East Peoria, IL
Summary: The main function of a buyer is to purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. A typical buyer is responsible for buying goods and services for use by their company or organization. A purchasing agent is responsible for the purchase of machinery, equipment, parts, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment.
Review and potentially optimize suppliers based on price, quality, selection, service, support, availability and other relevant factors.
Approve purchases of the highest quality merchandise at the lowest possible price and in correct amounts.
Approve purchase orders, solicit bid proposals, and review requisitions for goods and services.
Instruct staff on how to resolve problems related to undelivered goods.
Instruct staff on methods of negotiation, renegotiation and administration of contracts with suppliers, vendors and other representatives.
Confer with staff, users, and vendors to discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services and determine corrective action.
Evaluate and monitor contract performance to ensure compliance with contractual obligations and to determine need for changes.
Manage just-in-time inventory.
Attend trade shows.
Verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, negotiation skills and interpersonal skills.
Ability to analyze financial reports, price proposals and other technical data.
Ability to accurately document and record customer/client information.
Basic mentoring skills necessary to provide support and constructive performance feedback.
Ability to evaluate suppliers.
Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations related to purchasing.
Knowledge of supply chain management.
Previous experience with computer applications, such as Microsoft Word and Excel.
Bachelor's degree in finance or a related business field required. 5-7 years finance related experience required.
Position’s Contributions to Work Group:
- Support the current buyer’s workload and transition into having responsibility for multiple suppliers.
Typical task breakdown:
- Maintain/build a collaborative relationship with the supply base to meet Client’s cost, delivery and quality targets.
Interaction with team:
- Work daily with buyers/SCE’s/Supply chain to resolve issues to meet Client schedules.
Team is located in building KK in East Peoria.
Education & Experience Required:
- Bachelor’s degree, 5-7 years of experience. Internships are considered as experience.
Analytical skills capable to resolve complex issues.
Must be highly motivated with the ability to simultaneously manage multiple issues.
Knowledge of machining or foundry processes are highly desired.
Able to negotiate complex issue with the suppliers. Attention to detail. Superior written and communication skills.
Proficient in Excel