Buyer II — Materials Purchasing Team
Who You Are
You are a team player who works hard, while still being able to enjoy both your work and collaboration with others you support within the broader organization. You are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, and your results-driven motivation makes you stand out in a crowd. Your proven track record of making good business decisions and getting the job done builds confidence in others around you.
You are well versed in purchasing and sourcing essentials, quoting, competitive pricing, and negotiation and have good supplier performance management abilities. You are able to build and maintain relationships with key suppliers and affect positive outcomes.
You continually think of ways to improve yourself and our processes. You are open to input from others and are always willing to help out wherever needed.
- Prior relative experience in a buyer role, preferably in a manufacturing business
- Prior experience with MRP/ERP systems
- Comfortable working with a PC in a repetitive task structured environment
- Experience in Microsoft Excel/Word and Google Suite products
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; both written and verbal
- Effective problem-solving skills
- Analytical approach with strong attention to detail; well organized with good follow through
- Ability to provide good customer service
- Dependable with good attendance and punctuality
Traits for Success
- Demonstrates a high level of professionalism
- Works effectively in a cross-functional team environment
- Fosters positive working relationships while building trust with peers
- Desires to learn, grow, and excel
- Is self-motivated with a desire for all to succeed
Education and Experience
- High school diploma or (GED) required, Associates degree or higher preferred
- APICS CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) or ISM CPSC (Certified Professional in Supply Management®) certification desired
- 5–7 years hands-on purchasing experience
- Familiar with electronics components, electro-mechanical assemblies, and working with contract manufacturers
About the Materials Purchasing Team
Our Materials Purchasing Team is a highly focused, results-driven group that works cohesively toward a common goal. We work to create a positive working atmosphere and support each other. We combine individual strengths in order to enhance overall team performance.
The team excels at what they do, especially during peak times. During the spring and summer months, our Supply Chain and Purchasing activities become more challenging as our production levels and order fulfillment activities significantly increase and a team of seasonal workers are brought onboard. The team takes pride in working with our suppliers to order, schedule, and deliver all the materials required to meet our production schedule and position our FG inventory appropriately to meet and exceed customer expectations.
The team does a great job of being flexible and helping out however and wherever needed. They are well versed in exercising their comprehensive knowledge of the Vernier business and their ability to get the job done on various levels to help drive successes across the board. The team is a hardworking, self-motivated, and effective group that enjoys collaborating with others and having a little fun along the way.
Founded in 1981, Vernier pioneers award-winning interfaces, sensors, software, and curriculum to transform how educators teach science and how students collect, analyze, and interpret scientific data. Vernier is registered as an Oregon Benefit Company. We have also been on the list of the 100 Best Places to Work in Oregon for over 15 years. Being on this list means that we are serious about our commitment to providing employees with a positive, professional, and fun work environment.
What we can offer you
In addition to an amazing company culture, Vernier offers competitive pay, profit sharing, and a generous employer contribution into your 401(k) retirement account. Our benefits are exceptional and include 100% employer paid healthcare premiums for eligible employees and their families. We have an onsite fitness center, private shower facilities, indoor bike storage room, and weekly fitness activities/classes. Vernier is located next to the Millikan Way MAX line, and we provide employer-paid TriMet passes to all eligible employees. We also offer tuition assistance, paid volunteer time, a generous PTO (paid time off) plan, and paid sabbaticals.
Job Title: Buyer II
Reports To: Supply Chain Manager
FLSA Status: Exempt
Procures required assemblies, components, supplies, equipment and services at the lowest cost consistent with meeting requirements for quality, delivery and service.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Procures components and services. Activities include: checking requirements, contacting suppliers, obtaining and analyzing quotations, placing orders, recommending substitutes to save cost and improve delivery, expediting deliveries, and resolving invoicing/quality/delivery issues.
- Enters and maintains accurate records in ERP system including: purchase orders, quotes, vendor records, material receipts, work orders, and inventory records.
- Assists with inventory and cycle counts when needed.
- Coordinates communication with suppliers regarding required documentation; implementation of ECNs; material shortages; scheduled deliveries; and quality issues.
- Participate in supply chain management activities including: investigating and recommending potential suppliers, supplier corrective action, supplier performance monitoring, and setting/negotiating supplier agreements.
- Maintains professional working relationship with suppliers/carriers.
- Plans product needs to meet delivery, quality and cost objectives.
- Supports the product design process by: obtaining samples/information from suppliers; coordinating/attending meetings between engineers and suppliers; providing input on component selection with regard to lead-time, price and fit with procurement strategy; providing status of open purchase orders for prototype materials and identifying impacts to prototype schedules; and responding quickly to requests for materials/support.
- May assist in developing, writing, maintaining and controlling procedures and processes.
- May assist with coordinating process improvements and lean manufacturing projects.
- Provides research and project support to company personnel involved in analyzing parts performance, supplier capabilities, and unit costs.
- Continues to learn and develop skills relating to parts procurement through formal training, on-the-job training sessions, and technical research.
- May assist in training of new employees.
- Provides stellar customer service by maintaining professional working relationships with internal and external customer
- Maintains regular and punctual attendance in accordance with scheduled work hours.
- Works under limited supervision. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. A certain degree of independent judgment and creativity is required.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This job has no supervisory responsibilities
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.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); knowledge of electronic components ; working knowledge of basic MRP concepts; 5 to 7 years experience in procurement of electronics within a manufacturing environment; or equivalent experience; or combination of education and experience.
- Advanced negotiating skills.
- Demonstrates effective problem solving and analytical skills to identify solutions and apply known skills to new activities that are of a high level of complexity.
- Possesses excellent communications skills. Keeps personnel informed and listens effectively to others.
- Ability to effectively manage sudden change, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Proficient with Excel, Word, and Microsoft platforms. Experience with Crystal Reports, Access, SQL or other databases a plus.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, typical of an open cubical environment.
Vernier Software & Technology is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law