The Buyer III conducts transactions for the procurement of manufacturing materials, tools, supplies, and services for KHS machines in accordance with approved requisitions and procedures. The Buyer III has achieved mastery of purchasing activities for a particular KHS product line.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
• Reviews requisitions for materials within ERP system; analyze each item for quantity, specifications and delivery requirements; develops and investigates sources; issues request for quotation for those items not covered by existing arrangements; focuses on particular product line • Interacts with subcontractors to purchase fabricated, machined and welded components • Identifies alternate sourcing if needed based on quality, price and delivery; contacts potential suppliers and negotiates to obtain quotes on most favorable terms; may investigate suppliers’ capabilities to furnish materials, finished parts or services • Uses technical drawings, discusses technical requirements with vendors such as dimensions, tolerances, finishes and other aspects of manufacturing • Determines best source by evaluating quotation or by application of an existing arrangement or by approved procedures; interviews vendor representatives; produces purchase orders within prescribed dollar limits (< $17,500) and under supervision of Purchasing Supervisor or Manager (>$17,500); negotiates the lowest possible cost balanced against the optimum quality and schedule needs • Performs follow-up work on orders to ensure vendor compliance with terms of purchase especially deliver dates and quantity/quality • Supports the Company’s supplier development program; conducts supplier visits and audits to qualify vendors; evaluates vendor performance based on personal knowledge of quality, prices, service and delivery as well as feed back from the shop floor, receiving and engineering • Generates reports and conducts analyses of ERP system data including key performance indicators; maintains procurement records by purchase orders • Discusses defective or unacceptable goods or services with inspection or quality control personnel, users, vendors, and others to determine source of trouble and take corrective action • Instructs and assists personnel responsible for invoicing; resolves invoice deficiencies
This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities. Provides indirect leadership to other buyers and staff regarding procurement activities.
Ability to synthesize data from manufacturing requisitions and procure the materials needed at price/quality standards in the shortest time frame Ability to demonstrate proficiency in reading blueprints and understanding technical specifications of parts and sub assemblies High attention to detail to update and manage resource planning database Ability to research, negotiate and communicate with suppliers and end users Ability to interact successfully with members of sales, engineering, production and shipping/receiving groups to resolve parts purchase problems.
Excellent organizational and time management skills.
Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data.
Business Acumen - Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition.
Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Conserves organizational resources.
Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources.
Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.
Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.
Initiative - Takes independent actions and calculated risks.
Education and/or Experience - Bachelor’s Degree; more than 7 years purchasing experience of manufactured or fabricated, machined or welded parts or assemblies; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Language Skills - Ability to read and interpret documents such as contracts, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
Mathematical Skills - Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Reasoning Ability - Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Computer Skills - Mastery of MS Office. Ability to demonstrate proficiency in the use of resource planning database software
Physical Demands - The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment - The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The environment is a typical office area with occasional activities in the manufacturing area. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.