Supply Chain Buyer Job Description

Supply Chain Buyer Job Description

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Supply chain buyer provides sole responsibility for (sub-) project management of consulting projects (worldwide across all Bayer Divisions) for the Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management group (operational excellence, manufacturing strategy, supply chain management, procurement).

Supply Chain Buyer Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective supply chain buyer job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included supply chain buyer job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Negotiates with suppliers for cost savings
Completes accurate and timely data entry of purchase orders
Generates and qualifies new suppliers through surveys and on site visits
Maintains Active Supplier List (ASL)
Expedites and coordinates critical deliveries, emergency requisitions, and quotes
Acts an interface between Supplier and internal departments regarding orders
Tracks and communicates order status
Coordinates with Receiving to solve material discrepancies
Works closely with the Accounting to solve invoice discrepancies
Obtains RMA’s for return products and generate shippers

Supply Chain Buyer Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Supply Chain Buyer

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: APICS, ISM, CPIM, APIC, CPM, LEAN, CSCP, CIPM

Education for Supply Chain Buyer

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the supply chain buyer job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Associate Degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Education, Management, Business/Administration, Technical, Manufacturing, Associates, Finance

Skills for Supply Chain Buyer

Desired skills for supply chain buyer include:

IT supply chain/manufacturing process
Responsibilities and tasks performed by procurement departments
Supply chain management concepts
Supplier management for On time delivery
MRP software
MS Office suite
Transactional procurement methodologies and terminology
Chemical manufacturing operation
EDI and its standard formats ANSI X12 and UN/EDIFACT for the exchange of business documents

Desired experience for supply chain buyer includes:

Prints MRP requisitions daily
Strong Attention to Detail is required when performing tasks such as
Collaboration & Teamwork skills are required to effectively serve internal and external customers and interface with various support groups to establish priorities and achieve results
Strong Communication skills are essential to communicate with internal and external Customers, Reps, Vendors and other Indigo departments
Nurturing new and existing Supplier Relationships is critical to develop confidence, trust and long-term relationships
Desire to pursue educational opportunities to continuously learn new approaches, tools and methodologies to stay abreast in the Procurement field is important

Supply Chain Buyer Examples


Supply Chain Buyer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for a supply chain buyer. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for supply chain buyer
  • Must have flexibility to achieve desired performance results and adapt to changing requirements, special assignments and workload re-prioritization
  • Negotiate pricing and other terms of purchase
  • Assist Senior Buyers in managing strategic suppliers
  • Quote materials/services and issue Purchase Orders from ERP (Netsuite)
  • Expedite and ensure the timely receipt of materials
  • Review open purchase orders and contact suppliers to ensure materials are shipped on promised dates, expedite orders as needed
  • Keep internal departments apprised of supplier issues which may affect material delivery date
  • Issue RFQs, analyze proposals, negotiate price and delivery, issue and/or adjust purchase orders in a timely manner to meet internal forecast needs
  • Follow-up on orders, verify deliveries, and maintain records
  • Assist Senior Buyers with cost reduction opportunities for current suppliers or by sourcing materials to new suppliers
Qualifications for supply chain buyer
  • Assist the NPI Operations Program Managers in minimizing additional expenses such as premiums on materials, freight and/or tooling charges incurred on the new products
  • Maintain Min/Max levels on inventory used for internal engineering requirements
  • Examines purchase requisitions for proper description of items
  • Provides sufficient documentation to justify procurement
  • Maintains good vendor relations
  • You have higher education/ are obtaining higher education in any stream with 1-2 years of experience in procurement/material management/supply chain from a reputed organization will be an ideal fit

