Buyer in South San Francisco, CA at Nelson

Date Posted: 11/7/2019

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Job Number: 2142286

Buyer (Procurement and Export Division)
South San Francisco

The position of Buyer serves as the United States representative customers seeking to purchase U.S. materials, components and products. This is an entry-level Buyer position in the P&E Division and the responsibilities include processing a mix of routine and/or repeat orders with established Suppliers and new product/Supplier orders. The Buyer works independently and/or in a team with assistance from Senior Buyer, Lead Buyer or Procurement Manager.

Buyer Responsibilities:
  • Serve as a liaison between Customers and Suppliers on contract negotiations and on issues regarding delivery, quality, and incomplete and/or damaged shipments.
  • Coordinate and negotiate terms (availability, price, quantity and delivery date) between Customers and Suppliers. May negotiate specifications for customized products and/or may serve as the intermediary between Customers and Suppliers regarding specifications.
  • Keep records of price, quality and delivery for Suppliers and organize information for use in price negotiation, Supplier performance improvement and Customer satisfaction.
  • Track each Supplier's shipments and follow-up with the delivery schedule of the goods.
  • Meet with Suppliers as necessary, to resolve issues and/or gather information on products.
  • Receive request for quotation/information from Customers, prepare request for quotation/information to existing Suppliers or source new Suppliers, and process/submit quotation to Customers.
  • Receive and process purchase orders from Customers.
  • Prepare and submit purchase orders to Suppliers. Develop and maintain Supplier files.
  • Prepare invoices and other necessary shipping documents at time of shipments. Forward copies of documents to the freight forwarder and to the Customer.
  • Prepare weekly status report of open orders to ensure on time delivery.
  • Perform a function of Export Control Unit (ECU) in accordance with all U.S. export regulations and laws..
  • Provide weekly status report to the Procurement Manager.
  • Assist, meet with and forge productive relationships with visiting Customers. This requires some time commitment outside of normal working hours.
  • Complete special projects as assigned by Senior Management and perform general administrative duties including assisting with Customer visits.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Buyer Requirements:
  • B. S. or B. A. degree or equivalent.
  • Three to five years purchasing experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook). Aptitude with ERP/MRP systems with emphasis on buying-related systems.
  • General understanding and knowledge of procurement, logistics and exporting practices, as well as accounting principles.
  • Ability to negotiate with suppliers for continuous cost reduction.
  • Strong verbal and written communication and follow-through skills.
  • Ability to start and complete projects within established deadlines.
  • Must be flexible and willing to accept and perform additional responsibilities as assigned by manager or others in the group.
  • Must perform both independently and within a team environment and communicate/interact in a professional manner.
  • Able to follow established policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail in managing multiple priorities.
  • Must have a positive attitude and proactively provide solutions to challenges.

Qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for employment in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Buyer (Procurement and Export Division)
South San Francisco

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