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Powell Industries, Inc. Senior Buyer in Acheson, Alberta

The Purchasing Buyer Senior is responsible for the tactical and strategic management of a commodity or commodities. The Purchasing Buyer Senior will be an expert on those commodities and the feedstock of those commodities. The Purchasing Buyer Senior may direct the activities of other Purchasing Buyer in an effort to achieve assigned strategic initiatives for Purchasing and/or the Business. The Purchasing Buyer Senior will solicit, evaluate, negotiate, and then purchase materials and/or services.

  • Adhere to Powell Safety Rules and assure Suppliers do the same.

  • Develop short and long term sourcing strategies for commodities assigned focused on optimizing value added improvement within the supply base.

  • Lead work on strategic purchasing initiative projects with Purchasing Manager and/or Strategic Sourcing Manager.

  • Drive value-engineering efforts based on knowledge of (assigned) commodities and their industry drivers in relation in potential material alternatives.

  • Actively engage the supply base throughout the design and implementation process for all new product development projects.

  • Evaluate the number, type, and the geographic appropriateness of suppliers required to support assigned commodities.

  • Manage the disposition of excess and/or obsolete purchased inventory within the assigned commodity group(s).

  • Monitor and maintain the Purchasing Category Value completeness and accuracy of the items assigned.

  • Issue purchase orders of $100,000 or less without additional approvals.

  • Achieve individual and/or commodity Team cost improvement targets assigned by Manager.

  • Achieve individual and/or commodity Team inventory reduction targets assigned by Manager.

  • Establish Payment Terms of not less than Net 45 days with all new suppliers while moving all existing suppliers to no less than Net 45 days.

  • Achieve supplier PPM targets as assigned by Manager.

  • Review open buy requirements, issue purchase orders, and expedite delivery of the material or service as appropriate.

  • Proactively advance professional knowledge and education.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree.

  • Holds Professional Certification in Purchasing or Supply Chain Management such as a CPSM.

  • Minimum 5 years in a ETO (engineered to order) manufacturing environment.

  • Minimum 7 years in a material and/or purchasing assignment with a concentration in an ETO (engineered to order) materials environment.

  • Demonstrated analytical and Root Cause determination skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal relationship skills.

  • Strong demonstrated oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong computer skills.

  • Must be responsible and dependable.

  • Attend in house and outside training sessions.

  • Attend local professional associations.

  • Learn policies and procedures, work instruction, ISO policies, Safety Rules and Regulations, and vendor products.

  • Travel may be required.

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