• 13-Jan-2021 to 14-Feb-2021 (CST)
  • Purchasing
  • Hudson, WI, USA
  • Based on Experience
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Senior Buyer


Reports to Title:          Director of Procurement

Direct Reports:            No

Location:                     Hudson, WI


Main Purpose of Job

Under general supervision, evaluates material usage requirements, sourcing of materials, managing and executing vendor agreements, prepare purchase orders, implement, and execute strategic planning efforts to ensure adequate supplies of materials to meet business and financial goals while maintaining timely and efficient production using effective Supply Chain methods, techniques, and strategies.


Examples of Duties


  • Discover and develop relationships with suppliers needed for new or existing products. Review and executes engineering change notice specifications, identifies potential suppliers, and advises on projected costs, availability, and possible substitutions. Obtains sample parts and provides to engineering or production for evaluation. Gathers data and reports on acceptability of proposed components.


  • Negotiates with suppliers on pricing and terms within established limits. Prepares and manages Request for Proposals (RFP) projects and facilitates supplier agreements using standardized forms. Initiates returns of rejected parts for credit or repair. Investigates and resolves discrepancies between purchase orders and invoices or packing slips.


  • Forecast future demand for components based on historical trends and expected volume. Evaluates vendor lead times and minimum order quantities, and sets parameters such as safety stock levels, re-order points, delivery frequency to meet business goals to support company and divisional goals. In addition, Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) programs will be initiated to reduce lead times and inventory levels.


  • Intervenes when necessary to expedite deliveries and/or find alternative solutions. Alerts sales and production to situations where customer commitments could be at risk. Initiates purchase orders or the release of products supplied under blanket purchase orders by completing the appropriate documents.


  • Monitors inventories for slow moving components and adjusts reorder points as necessary to maintain acceptable inventory turnover. Reviews Engineering Change Notices for components that will become obsolete, and coordinates with engineering and production managers to avoid overstocks. Identifies components to be returned to the vendor or disposed of if not needed in production.


  • Gathers data and enters it into spreadsheet and/or database documents for analysis. Develops spreadsheet formulas and database queries. Creates graphs and charts for presentation or reporting on past due orders, rescheduled orders, accounts payable issues, inventory levels, and other metrics.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable skill in using the following Microsoft Office products: Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Outlook as well as utilizing an MRP based system.
  • Able to multitask, in a high change environment with a passion for process change.
  • Good understanding of logistics, warehousing and inventory management are highly sought.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Good organizational skills.


Minimum Qualifications

  • BS or BA degree in related field of Supply Chain, Purchasing, or Engineering
  • APIC or ISM (CPM, CPSM) certified would be helpful and a plus.
  • Minimum 5 years purchasing experience in an Industrial/manufacturing environment with MRP experience.
  • Background experience in purchasing of any refrigeration components: Coils, Compressors, Copper, Sheet Metal, Doors and Hardware is a plus.


RSG is an EEO employer as defined by the EEOC.



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