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Buyer - Series


As a family-owned company, it’s the people who continue to make STIHL a successful, world-class brand. STIHL is seeking a highly motivated, ambitious Buyer to join our Purchasing Team at STIHL’s corporate headquarters in Virginia Beach!

This person will be responsible for coordinating activities involved in the procurement of goods and services required for production and operation within established guidelines, in addition to providing administrative, research, and project support to company personnel involved in analyzing material performance, supplier capabilities, and unit costs.


Position highlights include: 
• Benefits – Competitive health insurance, compensation, 401K, bonuses, relocation assistance and PENSION!

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for coordinating the procurement of least complex components and parts in order to maintain proper levels of production and operation.
  • Reviews and analyzes procurement requirements in MRP (Material Requirement Planning), monitoring inventory levels, reconciling inventory levels with planning schedules, and placing orders to maintain inventory levels.
  • Schedules deliveries to maximize inventory needs, following up on deliveries by communicating with suppliers, determining excess and obsolete material and making recommendations on disposition of such items, and negotiating with suppliers on consignment inventories.
  • Researches and develops competent suppliers of high quality components by preparing bids, proposals, or other informational requests that contain material specification and supplier operational data. Analyzes requested materials, assessing financial stability and manufacturing capabilities of suppliers.
  • Maintains positive relations with existing suppliers through thorough communications of STIHL philosophy, material requirements, and pricing objectives.
  • Contacts suppliers regarding material problems, such as delayed receipt, poor quality, wrong items, etc., and resolves issues.
  • Visits supplier locations to negotiate prices, review and analyze operations, and check quality, evaluating short-term and long-term ability of suppliers to meet STIHL expectations.
  • Works with other department personnel, such as Production, Quality Assurance, Engineering, etc. to rectify defective or unacceptable goods or incorporate technical needs into future bids and proposals.
  • Refers more complex problems or issues to higher level Procurement Buyers or to supervisor.
  • Maintains records and documentation pertaining to past activities, order specifications, supplier specifications and performance histories, etc. and provides information to management as needed.
  • Works with Accounts Payable to ensure timely payment of conforming materials received and return/rework of materials that are defective.
  • Approves invoices for payment. Maintains currency with respect to technical and professional skills by attending training classes, special technical and administration courses, seminars, exhibits and trade shows as needed.
  • All work affecting product quality shall be competent on the basis of appropriate education, training, skills, and experience.
  • Assumes additional related responsibilities as required.


  • 4 year college degree in related discipline or experience equivalent.
  • 1+ years of relevant experience

Nearest Major Market: Virginia Beach