Buyer - Madison, WI

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This position is responsible for developing an optimal supply base that consistently provides quality materials at the lowest total cost in a timely manner.

Select and certify suppliers based on quality, total cost, lead time, service, technical support, and financial stability.

Monitor, document, and communicate supplier performance in the areas of quality, delivery, and responsiveness to supplier corrective actions and sample submission requests.

Coordinate and facilitate early supplier involvement projects to insure adherence to industrial design intent, engineering specifications, and schedules, especially in support of new product development.

Formulate sourcing strategies to support short-term and long-term operational requirements.

Serve as a commodity specialist by tracking market trends and economic conditions affecting assigned commodities.

Submit timely reports concerning price trends, market conditions that affect supply, and recommendations for substitute materials and processes.

Research and implement opportunities for reducing component ‘total cost of ownership’.

Conduct on-site reviews of supplier facilities and product/process capability and capacity to assess current and potential supplier qualifications.

Lead and/or support supplier quality improvement initiatives and supplier quality assessments/audits.

Develop standard costs based on market/economic factors and projected price changes.

Analyze and explain any purchasing variances that occur. Special projects as assigned.

Bachelor degree in Materials Management, Business, Supply Chain Management, or Operation Management.

Three to five years experience of purchasing materials in a manufacturing environment.

Excellent communication and attention to detail skills. Ability prioritize work load and maintain flexibility.

Certification in purchasing management (CPM), Six Sigma, LEAN or formal training in Supply Chain Management is desirable.

Must be US Citizen or Green Card holder