Purchasing Buyer

Purchasing Buyer Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Purchasing Buyer to join our team.


  • Work closely with Engineering to ensure components are ordered on-time for new product introductions and end of life components;
  • Place purchase orders for production materials by utilizing MRP buy messages;
  • Support other site internal purchasing needs;
  • Work with suppliers to obtain RMAs as needed and ensure timely closure of issues;
  • Work closely with the Novanta Global Commodity team ensuring that corporate objectives are met;
  • Ensure the site materials cost reduction plan is met for assigned suppliers;
  • Modify POs based on changes to the demand plan;
  • Solicit bids, analyze and negotiate quotations;
  • Manage a global network of suppliers in a lean manufacturing environment at both a sub systems/system and components level;
  • Monitor status of POs to ensure on-time delivery;
  • Discuss/review with current suppliers their performances in delivery, quality, cost savings and inventory / payment term improvement;
  • Provide reporting, as requested, for site and corporate.


  • Experienced with MS office, Excel, Word, Agile or Arena software;
  • Knowledgeable in commercial terms and conditions and contracts;
  • BS/BA degree in business or related field is preferred;
  • Experience with Excel – Must be proficient;
  • Prior experience in a regulated environment including FDA preferred;
  • APICS certification preferred;
  • Prior experience in Medical Devices preferred;
  • Experienced with ISO Quality Management Systems;
  • Buying/Purchasing experience a plus;
  • Three or more years of experience working in an Oracle ERP environment;
  • Bachelors degree in planning/buying;
  • Familiarity with electronic products preferred;
  • Experience in Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI);
  • Three or more years of experience in a buyer / planner role;
  • International purchasing experience preferred.

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