This position is currently in Seattle, WA but will transition to Everett, WA by 2022.
Vaupell designs, engineers, and produces custom, high performance engineered plastic and composite components and assemblies for demanding applications. We are the global market leader in plastics components and assemblies for aircraft interiors while also serving the broader aerospace, defense, medical and commercial markets.
Position purpose/core responsibilities
The Buyer facilitates the procurement of materials and related services required by the company to maintain Vaupell’s position of a world class plastic products supplier. This position will participate in the materials procurement function of the company and will have ownership of material flow, delivery, schedule adjustments, supplier communications, and continuous improvement of supply chain processes. This will include responsibility for meeting all supply chain metrics, managing inventory levels, on-time shipments, and cost control. The Buyer will collaborate closely with Sales and Business Operations within the assigned commodities to support the company's overall growth plan.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Negotiate delivery terms, dates, and conditions for the procurement of required materials and services from approved suppliers
Establish strategies to improve supply chain, solve shortage issues and strengthen supplier relationships
Obtain materials, components and equipment, as required by the production schedule
Plan, schedule, monitor the movement of materials through the supply chain
Expedite orders as necessary. Identify actual and potential delivery problems and take proactive steps to inform appropriate personnel
Monitor inventory dollar levels and turns to achieve Corporate inventory goals
Establish and maintain relations with suppliers and appropriate representatives and direct and provide supplier technical and operating expertise as required to internal customer
Maintain an awareness of materials and procurement concepts
Verify data accuracy (parts numbers, BOMs, Part Costs) in MRP; report problems to appropriate parties
Understand and apply MRP reports in ordering parts used in production to ensure appropriate delivery dates
Identify problem areas and offer possible solutions
Complete special assignments for the Purchasing department as directed by the Purchasing Manager
Track progress of parts to ensure time schedules and delivery to Vaupell
Implement improvement processes to reduce inventory and non-value added work
Perform supplier audits, supplier selection and ongoing rating
Continually assess market conditions which may affect procurement and recommend procurement and materials management strategy changes
Monitors, analyzes, and reports material variances to standard cost. Interfaces with Accounting, Manufacturing Engineering, and Production to establish standard costs.
Responsible for optimizing material costs through vendor analysis, quality, schedule, cost evaluation, etc. Applies cost effective measures as related to support standard cost and make/buy decisions
Candidates must be either US Citizens or US Persons to ensure Vaupell’s compliance with ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) and EAR (Export Administration Regulations)
2 years purchasing experience required; purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment preferred
Bachelor’s degree from 4-year college in purchasing, business or related area, or equivalent experience preferred
CPM or CPIM and/or APICS is preferred
Requires a fundamental knowledge of MRP systems
Supplier communication capabilities with above average oral and written skills
Above average working knowledge with Microsoft Suite products, especially Excel
Read, analyze and interpret general business documents, technical procedures, drawings, government regulations
Manage and manipulate system data and parameters to ensure company stocking levels and customer service levels
Work independently, establish priorities and make decisions
Work within a team as well as cross-functionally within the organization
Interact effectively with people from various backgrounds
This position requires accessing all areas in the plant necessary to monitor the progress of orders. It also requires occasional reaching, stooping and lifting of office files, reports or records, typically weighing 5 pounds or less. Reasonable accommodations will be considered which would allow the employee to perform the essential functions of this job.