Title: Buyer | Purchasing Company: Manufacturing Company Location: Northern Suburbs of Chicago To Apply: QUALIFIED candidates can email their resume to SUMMARY: A Buyer is responsible for a set of items and the determination of what needs to be purchased by when so these items are available as needed. The Buyer reviews the system generated MRP and various other reports and then generates and tracks purchase orders based on the item demand. The Buyer also is the primary contact for any vendor and product issues that occur. QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Graduate of a college or university accredited by the United States Department of Education with a Bachelor's degree. Related Experience: The qualified candidate will have a minimum of 2-5 years of solid Purchasing experience with a manufacturing or distribution company. REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS: • Strong organizational, analysis and leadership skills • Ability to travel domestically and internationally. • Negotiating/Contract experience or skills • Strong computer skills specifically with Excel, Word, Email, PowerPoint and MRP experience a must. • Ideally should have through understanding and experience in a functional supply chain area such as purchasing, buying, vendor management, purchase orders, analysis, and negotiations. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: • Review MRP Messages and/or Reports for significant changes daily and check the full report weekly • Determine the items and quantities of numerous items that need to be purchased • Issue and update purchase orders with domestic and/or international vendors in a timely fashion. • Match purchase orders to receipt so payments can be made. • Handle daily routine paperwork and email request promptly and professionally. • Track open purchase orders and make appropriate updates in JDE • Negotiate with vendors over cost, supply and delivery issues. • Update various weekly reports including the Late PO and 4Week Need to Purchase reports. Important Functions • Help with incoming product QC issues as needed. • Update product incoming cost in system • Create pre-pay records as needed. • Work with accounting to handle vendor payment questions • Obtain lead times from vendors for large orders, new products or other special situations; this can include air freight quotes. • Work with Engineering for New Product Development/Custom Product issues. • Ensure quality product is received at the lowest possible cost. • Contact new vendors to source products. • Keep the problem list updated. • Work with Customer Service to update lead time and problem product issues. • Keep information on products purchased updated, such as vendor, lead time, current pricing and minimum order quantities. COGNITIVE CONSIDERATIONS: Must exhibit cognitive abilities to: • Sense of Urgency • Ability to deal with pressure • Self-Starter, and can work with limited supervision • Strong work ethics • Willing to work with others in a team environment. • Knowledge of when to ask questions and get help when needed. • Bilingual English/Chinese/Mandarin desired • Overall positive attitude.