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Sr. Buyer

Technetics Group


Sr. Buyer

  • 492693
  • Columbia, South Carolina, United States
  • Technetics Group
  • Supply Chain
  • Full-Time/Regular
  • Closing at: Jan 31 2022 at 13:30 EST

Job Summary:


The Senior Buyer / Strategic Sourcing Specialist is a key member of the Technetics end to end supply chain team.


This Senior Buyer identifies demand using MRP/ERP, forecasts, historical trends, discrete requests, and other means.  The Senior Buyer is responsible for source identification, RFI/RFP/RFQ, bids, and bid analysis.  Analysis performed by the Senior Buyer includes Total Cost of Ownership, Risk Assessment and similar.


The Senior Buyer collaborates with Engineering, R&D, New Product Introduction, Manufacturing, Sales and Quality to identify, qualify and develop suppliers of raw materials, manufactured components and services.


The Senior Buyer coordinates technical sourcing activities in cooperation with Engineering and Quality.


Essential Functions:


  • Utilizes ERP / MRP system to plan and execute purchases for raw materials, components, supplies, services and other requirements.
  • Conducts key strategic negotiations & contracting to ensure best price, terms, delivery, quality and alignment with commercial strategies.  Includes RFX activities, source identification / qualification and contract management.
  • Implements and maintains supplier risk assessment and segmentation.  Analyzes and manages suppliers and material markets for cost reduction,  risk mitigation, alternative options and opportunities
  • Utilizes and applies Lean, Six Sigma and Project Management methodologies and strategies to supply chain activities
  • Works across functions, sites and divisions to participate on / lead EnPro category teams, implement enterprise sourcing agreements and supply chain strategies to manage drivers and metrics including: DSI, DPO, RCOI, Working Capital and similar.
  • Responsible for site metrics:  Cost Savings, OTD, Supplier Quality, Service Level and similar.
  • Participates on new product development (sourcing / costing)
  • Has a good understanding of products and manufacturing processes related to the business
  • Works cross functionally to calculate & establish stocking, replenishment & consignment levels for RM & supplies based on sourcing economies, business needs and efficiencies.
  • Manages key compliance elements:  Conflict Minerals, ITAR, etc.
  • Ensures standardized work procedures for supply chain department are accurate and up to date
  • Performs any other assigned duty as directed by management
  • Potential travel may be required.



Additional Responsibilities:


  • Participates on EMLS / Continuous improvement initiatives and Site Safety Teams


Job Qualifications:

  • 5+ years procurement experience in manufacturing environment required
  • 3+ years of technical purchasing and contracting required
  • Bachelor’s degree required:  Supply Chain, Engineering, Business, preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications required: Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Experience in ERP systems using MRP, Master Planning / Scheduling strongly preferred
  • Ability to interpret blue prints and technical specifications helpful but not required
  • Proficiency with LEAN, Six Sigma and other continuous improvement methods preferred



To Perform the job successfully, the Senior Buyer will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Oral and Written Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and informatively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; looks beyond the obvious and doesn't stop at the first answers.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting.  Capable of working effectively in teams (including teams meeting primarily by conference call).  Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.  Comes up with new and unique ideas; makes connections among previously unrelated notions.
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals. Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Possesses a strong bias for action;  Asks for and offers help when needed.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:
  • Be able to use hands to handle objects, tools, or controls
  • Be able to reach overhead
  • Be able to work in various positions, including, but not limited to, stooping, standing, bending over, sitting, kneeling and squatting for extended periods of time
  • Be able to lift, pull and push materials and equipment to complete assigned job tasks
  • Be able to lift and/or move 35 pounds of weight on occasion


This specification is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned. Ability to competently perform all the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, demonstrated commitment to effective customer service delivery, and the ability to work productively as a member of a team or work group are basic requirements of all positions at Technetics Group.


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