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Universal Electric Corporation is seeking a Buyer. The Buyer performs tasks associated with ordering and expediting finished goods, components, packaging materials, raw materials and MRO commodities. Pro-active and direct communication with suppliers is vital. Process Purchase Orders (PO’s), place and expedite orders, and resolve related problems of significant complexity.  Participate in internal projects as assigned.

Essential Functions

  • Manages supplier relationships and works to improve “overall” supplier performance
  • Plans and issues purchase orders in support of engineering and production requirements
  • Manage purchasing activities to ensure that sufficient parts are on hand to meet short range schedules for make-to-order products
  • Monitors and communicates supplier performance for delivery, quality and cost management
  • Implement commodity strategies to ensure long-term, cost effective supply of materials
  • Evaluates SL data, weekly inventory reports, and other data resources in determining purchase order quantities
  • Researches potential Suppliers and/or Service Providers to meet sourcing requirements, as applicable
  • Performs other Procurement-related administrative tasks including, but not limited to, Invoice Discrepancy Resolution, Payment Authorizations, Compiling Statistical data and Reports, Maintaining Partnership meeting minutes, etc.
  • Maintains Supplier Management processes (e.g. qualification, selection, evaluation, development, classification); update supplier evaluation systems to obtain and the best suppliers and ensure transparency
  • Establishes inventory requirements by studying manufacturing history and production forecasts
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in trade shows and educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations. Participate in special Kaizen projects and internal functional committees, as assigned
  • Plans work and personal development goals, working in conjunction with manager as needed
  • Follows-up on acknowledgements and open purchase order reports to eliminate bottlenecks
  • Contributes to the implementation and ensure usage of globally defined methods, processes, and systems to ensure high process efficiency and process compliance
  • Identifies and follows-up on internal customer issues, implement approved process improvements resulting in increased customer satisfaction

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Flexibility to adjust and thrive in an environment with changing requirements, schedules, and priorities for multiple projects and assignments
  • Strong desire to promote positive change
  • Self-driven and resourceful to achieve goals independently as well as work well in groups
  • Complex problem solving skills– ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Critical thinking skills – able to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Well-developed communicates skills; able to clearly and concisely express information (or data) to associates, peers, and management
  • Knowledge of customer principles and processes for providing customer service. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for service and evaluation of customer satisfaction

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management or Business or equivalent years of experience
  • One to four years purchasing materials in a manufacturing environment
  • MRP or ERP software experience required.  Infor CloudSuite preferred.
  • Demonstrated excellent negotiation skills
  • Global sourcing experience, in electronic components preferred
  • Advanced in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Working Conditions / Physical Requirements
  • Primary environment: ambient room temperatures, lighting and traditional office equipment as found in a typical office environment.
  • The performance of this position may occasionally require exposure to the manufacturing areas where under certain areas require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses and mandatory hearing protection.
  • Regularly required to stand; walk and communicate with others
  • Ability to sit for prolonged periods of time;
  • Able to lift and carry up to 25lbs

Note: The above Job Description is representative of the responsibilities and qualifications necessary to be successful in this role. It does not encompass every job duty or responsibility; other tasks may be assigned as necessary. Further the job description does not alter the at-will nature of employment with UEC and does not create a contract of employment. 


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