Buyer - $60-80k

South Kansas City, MO

Industry: Other Job Number: Job-1893

Job Description



$60 - $80K


South Kansas City, MO


Interviewing over the next two weeks


Bell & Associates, Inc. has been engaged to help our client find their next Buyer.  The Buyer works within a product design and manufacturing environment and is a member of the Business Operations Support Team, providing support to Engineering, Program Management, Quality Management and Production. As a Buyer, you will be responsible for a range of strategic and routine procurement activities to ensure supplier performance and develop a qualified, reliable base of suppliers with timely deliveries. This position will also be responsible for crafting a procurement schedule that dovetails into the design and manufacturing schedule, providing a comprehensive project support schedule.



  • Develop procurement plan to support programs/projects.

  • Purchase materials, parts, supplies, and equipment following established purchasing policies and procedures and optimizes price, delivery, and terms with minimum supervision.

  • Develop and maintain the project schedule, ensuring supplies/services are received in timely manner. Brief the supervisor and management on procurement status, highlighting risk areas and risk mitigation approach

  • Aggressively manages delivery schedules, ensuring on-time delivery and/or expedited recovery plan with consideration when deliveries are delinquent.

  • Monitor delinquent deliveries and quality issues with suppliers.  Recommends actions for repeated offenses.

  • Develop lessons learned from purchases and develop best practices to optimize performance

  • Identify, analyze and qualify vendors.

  • Work with vendors to obtain product or service information such as price, availability, and delivery schedule. Determine points when supplier base should be expanded.

  • Development of economic purchase strategy. Source production materials and components, with consideration given to price, quality and availability.

  • Develop Supplier Agreements and similar arrangements in order to create stable supplier list and best pricing

  • Process, approve and deliver purchase and production orders to meet targeted inventory goals.

  • Review bid proposals and negotiate contracts within budgetary limitations and scope of authority.

  • Maintain procurement records such as items or services, purchased costs, delivery, product quality or performance, and inventories.

  • Help monitor parts obsolescence.

  • Interact with stakeholders of purchased or manufactured components to address defective or unacceptable goods or services to determine source of the problem and take corrective action.

  • Approve invoice exceptions (quantity or price differs from the P.O.) for payment.

  • Expedite delivery of goods from vendors on an as needed basis.

  • Run past due reports and exceptions reports to accommodate planning and production changes.

  • Work with Materials Manager and Accounting to review and manage purchase price variance (PPV) and manufacturing variance.

  • Partner with Engineering, Marketing and Program Management during the product definition phase to assess cost feasibility and cost targets

  • Partner with cross functional team members to determine product needs and plans/schedules appropriately ensuring purchased parts/services support production schedule

  • Collaborate with suppliers during development process to identify design and manufacturing cost drivers to support Design to Cost efforts

  • Seek out and identify opportunities for value creation (cost savings, cost avoidance, revenue enhancement) and risk reduction

  • Coordinate with planning to transition production requirements once product has successfully launched

  • Support Design for Manufacturability and Assembly (DFMA) reviews for new products with Supply Chain

  • Work in cross-functional team environment to achieve the best cost for the parts without compromising performance, quality or reliability

  • Influence design decisions by participating in design concept reviews to assure cost is being considered as one of the key elements in concept evaluation

  • Performs risk assessments to identify and mitigate program cost risks with Supply Chain

  • Performs other related duties as required



  • Relevant BS degree. Experience may be considered in lieu of education.

  • 3+ years of experience performing buyer duties similar to the above in manufacturing or related environment

  • Experience with ERP systems experience with SYSPRO highly desired

  • Knowledge of manufacturing process, including product design and assembly of bills of materials (BOM) and dependencies.

  • Must be able to work successfully in a cross-functional manner to support operations in a fast-paced work environment.

  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, demonstrated ability to multi-task, with strong follow up skills. Strong ability to understand and adjust to priorities.

  • Strong problem solving, communication, and interpersonal skills. Ability to identify problems, recommend solutions, and negotiate and execute contingency plans

  • Demonstrated experience serving as a change agent.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the impact of business decisions, and the change environment as it relates to documentation.

  • Ability to create routine reports, presentation and correspondence

  • Ability to coordinate and track activities by metrics

  • Must have good communication skills, both written and oral, with advanced word processing skills

  • Proficient in computer skills and programs generally used in an office environment.

  • Intermittent travel of relatively short durations will be required (<15%)

  • U.S. Citizenship required to support government contracts.


Bell & Associates, Inc. was recently recognized by Forbes list of Best Professional Recruiting Firms in America -




Bell & Associates, Inc. is a recognized Executive Recruiting & Staffing leader based in Kansas City. We focus and specialize in the following practice areas - Accounting/Finance, Engineering, Executive Leadership, Financial Institutions, Healthcare, Human Resources, Information Technology, Manufacturing/Operations Management.  We provide top talent to our clients on a Direct Hire, Contract, and Contract-to-Hire basis.    


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