temporary
  • salary: $15 - $20 per hour
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job description

The Procurement Specialist/Buyer is an experienced professional with an adept understanding of sophisticated products with large BOMs and negotiating delivery dates and pricing with suppliers in a manufacturing environment. Success for this position is measured by cost effective, on time delivery of all components needed for our products, proactive communication to internal staff and outside suppliers, thorough tracking of every component at each stage of the procurement process, production workflow efficiency, and on time deliveries to our customers. An understanding of electrical as well as mechanical engineering principles is very important.

Responsibilities:
Manage Time Phase material demands and forecasting
Lead manufacturing teams in the production of high voltage electric powertrain systems
Drive continuous improvement by developing, standardizing, reducing cost, and optimizing production processes across the plant using Lean Manufacturing principles.
Identify risk situations and coordinate solutions with management
Establish and maintain effective vendor relationships
Negotiate favorable terms, volume discounts and contracts with suppliers
Process and complete simple to complex purchase requests; determines prices from available vendors which meet cost and quality guidelines; places orders; verifies receipt of purchase
Develop an efficient and accurate system for monitoring all open purchase orders
Stay abreast of Best Practices, current / future policies and procedures, regulatory / trade requirements, and market dynamics appropriate to function
Performs other related duties as assigned by Management

Working hours: 8 AM - 5 PM

Skills:
Strong technical skills with a working knowledge of manufacturing processes, disciplines, equipment and equipment utilization
Experience dealing with outside contractors and regulatory agents
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel
Experience in proactive manufacturing strategies
Experienced in metal fabrication, manual and cnc machining, welding, mechanical & electrical assembly, and production support processes
Excellent communications skills, oral, written and electronic
Experience with ERP systems a plus

Qualifications:
Minimum 2 years purchasing experience; ideally in an automotive industry
Bachelor's degree or six additional years of purchasing experience in lieu of a degree.
Must have ethical behavior and superior communication and computer skills.
Able to perform research independently.
Proficient in MS Windows, Word, Excel and Power Point.

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