Senior Buyer

Job Locations US-SC-Spartanburg
Regular Full-Time
1st Shift


The Senior Buyer is responsible for the purchasing of raw materials, equipment and/or services to support the manufacturing organization. This position will actively manage the supplier base, identify and resolve resource constraints, and will take appropriate actions in order to achieve established schedule and customer commitments.  The Senior Buyer will support the effort in creating a culture of continuous improvement that facilitates effective problem solving, process and product improvement.


  • Negotiates, processes and monitors standard and blanket purchase orders to achieve negotiated savings requirements, minimize unfavorable purchase price variance (PPV), assure on-time delivery and achieve effective inventory management.
  • Communicates daily, weekly and forecasted requirements with suppliers. Obtains supplier delivery commitments and reconcile open order requirements.  Expedites delinquent orders and notifies the appropriate department of any delays.
  • Analyzes and reports metrics and trends on on-time delivery, supplier performance, quality, inventory, price variances (PPV) for products in his/her area of responsibility.
  • Uses the master production schedule and supplier kanbans to plan and execute purchase orders.
  • Leader or participant in internal SOP processes; demand planning and product forecasting
  • Obtains and analyzes quotations, negotiates prices and terms with suppliers, and recommends suppliers with respect to cost, quality and delivery competitiveness for raw materials, supplies, equipment, and services necessary for the operation of the organization.
  • Maintains the Supplier and Item Master record in the ERP system (pricing, lead-times and MOQ).
  • Interfaces with other departments such as Production, Planning, Customer Service, Sales, Product Management, Research and Development, Accounting and Quality in an effort to meet the customer requested dates identified by the product schedule.
  • Proactively manages finished goods and raw material inventory levels for assigned areas at or below given target.
  • Leads continuous improvement and cost reduction projects for the assigned areas of responsibility including negotiating with suppliers to reduce overall purchase / inventory / shipping costs including but not limited to purchase price, delivery schedules, optimized transportation schedules, minimum / multiple order quantities, etc.
  • Participates and works within ISO 9001-2008 quality standards guidelines in accordance with Contec’s quality goals.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Basic understanding of technical product specifications and market forces impacting commodities in his/her area of responsibility (product training required during first 6 months after onboarding).
  • IT - Proficient working in an MRP environment; Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Negotiation skills - Has had formal negotiation training. Has domestic based skills and experience in negotiations. Has mixed results in negotiations.  Reasonable preparedness for negotiations.
  • Supplier interaction, management and evaluation: Has demonstrated mastery of some of the following: Value creation, engagement with high level contacts, frequent and effective supplier reviews, integration of people, process and tools. Ability to execute on tactical aspects (transitions, supplier improvement, communication). Ability to communicate/ negotiate with suppliers based on results of monitoring.
  • Inventory Management - Understanding and practical knowledge of MRP and Kanban systems. Uses “ABC” approach to inventory and stock/order replenishment systems and performs data analysis to develop strategies and tools to impact QDC and inventory turns with minimal direction.  Demonstrated experience successfully implementing Kanban system.
  • Global Business Experience - Understanding and practical experience sourcing from global suppliers, currency exchange, logistics and trade regulatory compliance. Experience with domestic and international freight and logistics focused upon improvements in QDC. Experience with and understanding of international shipping and trade compliance procedures.  Ability to make total delivered cost comparisons that include product and logistics costs.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations. Demonstrates attention to detail.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Able to demonstrate support and adherence to Contec’s core values: respect for others, doing “whatever it takes” within Contec’s core values, vision and strategic direction, exhibiting integrity, having a tolerance for risk, understanding there is life outside of work, enjoying the ride.


Bachelor’s degree (B.A., B.S.) from four-year college or university; or eight to ten years related experience or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience


8+ years of experience in an advanced buyer or sourcing role preferred. Experience with ERP system and lean manufacturing is required. Hands on experience in negotiating supplier agreements and implementing successful supplier kanbans.

Experience with project management either in a training setting or hands on preferred. 


APICS certification or in- process certification preferred.  Memberships in professional organizations related to the supply chain management field a plus.


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