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Senior Buyer

Post date

January 24, 2020


Auburn Hills, Michigan


Supply Chain


Full Time



Position Summary

Position Title: Senior Buyer


Classification: Salary


Reporting to: VP or Supply Chain Manager



At Esys Automation, our culture of Excellence, Teamwork and Family is very important to our business and future.  We strive to attract and retain the best team members and to be a Workplace of Choice.  Our desired environment fosters team work, learning and creativity.  And our teams enjoy a high level of autonomy and responsibility that promotes innovative thinking and ownership.


The Buyer will assist in the development of procurement plans and decisions to satisfy the material and service needs of the organization, as well as setting strategies and providing best in-class service to the program team. In addition, the Buyer is responsible for purchasing materials in the proper quantity and highest quality along with optimum levels of cost and necessity.


Essential Functions:

·        Responsible for all commercial activities with suppliers such as negotiating proposals and obtaining product and/or service information such as price, payment terms, delivery and other items as necessary with suppliers

·        Issue RFQ's, Statements of Work, and blanket, contract or spot buy purchase orders

·        Process material and service requisitions in a timely manner to prevent downtime and ensure uninterrupted supply

·        Purchasing of direct material from project bills of material in a manner that is consistent with Supply Chain Management and corporate strategy

·        Enter purchase orders into purchasing system(s) as needed and ensure proper documentation of supplier and purchasing related material, both paper and digital, is filed appropriately

·        Keep abreast of industry developments within all manufacturing groupings (assembly, machining, etc.) to be applied to all future sourcing/quoting decisions

·        Supports long term supplier strategy, cost management, and obtains the optimum combination of cost, quality, delivery and service from suppliers

·        Assists in expediting material when necessary

·        Develops an in-depth product and process knowledge base about the commodity supplier base including thorough understanding of the entire value-added chain and cost drivers through supplier workshops, plant visits, technical reviews, benchmarking activity, etc.

·        Investigate, develop and maintain supplier relationships to ensure timely receipt of parts and to ensure quality of parts received

·        Attend and participate in group and project meetings.

·        Assists with correcting discrepant supplier invoices and packing slips when necessary

·        Track supplier non-conformance, corrective actions and facilitate material returns through RMA process

·        Investigate, review and analyze sources to select most efficient and cost-effective supplier; evaluate costs continually to ensure efficiency of operations by market testing

·        Establish and maintain long term, positive working relationships with suppliers, customers and internal team members and interact with a high level of professionalism and ethics

·        Communicates timing of material delivery, payment terms and product discrepancies

·        Works to help achieve departmental and business unit goals, with a strong emphasis on working capital management, supplier on time delivery and material cost savings and avoidance

·        Work closely with Commodity/Strategic Purchasing Team to ensure each business unit is achieving the best possible value available from the supply base

·        Work with Supply Chain Management team members from other business units to ensure common process, procedures and best practices are shared and implemented as appropriate

·        Mentor Associate Buyer(s) to ensure they are following processes and procedures

·        Demonstrates a commitment to safe work practices while on Esys, supplier or customer premises

·        Understands and effectively employs the Esys Quality Management System (QMS)

·        Demonstrates a commitment to Esys Core Beliefs

·        Ensures that Esys products and services continue to be the benchmark within the industry

·        Any other work as assigned by the Supply Chain Manager from time to time


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

·        Excellent analytical and creative problem solving skills

·        Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, Google Applications (such as Gmail, Calendar and Docs), and ERP systems, as well as a strong aptitude for software/technology processes

·        Ability to work onsite within the Esys offices or at supplier and/or customer locations as required

·        Ability to interact professionally with suppliers and customers, and maintain a positive working relationship, which at times may be under difficult circumstances and/or high-pressure situations

·        Ability to engage with all areas of the organization, including Engineering, Project Management, Sales, Logistics, and Manufacturing

·        Ability to analyze data and processes, and recommend solutions to enhance productivity and/or efficiencies

·        Ability to read and comprehend legal documents, such as contracts or import/export agreements

·        Advanced negotiation skills to achieve best pricing and terms & conditions

·        Advanced knowledge of manufacturing and fabrication processes, including machining techniques


Required Education and Experience:

·        Bachelor’s Degree in an Business Management, Supply Chain Management, Engineering or related discipline or equivalent experience

·        Five or more years' experience in strategic or operational procurement in an automation, capital equipment and/or machine tool environment, managing at least $10m in spend

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At JR Automation, we focus on our customers. And we take care of each other. Large as we've grown, we've held onto our small-business roots, and there's a personal, human touch in everything we do. We work hard, and we work together. We pursue shared interests and mutual benefit. We encourage ambitious ideas, and we never give up or give our second-best effort. Curiosity, humility, and determination in the face of tough challenges help make the world better for all of us. So we believe the future is bright, because we're building it together.