Senior Buyer - Electronics
Veeder Root 5 reviews - Altoona, PA

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OPCO Description

Veeder-Root supplies and integrates the broadest range of new and proven technologies to reduce cost of ownership, enhance environmental integrity, and improve performance and profitability for petroleum marketers and commercial fueling enterprises worldwide. Veeder-Root is the world's leading supplier of automatic tank gauging and fuel management systems and one of the few companies in the industry to design, manufacture and service its own products. Veeder-Root presently has tank monitoring systems in more than 500,000 underground storage tanks around the globe. Veeder-Root products and services are being used to meet the regulatory compliance and business management requirements of major oil companies, large truck fleets, car rental companies, airports, package delivery companies, federal, state and local governments, public utilities, industrial companies, and thousands of small underground and aboveground storage tank owners.


1. Location

This position is located at the Altoona, PA facility. Periods of significant travel (up to 25%, both domestic and some international) will be required to be successful in this position.


Purpose of Position

The Electronics Buyer leads the efforts in securing from outside sources various commodities used in the production of electronic goods.

These commodities are obtained through the use of accepted procurement practices with particular attention to timely delivery, quality, and relationship to standard cost.

The execution of these tasks shall be conducted with the highest level of personal, professional, and ethical conduct. These procedures involve direct contact with outside electronics suppliers, both distributors and manufacturers, and may involve interface with Veeder-Root design engineering, project management, boardroom and assembly manufacturing operations, and with transportation carriers, VR Sales, Customer Service, and Marketing staffs to meet/exceed current and projected customer requirements.


Key Responsibilities

Support and lead material supply management for electronics for boardroom production and ATG, Vapor, and RJ electronics and/ or electrical areas.

Ownership and leadership in the development of both short and long term strategy discussions concerning electrical and electronic commodities.

Make appropriate recommendations based on general market conditions considering VR and DHR procurement objectives and project supply management in these areas.

Utilize and monitor material procurement procedures ensuring consistent quality, delivery, and cost with minimal inventory investment.

Direct contact with outside suppliers, transportation carriers, customer service, and operations staffs to meet/exceed current and projected customer requirements, assuring material availability and optimal inventory levels.

Project management of Veeder-Root and supplier activities to support electronics production supply.

Understand component commodity spend and develop component life-cycle management and identification through supply base support.

Responsible for the continual Monitoring and communication of life-cycle critical issues to Veeder-Root senior leadership to ensure support for Veeder-Root product sales continuity and planning.

Assist with Root Cause/ Corrective Actions to communicate containment and short term actions and permanent solutions to material supply issues.

Work closely with Material Planning and Operations departments and suggest and implement appropriate procurement method (JIT, Reorder Point, Consignment, Reducing Lead-times, or Scheduled Releases) based on part characteristics, supplier, and demand to optimize material velocity and availability.

Contributes, in the capacity of a team member, individually, or as a reference, to resolving materials quality issues and increasing manufacturing productivity.

Frequently participate in, and lead continuous improvement workshops (kaizens) with team members to improve quality, delivery, productivity and cost.

Achieve department performance goals (ie. PPV, LCR sourcing, OTD, and successful new product development launches (cost, timing, inventory, etc)).


Develop and manage new sources for existing materials where doing so will improve overall quality, on time delivery, inventory reduction, and PPV goals.

Utilize available tools (DBS toolbox, reverse auction, LCR sourcing, kaizen, direct negotiation, etc) to achieve best overall supply chain solution for quality, delivery, and cost.




Reports to Purchasing Manager or to Purchasing Team Leader.


Works directly with New Product Introduction group, Design Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, Area Supervisors, Materials Planning Personnel, Supplier Quality Engineers, Cell Operators, and Members of Management.


Measures of Performance




Supplier Quality


Support of OTD


PPV / VAVE (purchase price variance/cost reduction)


Supplier performance


New Product launches


Low Cost Region and Best Cost Region sourcing


Background and Skills

A.S. or B.S. in Engineering (electrical, electronic, mechanical), and minimum of 5 years in a direct electronics manufacturing role in procurement.

Ability to work without close supervision.

Proficient at the use of MS office applications including Word, Excel, Project, and Access.

Understanding of Lean Manufacturing and Project Management concepts and methods.

Personal Trait Profile


Excellent communication skills to work with operators, peers, and management


Technically capable of grasping new concepts quickly


Ability to organize a complex array of data and develop prioritization


Functions effectively as a team member and a recognized leader in fast-paced, multi-disciplinary environment


Prone to take responsibility and make decisions


Self motivated and a high achiever

Danaher Overview

Microscopes that let researchers see life at 100 nanometers in three dimensions. Dental diagnostics that spot decay as it forms, enabling painless, noninvasive treatments. Disinfection technologies that help ensure safe drinking water at the rate of billions of gallons of water a day. Transaction systems that bring new levels of speed and security to consumers. Network analyzers that link seamlessly with sophisticated software to maximize uptime.

Danaher products span some of the most demanding applications in the world, creating new possibilities not only for those who use them, but for millions more who never give them a moment’s thought. In every case, they’re delivering benefits that matter to markets that are eager for innovation. And we are doing it through a customer-centric approach that unites our businesses and has made them global leaders.

Danaher has a proven system for achieving performance: the Danaher Business System (DBS). It drives every aspect of the group’s culture and performance. DBS is a system of continuous improvement and is used to guide and measure everyday activities.

Danaher’s business activities encompass four reporting segments and are comprised of seven strategic platforms: Medical Technologies (Life Sciences & Diagnostics and Dental), Professional Instrumentation (Environmental, Test & Measurement), Industrial Technologies (Motion, Product ID, Focused Niche Businesses) and Tools & Components (Mechanic’s Hand Tools).



Veeder Root

Job Function


Supply Chain / Logistics

Primary Location


North America-United States-PA-Altoona






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