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Senior Buyer

Location: Grovetown
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

REPORTS TO: Purchasing Manager

PURPOSE OF POSITION: To procure and plan international and domestic commodities, raw materials, resale items, equipment, supplies, and services.

AUTHORITY: To procure within guidelines and policies materials, supplies and services to m maintain an efficient and economic operation of the company.


1. Procures raw materials, pump parts, castings, machining, shafting, drive components, capital equipment, and other items as delegated by the Purchasing Manager. Selects suppliers, evaluates quality performance, and negotiates prices and terms. Implement framework agreements with a focus on specific year over year cost savings, inventory, and performance standards.
2. May manage one to three employees responsible for their negotiations, training, and evaluations.
3. Works closely with plants and supplier to ensure optimal quantities and timely delivery of products.
4. Primary interface with KSB Category Manager(s). Improve involvement with category managers in purchasing. Push for gathering sourcing insights and leveraging their experience with international suppliers to improve our supply base in North America.
5. Work experience with international and long lead time supply chain activities.
6. Review and validate daily purchase requests for accuracy and completeness of information. Formulate technical requests for supplier bids, review and analyze supplier bid proposals identifying best fit per production schedule or technical requirements, and ability to negotiate and secure competitive pricing and best lead time.
7. Negotiates contracts, pricing, lead-times, and cost effective logistics and advising Purchasing Manager of changes in prices, deliveries, suppliers, etc., and ability to show metrics and indices. Develop policies to insert purchasing in the pathway to prevent contract negotiations and signed documents from being released to a vendor.
8. Ability to assess yearly product demands and work with suppliers to develop and implement cost reduction and cost avoidance programs. Develop new methods to reduce cost. Supplier programs can include stocking or consignment agreements, extended payment terms, volume rebates, early payment rebates, and ability to effectively review and evaluate supplier agreements.
9. Works with Inventory Management and supplier for optimal lot sizes. Work with transportation management to develop low cost shipping methods.
10. Tracks, manages and resolves supplier related issues that impact quality, cost and schedule. Takes action to reduce and eliminate late deliveries.
11. Reconciles and approves payment to suppliers for materials and/or services rendered.
12. Assists team and other departments in the investigation of purchase related data and/or issues. Assists with writing scope of work requirements for purchases. Responsible for larger projects for the Purchasing Department.
13. Negotiates adjustment with suppliers when problems arise.
14. Monitors supplier's quality and performance according to the Supplier Certification, ISO Policies and Procedures, and Continuous Improvement Program. Supports Sourcing in establishing, maintaining and improving vendor qualification as well as approved vendor list.
15. Resolves and processes assigned Non-Conformance Issues with Suppliers.
16. Performs Supplier Audits and yearly review in accordance with GIW and KSB procedures.
17. Responsible for all SAP master data input and integrity related to assigned commodities (e.g., material master, purchasing information records, and source records)
18. Responsible for the country of origin certification of assigned commodities updating Export/Import Compliance Manager
19. Coordinates design engineering changes required for purchased materials. Expedites and follows up on purchase order status, design changes, and material master data.
20. Analytical problem solving with root cause analysis skills required.
21. SAP Key User as assigned
22. Travel may be required.
23. Performs other duties as requested by management.

--- Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from four-year College or University or equivalent combination of education and experience in Supply Chain, Finance, Business Administration, or Engineering preferred.
--- MBA or equivalent Masters Level degree preferred
--- Six to ten years' proven purchasing experience, preferably within a manufacturing or related environment
--- Analytical skills including ability to problem solve, manage shifting deadlines and priorities in fast paced environment
--- Ability to add value, reduce costs, and make business improvements
--- Ability to independently organize, direct, and coordinate manufacturing purchasing programs
--- Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with Suppliers, Internal Customers, and co-workers and to present ideas effectively, orally, and in writing
--- General knowledge of general accounting principles, product costing, internal accounting controls, and financial analysis
--- General knowledge of manufacturing MRP/ERP systems, manufacturing processes, supply chain management, contract administration, contract negotiation skills, planning, inventory control, quality control, project management, and domestic/international logistics
--- Effective verbal and written communication skills
--- Proficient use of SAP or equivalent ERP, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), and Outlook computer programs needed.
--- Efficient organization and time-management skills
--- Experience in cross-functional/cross-business team environment
--- Strong team player with good interpersonal skills at all levels of personnel
--- C.P.M., CPSM, or APICs certification a plus.

GIW Industries, Inc. (A KSB Company) is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. GIW Industries, Inc. (A KSB Company) makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.


Keywords: GIW INDUSTRIES, INC., Augusta , Senior Buyer, Professions , Grovetown, Georgia

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