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Buyer - Sr

Date: Aug 4, 2019

Location: Paris, IL, US, 61944

Company: North American Lighting

Job Summary

Purchases production materials, components, equipment, tooling, MRO items, and services utilizing new and/or existing suppliers in support of the company’s operations, and manages quality, cost, and on-time delivery of goods and services of assigned supply base.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

1.Responsible for strategic sourcing of assigned commodity parts
2.Negotiate product and tooling price based on cost modeling and established business targets for profitabilityand ROI
3.Develops and executes sourcing strategies and prepares monthly reports to track and show sourcing strategyand progress, including achievement of spend reduction targets (PPV)
4.Identify Cost Improvement opportunities and price/cost negations with supply base prior to program launch
5.Drafts sourcing recommendations for award summarizing the bid history and justifying the selection of awardedbidder
6.Manage supply base to include renewal of agreements and assisting suppliers in problem solving and tracking
corrective actions.
7.Conduct supplier assessments for potential new suppliers
8.Perform advanced purchasing activities regarding gathering sourcing requirements for RFC and RFQ’s, performingsupplier identification, supplier audits, sourcing evaluation, identifying new material and new processes leadingthe selection process.
9.Link and leverage new business with existing business and supply base to support commodity objectives
10.Studies market trends, interviews vendors, and identifies new domestic and global suppliers
11.Support Program Management in organizing sourcing team meetings to ensure sourcing decisions are in line withprogram deliverables and track product through pre-source to post-source phases
12.Manage the procurement of supplier tooling, fixtures, equipment necessary to support sourced supplier
13.Works with Supplier Quality Engineering (SQE) for source selection and Kaizen activities
14.Performs problem solving activities with suppliers, and establishes continuous improvement targets
15.Prepares and presents information for ECMreview
16.Acts as resource person for Core Team activities, and participates in design process reviews
17.Learns and keeps current on manufacturing processes, market trends and technicaldevelopment
18.Identifies and works with suppliers and internal resources to resolve delivery problems
19.Releases requisitions, prints out orders, and transmits orders electronically to suppliers
20.Verify supplier production capacities against current and forecasted volume requirements.
21.Management of localized or new purchased parts:monitor and report targets and overall part,material and supplierstatus.
22.Elevates issues to management as necessary to resolve build issues while working on solutions
23.Communicates with suppliers on EDI problems, testing, etc
24.Working with stakeholders andmanagement teams to implement and enforce policies that increase spend visibilityand compliance.
25.Works closely with Finance teams to expedite receiving and AP processes
26.Acts on own initiative, takes responsivity for results
27.Uses a methodical and systematic approach; plans ahead, defines clear priorities and allocates resources


28. Quickly understands and analyzes complex issues and problem; comes up with sound rational judgements
29. Communicates in a clear, precise, and structured way; speaks with authority and conviction; presents effectively
30. Cooperates well with others; shares knowledge, experience and information; supports others in the pursuit of team
31. Adheres to company rules and procedures; executes plans with commitment and determination; achieves high
quality results.
32. Provides information to freight provider regarding all expedites (other than supplier past due).
33. Supports Corporate Purchasing Department monthly, quarterly and annual goals and objectives
34. Supports new program launch activities with new/existing materials/suppliers
35. Learns and keeps current on manufacturing processes, market trends, and technical development
36. Performs other duties as assigned


1. BA/BS in Business or a related discipline
2. (Degree in Engineering or Supply Chain Management preferred)
3. 5 years or more of professional experience in purchasing or a related function; including experience negotiating with suppliers and managing the supply base post-negotiations.
4. Prior purchasing experience involving spend in excess of $30 million is beneficial. Must have prior experience with global or regional sourcing processes / decision making.
5. Must have prior experience preparing and delivering presentations to senior management as well as experience presenting information to suppliers and internal customers.
6. Must be able to independently troubleshoot issues/concerns and determine course of action.
7. (Experience in global sourcing, and evaluating and monitoring vendor performance preferred)
8. Strong knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
a. Knowledge of TS-16949 requirements
b. Excellent written and verbal communications and presentation skills
c. Problem solving and analytical skills with attention to detail
d. MS Office and related business software packages
e. Organizational and planning skills; maintain a clean work environment
f. Interpersonal skills — to confidently interact with individuals at all levels of authority

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Requisition ID: 2372

Location: Paris CHQ 

Nearest Major Market: Decatur

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