Associate Buyer

Kent Corporation

Kent Corporation has an opening for an Associate Buyer who will be responsible for purchasing operating and maintenance supplies (mechanical/electrical), and materials from suppliers. The Buyer will collaborate with the Purchasing team to develop, communicate, and accomplish the company’s goals and objectives.  This position is based in Muscatine, Iowa and offers a complete benefits package.

PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Reviews purchase requisitions, and places orders with approved suppliers; may evaluate bids, select and/or recommend suppliers and negotiate price, delivery, quality and service
  • Confers with vendors and analyzes vendor’s operations to determine factors that affect competitive total cost of ownership consistent with quality and ability to meet schedules
  • May assist in negotiations for major purchases by developing or compiling statistical information and other data as required
  • Builds productive working relationships internally and externally; frequent internal company and some external contacts
  • Acts as the primary liaison representing the purchasing organization and the processes and workings within it by interfacing with it or other technical personnel to advise them how the processes function within it; review and verify purchase requisitions, clarifying unclear items and recommend alternatives

CORE COMPETENCIES: 
Written Communications, Negotiating, Interpersonal savvy, Verbal communications, Customer Focused, Organized, Teamwork, Planner, Detail Oriented

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in Business, Supply Chain Management, Economics or related discipline
  • At least 2 years Purchasing, Supply Chain or related business experience
  • Project management or materials/resource planning skills helpful

EXPERIENCE:
  • Ability to write and interpret business reports, documents and information
  • Detail oriented with analytical skills and demonstrated strong organizational skills
  • Effective communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate strong collaboration and partnering skills, with customer service orientation

Job ID: 67236

Posted 23 days ago

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