Junior Buyer

Department: Operations-Purchasing Reports To: Purchasing Manager
Prepared By: Human Resources Status: Full Time Non-Exempt, Hourly
SUMMARYResponsible for maintaining and improving supplier relationships to ensure continuous improvement in the quality, timeliness, and total cost of purchased components and services.  Responsible for maintaining the production schedule by ensuring materials are ordered to meet job requirements.


This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary to meet the needs of the organization from time to time, as needed.

  1. Proactively manages materials through utilization of MRP/ERP tools, including forecast analysis and on-going maintenance of other MRP planning parameters such as lead times, lot sizes, economic order quantities, and safety stock levels.
  2. Accurately maintains component and delivery information in the ERP system.
  3. Review component requirements daily. Through the creation and maintenance of purchase orders, support all requirements for assigned components at least total cost while meeting quality and delivery expectations.
  4. Advises all affected parties of the impact of changes in component price, availability, or quality.
  5. Participate in various business teams within the company that focus on cost reductions, lead time reductions, supplier consolidation, international sourcing efforts, and other continuous improvement initiatives.
  6. Participate with the Supplier Quality Department on supplier audits and the qualification of new suppliers.
  7. Develop creative approaches to reduce unfavorable purchase price variances and the overall supplier base.
  8. Assist with other materials projects to reduce the lead time of materials from vendor to customer including JIT, Kanban, and other inventory handling techniques and computerized vendor replenishment systems.
  9. Assist Material Returns Coordinator with review and disposition of non-conforming materials.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Requires a minimum of a High school diploma and 1-3 years of experience in commodity management, material planning, scheduling, or direct purchasing in a manufacturing environment. An Associate’s degree or formal training in the state of the art materials planning/handling concepts and techniques (i.e.: JIT, KANBAN, DFT) is preferred.


  1. Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and other Microsoft Office applications. Previous experience using and a thorough understanding of MRP/ERP systems is a plus.
  2. Well organized; ability to effectively manage and prioritize several tasks on a regular basis.
  3. Must possess ability to manage dynamic environment and changing requirements and possess continuous improvement skills.
  4. Ability to make sound decisions related to scheduling, inventory investment, and customer service.
  5. Knowledge of inventory procedures and techniques, including ABC analysis and kanban/pull systems.
  6. Ability to develop positive and effective relationships with suppliers, intra-departmentally, as well as in other areas of the company.
  7. Must possess strong analysis and problem-solving skills.
  8. Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills in order to communicate effectively and comfortably as well as interact professionally and courteously with other Associates, vendors, and customers.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The phrases “occasionally,” “regularly,” and “frequently” correspond to the following definitions: “Occasionally” means up to 1/3 of working time, “regularly” means between 1/3 and 2/3 of working time, and “frequently” means 2/3 and more working time.

While performing the duties and responsibilities of this position, the Associate must possess mobility to work in a standard office and ability to navigate about the manufacturing floor and warehouses safely in a normal manufacturing work environment and to use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to attend meetings at various sites within and away from the office, as needed. The Associate will frequently talk and listen and must be able to hear and speak to communicate in person and over the telephone.  He or she will occasionally sit, stand, use hands to finger to effectively use keyboard, handle or touch, and move from place to place. Specific vision requirements for this position include ability to read printed materials and a computer screen.  This position is factory based, in Mequon, WI.

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