Supply Chain Buyer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking to fill the role of supply chain buyer. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for supply chain buyer
  • Provide appropriate definition of priorities to sources of supply whenever supply is constrained
  • Analyze and issue status and operational reports
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of supplier information data
  • Purchase material into over 30 distribution centers across North America, using past sales data, customer forecasts, and supplier lead times to maintain inventory at appropriate levels
  • Create model inventory programs based on geography and market
  • Analyze sales trends and customer forecasts to determine where and how much inventory be in each region
  • Determine what orders are needed urgently to keep supply chain moving
  • Reduce the amount of excess & obsolete inventory by utilizing vendor return programs and stock balancing
  • Coordinate inventory deliveries with sales team to make sure we meet or exceed customer expectations
  • Monitor key performance metrics including inventory turns, service levels, and supplier lead times
Qualifications for supply chain buyer
  • Supply Chain and Procurement exposure
  • Exposure working on any online ERP SAP, Ariba, Oracle, PeopleSoft, SRM
  • Demonstrated analytic and problem solving capabilities
  • Communicates on a professional level with Fluke Manufacturing Divisions and worldwide 3rd party suppliers to ensure timely delivery, quality and cost of procurement
  • Five (5) years of purchasing and distribution experience
  • A Bachelor’s degree may substitute for four (4) years of experience

Supply Chain Buyer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is hiring for a supply chain buyer. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for supply chain buyer
  • Daily meeting with Planner to review plan for potential material issues
  • MyBuy ordering/ create PO’s for purchasing of MRO supplies
  • Update material shortage board in production office for raw materials
  • Monitoring of raw material bulk tanks and tote inventory
  • Review of purchasing reports (due on dock, post deduct)
  • NCG tote management
  • Invoice processing (Abbey,Eastridge and Aramark)
  • War Room Meeting
  • Initiate CAPA’s
  • Resolve OnBase accounting issues
Qualifications for supply chain buyer
  • Provide good customer service and negotiate effectively
  • Google products skills (incl
  • Microsoft Office products skills (incl
  • Have excellent customer service skills – able resolve problems in a timely and efficient manner
  • Ability to manipulate large files in Excel and use functionality such as sorting, pivot tables
  • Ability to research data for pricing, order dates, receiving inquiries spend in relevant supply chain applications (e.g., Lawson)

Supply Chain Buyer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of supply chain buyer. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for supply chain buyer
  • Coordinates resolution of vendor quality issues which includes charge backs
  • Submit PI’s to achieve annual cost savings goal
  • Setup system/source raw materials for new products
  • Setup system/source packaging supplies for new products
  • Credit card reconciliation (50 line items)
  • Behavioral Audits (4)
  • Vendor visits
  • Purchasing conference calls (2)
  • Distributor Bid
  • Work directly with expeditors to correct delivery slippages
Qualifications for supply chain buyer
  • Previous experience in purchasing
  • Possess above average analytical and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated cost-saving successes
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills to interface with all levels of management and other departments
  • Minimum 3 years experience in Purchasing, with intimate knowledge of buyer/supplier interactions and supplier expediting
  • Responsible for complex packages with the support of Senior / Lead Buyer

Supply Chain Buyer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of supply chain buyer. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for supply chain buyer
  • Train US and China Buyers
  • Develop contacts and relationships with Suppliers
  • Escalate any Supplier exceptions to PO terms and conditions during a RFP / RFQ to a Category Lead for negotiation and resolution with Legal, BU, and Supplier
  • Execute buying actions to support service supply chain products throughout their lifecycle by executing purchase plans with suppliers
  • Ensure all Purchase Orders are executed in a timely manner with appropriate acknowledgement responses from suppliers
  • Coordinate with suppliers to ensure shipment schedules meet materials plan and follow-up when necessary
  • Execute shipment pull-in and push-out for demand surge and demand decline situation
  • Resolve invoice and payment issues with suppliers
  • Produce supplier performance report and contributes to supplier performance review management
  • Prepares purchase orders and verifies specifications of purchase orders
Qualifications for supply chain buyer
  • Knowledge of hospital equipment and supplies
  • Degree in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry, or related business degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent plus a minimum of 5 – 8 years related experience with 3 – 5 years in IT Manufacturing/Supply Chain/Operation functions such as Purchasing/Commodity Management/Demand Management/Project Management
  • Prior hands-on experience working with an enterprise MRP system
  • Strong analytical and organization skills with a solid understanding of the dynamics among the key MRP and demand/supply variables such as BOM revision, manufacturing cycle time, component LT, transit time, ETA
  • Medical and Prescription Insurance

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