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Buyer - Contract

Company: Parata Systems
Location: Durham
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:



We are looking for a Buyer who is responsible for commodities or assignments requiring application of basic purchasing principles, theories, and concepts. The Buyer ensures timely purchase of products or services from known sources of supply. Additionally, the Buyer may resolve issues in the areas of PO accuracy and completeness, on-time delivery or supplier payment. The Buyer will be required to manipulate data in various systems to determine the most favorable terms for Parata. The Buyer also helps to qualify vendors, evaluate bids, and negotiate prices and terms while working closely with Engineering, Finance, Planning, Quality, Production, Warehouse and Commodity Managers to ensure the optimized flow of purchased components in keeping with Parata's business objectives. Strong attention to detail, adaptability, communication, and a willingness to work in a collaborative team environment are skills that will support a high level of success in this position. Key Responsibilities:

  • Negotiate procurement of commodities and/or services by properly balancing considerations of price, quality, service, delivery, payment terms, and commercial situations.
  • Investigate and propose supplier solutions based on requirements from divisions within the company.
  • Source materials and maintain information in the MRP system regarding lead time, pricing, ordering policy, and vendor material numbers.
  • Place orders based on scheduled requirements and monitor quality and delivery.
  • Maintain a general knowledge of technical requirements involved with assignments/commodities including UL requirements related to product.
  • Support management objectives by running KPI's and supplier scorecards.
  • Manage MRP exception reports.
  • Manage follow-up resolution with other departments and/or suppliers to correct Accounts Payable invoice issues.
  • Coordinate engineering change order (ECO) information with the Procurement and Engineering teams to support any updates during the product lifecycle.
  • Analyze performance metrics to identify efficiency and savings opportunities.Skills and Experience:
    • Minimum of 5 years of purchasing experience, preferably in a manufacturing setting utilizing MRP, supply chain management software and tools, Great Plains preferred
    • APICS/ASCM certification preferred
    • Demonstrated ability to use logic and problem-solving skills to independently isolate and identify opportunities in reporting/analysis
    • Excellent communication skills; ability to work across a variety of departments and external suppliers
    • Self-starter, organized, and motivated team player
    • Proven analysis and presentation skills including use of common tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    • Advanced Excel skills, including use of pivot tables and advanced functions/conceptsWork environment and physical demands of this position The characteristics described below are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this position. When properly requested and when feasible (without undue hardship to the company), reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.
      • Work will primarily be in an office setting with limited opportunities to be exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
      • Work will be primarily working with fingers by picking, pinching, typing, and grasping often with repetitive motion.
      • Must have visual acuity for viewing a computer screen, the ability to talk, hear and sit for extended periods of time.
      • Must be able to carry, lift and push/pull up to 5 pounds frequently and up to 30 pounds occasionally.
      • Additional physical duties may be required as necessary.Parata is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard for race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran's status.


Keywords: Parata Systems, Durham , Buyer - Contract, Other , Durham, North Carolina

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