Buyer - Highland, IL


Manage assigned commodities as required in a dynamic environment to meet corporate objectives in the most efficient manner to minimize risk, reduce cost, and eliminate waste, in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies.

Reports to: Purchasing Manager

Essential Duties

  • Review assigned commodities for material budget as required.
  • Recommend and maintain supplier relationships to meet corporate objectives.
  • Ensure availability of materials to meet production schedules.
  • Assist in make/buy decisions.
  • Negotiate contracts to meet corporate objectives.
  • Approve purchase orders to ensure compliance to requirements for assigned commodities.
  • Work with various departments to establish manufacturers of required components.
  • Maintain databases to ensure data is correct for components and supplier information.
  • Review market trends and analysis to ensure best practices are driven within your perspective commodities.
  • Ensure purchase orders are issued to cover requirements for assigned products, goods, and services.
  • Review and coordinate suppliers on time delivery performance, quality, cost reductions, inventory turns and multiple sourcing.
  • Develop and implement strategic sourcing activities to meet department objectives.
  • Actively participate in companywide Project Management Teams as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business or other related field AND two years of buying experience preferred; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
  • 2 or more years’ experience as a Buyer or a related field, preferably in manufacturing.
  • The ability to think strategic and tactical.
  • Effective verbal, written, flexibility, decision-making, multitasking and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of MRP applications a must.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access)
  • Ability to travel as necessary.

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