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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 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Assumes additional related responsibilities as required.
4 year college degree in related discipline or experience equivalent.

Nearest Major Market: Virginia Beach