Senior Buyer

Reporting to the Director of Supply Chain, the Senior Buyer will be responsible for procuring direct materials and services used by Unitech Composites. Assigned commodities may include sheet metal, machined metal, pre-preg materials, chemicals, adhesives, and/or COTS hardware. Specific responsibilities include issuing and managing purchase orders, developing new suppliers, supplier performance management, negotiating supplier contracts, and leading cost savings and commodity improvement initiatives.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for procuring a wide variety of supplies and services that are often complex in nature.
  • Creates and manages Purchase Orders per MRP requirements. Responsive to MRP demand fluctuations to support production requirements.
  • Supplies and services are purchased at the lowest possible price consistent with required quality and/or delivery schedules, in accordance with applicable government and company regulations.
  • Develops and manages the supply base for components being introduced to and currently included in production, with emphasis on securing better-value sources of supply.
  • Negotiates and coordinates procurement for long-lead components; negotiates long-term pricing for production components; coordinates procurement of first production components through First Article Inspection (FAI) approval process, while following established purchasing policies and procedures.
  • Creates, negotiates, implements, and manages long-term purchase agreements with critical suppliers.
  • Understands and reviews purchased part design changes to ensure accuracy and effective approval through Change Control Board (CCB), engineering specifications to ensure that they meet design and manufacturing requirements, and supplier production manufacturing processes to ensure efficiencies and cost savings opportunities are maximized.
  • Alongside Supplier Quality, oversees supplier performance, monitors corrective actions and addresses systemic quality concerns with the supplier as required.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university or an equivalent combination of formal education, on-the-job training, and/or work experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience, including the following
    • Proven negotiation skills and the ability to manage multiple suppliers to deliver positive value to the organization.
    • Demonstrated ability to deliver results in a manufacturing environment.
    • Experience with MRP / ERP systems.
    • Knowledge of Bill of Materials (BOM) structure.
    • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with and knowledge of fabricated metal parts and associated processes/finishing requirements highly preferred.
  • Experience in a highly regulated industry, especially aerospace.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Strong communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated ability to successfully work cross-functionally in the business.
  • Well organized with solid judgment; able to multitask and adjust to changing priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
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