Material Buyer
Watson Standard - Pittsburgh, PA

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Reporting to the Director of Procurement, the Material Buyer will be primarily responsible for supporting the manufacturing, product development and commercialization activities of the company. Based upon credentials and qualifications their main job activities could include:


Inventory Control
Order Point/ Quantity
Material Continuity / Business Resumption
Order Placement Escalation / Expediting
Cost Management/Analysis
Logistic / 3PL management
Investment Recovery
Duty Drawback Management

Product Development / Improvement

Material Sourcing
Make verse Buy
Sample Management
Fit for Use Analysis / Supplier Assessment


Pre-commercial Planning / Material Staging
Material Specification Verification
Tariff Classification
Material / Formula Activation


Backs up daily production planning and scheduling activities
Gains proficiency in all purchasing department functions
Contributes to department goals and metrics


Candidates for this position will be an accredited supply chain professional (CPM, CSM, CPSM, CPIM) OR demonstrate a credible desire towards these credentials, with a minimum of 3-5 years of supply chain experience in the chemical, adhesives or paint industry. Specifically the candidate must demonstrate some working experience in buying, planning and sourcing materials. Preference will be given to candidates with additional working experience in logistics, import /export and a background in chemical or paint production. The candidate should possess at least a 4 year degree related to supply chain management or chemistry however an Associate’s degree can be considered if the candidate possess the commensurate work experience.

Other Considerations

Candidates will be evaluated through an interviewing process for work ethic, demeanor, trustworthiness, innovation, teamwork, people management, project management, ability to learn, use of computer systems, databases and internet / market research. Currently lives local to Pittsburgh region desirable. Multilingual a plus but not required. The position will be mainly based in Pittsburgh, but the candidate cannot have adversity to travel when needed.

Position is full time, Salaried/Exempt