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Innovative Procurement/Buyer Opportunity!

We are seeking a buyer to have a role in coordinating the procurement of multiple, complex components, and parts in order to support new product development.  


Position Highlights:

  • Impact – Opportunity to impact the bottom line through value-based cost saving measures for our Iconic Brand of Products! 
  • Innovation – We are seeking an individual that can identify areas of supply chain improvement, supplier development, etc.
  • Complex Spend – assist in the procurement of multiple complex components with experience in developing low cost country and/or U.S. dollar stable sourcing regions.
  • Recognized leader - Rated #1 in industry and one of America’s Great Brands.
  • Cool Products – If you are into Power Equipment, what an opportunity to assist in procurement of components required to manufacture/sell cool products!   
Job Duties & Responsibilities
  • Responsible for coordinating the procurement of multiple, moderately complex components and parts, to support production and operation.
  • Reviews and analyzes procurement requirements and places orders accordingly, using appropriate system (e.g., Material Requirement Planning).
  • 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, information to assess financial stability and manufacturing capabilities of suppliers, and assists in making sourcing decisions for the STIHL Group.
  • 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.
  • Is able to organize and execute advanced negotiation techniques and demonstrate consistent cost savings results and meet company targets.
  • Proactively performs supplier management activities through business reviews, supplier visits, and risk assessments. Acts as the voice of the customer and able to clearly communicate the company’s needs and demands to the suppliers.
  • Visits supplier locations to negotiate prices, review and analyze operations, and check quality, evaluating short-term and long-term ability of suppliers to meet company expectations.
  • Works with other department personnel, such as Production, Quality Assurance, Engineering, etc. to  resolve defective or unacceptable goods, plan for future requirements, or incorporate technical needs into future bids and proposals.  Refers more complex problems to higher level Procurement Buyers or to supervisor.
  • Assumes additional related responsibilities as required.
  • 4 year college degree in related discipline or experience equivalent.
  • 4+ years of related experience.

Nearest Major Market: Virginia Beach