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Buyer I

Kent, Washington | Direct Hire

Post Date: 12/06/2017 Job ID: 17845 Industry: Software

Position Title:  Buyer I

Position Description:  Protingent Staffing has an exciting Direct Hire  opportunity with our client in Kent for an Entry level – teachable Buyer with One (1) or more years of progressive experience in purchasing is preferred.

Job Requirements:
  • Responsible for selecting, ordering, and coordinating materials or services for production, office, and/or staff requirements, basing selection on engineering and specifications, as well as driving continuous improvement regarding price, quality, service, delivery performance, and lead-times
  • Measures supplier performance and takes the appropriate steps to ensure improvement, including working the various plant functional areas and suppliers to reduce defective or unacceptable goods or services
  • Processes orders, change orders, order acknowledgements, RMAs, and other transactions daily using MRP system and related ancillary data sources/toolsets developed for this activity, including other databases and spreadsheets
  • Supports continuous improvement efforts of processes and documentation including AS9100
  • May conduct forecasting processes, supplier managed inventory, make-for-hold and other daily activities to meet internal and external customer requirements
  • Recommends or selects products for purchase through evaluation by testing, observing, or examining items to meet specifications. Estimates values according to knowledge of market price and conditions
  • Coordinates purchasing activities with manufacturing, planning, engineering, and quality to acquire material in a cost effective and timely manner in order to manage delivery schedules
  • Determines optimal methods of procurement such as direct purchase, bid, supplier-managed inventory, make-for-hold, etc. in order to support organization and customer requirements
  • Investigates and resolves invoicing and freight issues with Accounting and other departments
  • Optimizes our supplier base by negotiating better terms and conditions with existing suppliers within budgetary limitations and scope of authority
  • Assists in maintaining appropriate inventory levels in order to meet operational requirements, while working with the rest of the Supply Chain Team members to meet the required company inventory goals
  • Maintains records and systems consistent with a professional approach to purchasing activities
  • Participates in process improvement activities including Kaizen, Lean/Six Sigma activities, or other special projects as assigned


 Job Qualifications:
  • Solid skills, which may include Sourcing, Supplier Quality, Contract Administration, Inventory Control, Supplier Selection and Technical Development, Transactional Management, attention to detail, and critical thinking and problem solving capability
  • Experience in Lean, Six Sigma, or other continuous improvement is preferred
  • Excellent negotiation and supplier interface skills
  • A team player that can relate to people at all levels of the organization and possesses excellent communication skills
  • An energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and a positive professional image
  • Ability to be flexible and able to function comfortably in a fast paced, constantly changing and ambiguous environment
  • 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 managers, customers, suppliers, and employees. Portrays a positive and professional image. Ability to establish relations with a wide range of personalities, cultural backgrounds and educational levels
  • Ability to work with basic mathematical concepts such as percentages, ratios, and proportions to job-related situations
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establishes 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
  • Solid knowledge of ERP systems; SAP MM and PP modules is preferred
  • Computer skills -- General MS-Excel, Word and PowerPoint skills are mandatory; advanced skills in MS Office including MS-Access are beneficial


Education and Experience:
  • Two (2) year degree or equivalent experience is required. Bachelor' s degree from four-year college or university (Business, Supply Chain, or Technical) is preferred
  • One (1) or more years of progressive experience in purchasing is preferred. Cable and electronic component purchasing experience desired

  • This position includes access or potential access to ITAR and/or EAR technical data. Therefore, candidates will need to qualify as a US Person which is defined as a US Citizen, or a Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder)

About Protingent:  Protingent is a niche provider of top Engineering and IT talent to Software, Electronics, Medical Device, Telecom and Aerospace companies nationwide. Protingent exists to make a positive impact and contribution to the lives of others as well as our community by providing relevant, rewarding and exciting work opportunities for our candidates.


Monique Walker

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