Buyer in Ames IA

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Ames IA
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Job Types:
Buyer, Purchasing Supervisor/Manager


Ames, IA


Our manufacturing client in Ames, Iowa is looking to hire a Buyer. This buyer has the opportunity to participate in supplier negotiation and perform a variety of routine or low dollar purchasing tasks that involve materials, supplies or services.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Review purchase requisitions and place orders with approved suppliers.
  • Evaluate bids as needed.
  • Select or recommend suppliers as needed.
  • Negotiate price, delivery, quality and service.
  • Follow up on all awards until order completion.
  • Assist in negotiations for major purchases by developing or compiling statistical information and gathering other data as required.
  • Coordinate with the Accounting department as required to resolve questions on suppliers invoices.
  • Coordinate with Engineering department on phase in/phase out parts process.
  • Track shipments to the 3PL, subcontractors and receiving departments to support assembly line production.
  • Commodities buyer will be responsible for valves, distributors and fabricated parts.

Job Qualifications:

  • Requires a Bachelors degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Requires intermediate negotiation abilities and above average analytical skills.
  • Shows excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Developing competence in computerized procurement systems.
  • Requires intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Needs to be thorough, attention to detail, ability to multi-task, analytical thinker, follow-up is critical.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
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