Manufacturing & Operations
United States-California-Santa Clara County-Sunnyvale
Senior Buyer, OEM and Contract Manufacturing
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Manages procurement of high
value, risk materials to support business requirements: includes purchase order
management, sourcing, contract negotiations, spend analysis and supplier performance
- Leverages enterprise tools and
systems to drive continuous improvement techniques, mentoring of staff and
enhance the performance of the purchasing function
- Assist in driving key procurement
initiatives to support the ongoing transformation and continuous improvement of
systems and processes in the procurement organization along with other projects
as directed by management.
- Administers and manages high
value blanket or long term purchase order commitments to designated suppliers
as necessary to support production and/or sales requirements within the
- Drives material demand forecast
communication and capacity planning for assigned commodity groups and/or
- Supports alignment of production
supplier requirements and sourcing strategies with those of product development
(NPI) for designated suppliers/commodities to ensure uninterrupted material
availability, alignment of risk and cost goals with vision for the business.
- Owns performance management and
improvement efforts for designated suppliers.
- Utilizes lean sourcing principles
(kanban, consignment and other similar material pull methods) to achieve 100%
material availability and optimize OH stock.
- Embraces continuous improvement
techniques to drive toward attainment of key purchasing metrics (supplier OTD,
quality, risk management and cost reduction opportunities).
- Leverages problem solving skills and
develops counters measure to implement long term solutions to identified
- Coordinates engineering change
order activity with suppliers and other functional groups.
- Leverages documented supplier
selection techniques to identify a core supply base able to offer lowest total
cost of ownership and high quality product.
- Supports and provides mentorship to buyers
on standard work, in order to maintain consistency in quality and quantity of
- Engages with management team in development of
internal resource and capacity planning
- Cost and contracting
- Supports construction of annual cost reduction plan
to achieve corporate initiative plan for designed suppliers/parts
- Leads creation, negotiation and management of complex
commercial (OEM and contract manufacturer level) agreements – covering cost,
quality and delivery terms
- Supports standard cost setting activities
degree or equivalent and 5+ years of experience managing a purchasing team in
high and low volume-manufacturing environments.
computer experience including MS Office products and ERP systems, preferably
SAP and Agile. Strong Excel and Database skills.
track record of effective project management in a fast paced, high volume
knowledge of and experience working with Kanban systems and other lean
knowledge of buying, material planning, master scheduling and forecasting.
concern for precision and thoroughness.
ability to consistently achieve stretch goals and objectives.
to provide positive direction by encouraging peers to have a commitment to high
standards of quality and performance.
to handle multiple tasks and projects successfully.
verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong negotiation skills and experience with proven track record of savings
travel to both domestic and international suppliers
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