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Buyer I-Non-Production in Rogersville, TN at ZF

Date Posted: 12/6/2018

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Job Description


The Buyer is responsible for:
(1) procuring a variety of technical and non‑technical materials, services, and equipment required to support company operations; (2) initiating cost reductions to increase profits; (3) analyzing, processing, and preparing routine documents and reports; (4) developing new sources of supply with the Lead Buyer; (5) maintaining open and clear lines of communication with suppliers, manufacturing plant(s), and internal departments; (6) special assignments and projects as required.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in business, sales, or a related field, with a minimum of three years' purchasing experience. Versatile, organized, courteous, motivated and able to multitask. Must have a high level of professionalism and confidentiality is crucial to this role.

Communicates to management and works with suppliers to realize cost savings. Supports and executes annual purchasing objectives.

Must haves: strong written & verbal communication skills, strong Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Power Point, Electronic data management skills.
Organizational skills. SAP experience preferred.


1. Procures non-production materials after soliciting competitive quotations, analyzing quotations, negotiating with suppliers, and reviewing purchase requisitions, and inventory re-order reports.

A. Optimize price, quantity, quality, delivery, and service.

B. Expedites supplier requirements when delinquencies occur.

C. Provides input for an effective supplier rating program.

D. Day‑to‑day performance of establishing priorities, educating procedures to constituents Purchasing Policy

2. Initiates & track cost reductions (CIS), cost avoidance, cost recovery, through competitive bidding, negotiation, Corporate Commodity projects implementation, alternate materials, design changes, value analysis, transportation methods, etc.

A. Consults with plant personnel where tolerance relief can be granted or substitute material can be used.

B. Solicits competitive bids on a regular basis and leads strong supplier negotiations.

C. Creates an atmosphere of solid resistance to price increase by utilizing cost structure/price analysis and negotiates terms of the purchase with the vendors.

3. Analyzes, processes, and prepares routing documents and reports to enhance buying decisions, take appropriate action and provide needed inputs from assigned responsibilities.

  1. Executes Inventory Management requirements.
The day-to-day responsibilities include assisting with correct inventory levels requirements, choosing qualified suppliers, placing and confirming orders, expediting orders, and ensuring that orders arrive in a timely manner.

B. Generates debit memos, purchase order, blanket order release, purchase order change, quote request, cost increase notifications, and cost reduction forms via Company Policy.

C. Processes purchase requisitions and requests for quotation per Company Policy.

D. Maintains records as per Retention Policy and files of purchases made and verifies that appropriate approval levels are reflected on each purchase prior to ordering. Monitors, verifies, and educates adherence to all purchasing policies. As necessary, support other Plants, and Direct Material tasks.

4. Communicates, leads, and maintains good rapport with suppliers, manufacturing plants, and internal departments through meetings, correspondence, personal contact, and telephone.

A. Directs and reviews with the supplier, requirements in the areas of monthly volume, quality levels, required delivery, service expectations, etc.

B. Furnishes relevant information to internal interests regarding costs, market conditions, delivery schedules, quality matters, etc.

C. Maintains database of RFQ processes.

D. Acts as liaison with Accounts Payable, and resolves invoice/payment issues on the Indirect Purchasing side. Creates and routes for approval Vendor Maintenance form as required to create/add/change supplier profile information. Monitors and verifies adherence to all quality policies.

E. Abides by purchasing procedures and maintains effective clerical supporting documentation.

F. Creates and routes for approval Vendor Maintenance forms as required to create/add/change supplier profile information per Policy.


1. Works with the Lead Buyer to obtain guidance concerning specific tasks and projects and is accountable for the fulfillment of assigned responsibilities.

2. Works with Purchasing team(s) (Plant, Division, and Globally) personnel to ensure smooth operations whilst compliant to Purchasing Policy.

3. Works with and communicates all inter-departmental disciplines, as well as external customers, auditors, etc. that involve purchasing activities. For example, ensures with Quality and HSE personnel compliance Policies with sub-contractors and outside suppliers.

4. Works with suppliers to assure maintenance of sound relations and to improve items purchased while seeking constantly to develop new and better sources of supply.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran

Job Requirements

Education Requirements
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in business, sales, or a related field, with a minimum of three years' purchasing experience. Versatile, organized, courteous, motivated and able to multitask. Must have a high level of professionalism and confidentiality is crucial to this role.

Experience and Skill Requirements
3+ years of supply chain / purchasing experience.


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