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  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Job Type: Direct Placement
  • Ref No: 20-00253
  • Date: January 13, 2020
  • Job title:

Michael Mason

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Job Description - Buyer

ICS has an immediate opening for a Buyer to join our Client's Purchasing team! This position is responsible for all the purchasing, planning and acquisition activities related to their assigned commodities and is expected to exercise a greater degree of initiative, creativity, pro-activity and self-direction. He/she must devise strategies for their assigned commodities and anticipate opportunities and threats in relation to the market place and current or future economic conditions. This person seeks to influence engineering design and is an active participant in new product introductions. This role works closely with planning, engineering, accounting, manufacturing, sales, and customer service to improve "Purchasing Value Added Services” to expand the purchasing sphere of influence into all activities that affect the purchasing function. This position reports to the Senior Purchasing Manager.

Role & Responsibilities:


  • Develop and maintain long term supplier relationships that will provide competitive advantages with lowest total cost, high quality products, and superior customer service; including, early supplier involvement with development and engineering teams for new programs to influence cost, manufacturing, and quality
  • Assure that all system generated planning tasks are executed
  • Assure that all system data is maintained
  • Determine ordering, lot size, inventory type (consignment, VMI, Kanban, blanket, etc.) policies and strategies for assigned commodities
  • Assure that all inventory control tasks are executed
  • Manage sourcing/procurement activities for assigned commodities
  • Develop strategies to mitigate unfavorable purchase price variances
  • Develop strategies to generate cost reductions and meet savings target
  • Engaged in cost reduction activities in a leadership role
  • Manage supplier quality/certification activities
  • Manage efforts to develop, implement and monitor supplier performance measurements and targets – implement corrective actions
  • Manage the continuous rationalization and optimization of the supplier base
  • Manage supplier relationship activities efforts
  • Manage all negotiation activities
  • Manage single/sole sourced parts
  • Manage the organization's minority spend policies
  • Manage commodities, monitor and report on market trends
  • RoHS management – assure compliance
  • Manage efforts to develop, implement and monitor supply chain risks – measure risk level and act to conform to the organization's policies
  • Assist in engineering development efforts as purchasing representative
  • Other duties as assigned




  • Ethical and professional behavior of a purchasing professional
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Ability to work in stressful situations and obtain win-win solutions
  • Self-starter, motivated by a passion for detail and follow up
  • Problem-solving ability




  • 3 to 5 years' experience in a relevant purchasing/materials management position in a manufacturing environment. A broad base of experience in various OEM backgrounds preferred
  • Institute of Supply Management (ISM) certification and/or APICS certification preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft office software (excel, word, power point, etc.) and ERP systems (JD Edwards preferred).
  • Lean experience is a plus
  • International procurement experience is desirable
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field such as management, engineering, supply chain and/or relevant work experience.


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