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Senior Buyer


Direct Hire


Pearland, TX


5 years

This role requires the day-to-day procurement execution and support for major equipment and auxiliaries. This includes RFQ, PO entry and management, supplier selection, supplier management & sourcing, expediting, cost control, material PO-invoice resolution, auditing and procurement reporting.

Roles & Responsibilities

·      Foster an environment of teamwork, compliance and continual improvement

·      Adhere to the Company's objectives, i.e. Safety, Quality, Environmental and Information Security

·      Ensure compliance with departments standard operating procedures

·      Ensure that all requests from internal customers, for assigned categories, have clearly defined mechanical, performance and quality specifications and/or scope of work to effectively communicate requirements to potential suppliers

·      Prepare Requests for Quotation (RFQ) or Proposal (RFP) documents in accordance with the specifications and/or scopes of work, including all technical, commercial, and quality requirements

·      Review supplier quotes and negotiates terms in order to achieve the best overall value (cost, delivery, payment terms, freight)

·      Determine, initiate and follow through on the appropriate action to resolve various issues related to material, specification, deviations, non-conformance, billing, etc.

·      Consistent and timely updates for PO delivery dates as changes or delays are identified

·      Effectively manages and monitors open order status and past due PO reports to hold suppliers accountable and communicate timely to the organization

·      Work closely with Scheduling, Project Managers and Engineers to optimize the information in purchases requests to mitigate any internal or external issues with procuring materials

·      Conduct commercial negotiations and ensure properly documented achievements for KPI metrics with regard to cost savings, payment terms, freight, etc.

·      Prepare and issue purchase orders, purchase order changes and negotiated outline agreements, as needed, to support operations’ need dates and customer contract dates

·      Collaborate with Supplier Quality Manager to monitor and evaluate supplier performance through the use of open order reports and communicating quarterly metrics such as quality and OTD

·      Regular follow up and expediting of materials/services, as required to support the business needs

·      Ensure that supplier issues after the issuance of a purchase order are resolved timely and effectively, this includes but is not limited to delivery issues, quality issues, and invoicing issues

·      Initiate the supplier correction action requests process (SCARPA) for non-conforming materials and follow through to completion for rework or replacement of material, submission of required documents and charge backs to recover any costs incurred

·      Assist with identifying & qualifying new suppliers for assigned categories, agree on terms and negotiate supply agreements when appropriate, including discount structures and volume rebates

·      Proactively identify and communicate significant supplier, material, transit, cost and/or market trends that would impact business

·      As required, visit supplier’s manufacturing facilities to verify progress of any scope of work being managed by PM’s and Commissioning/Warranty Managers as needed

·      Raise concern and escalation for any potential delays to corresponding NUB/Commissioning & Warranty Project Managers

·      Build and maintain a status report for all open material requirements and communicate issues that will require involvement from Engineering/Procurement/Quality

·      Promptly report findings, observations, recommendations, corrective/preventative actions taken and/or implemented by any parties involved, for assigned equipment

·      Proactively mitigate or escalate any possible delays internally and externally to avoid slippage in deliveries

·      Work with IT, QA and other departments on continuous improvement projects related to systems and processes

·      Initiate and coordinate with various service providers to support production, external and on-site

·      Support the development of policies, work procedures, and provide related training to internal stakeholders

·      Ensure that PO delivery dates are maintained accurately in SAP for stakeholder visibility and reporting integrity

·      Update required status reports on defined frequency for CSB spares

·      Attend required meetings with operations, engineering, project management, spare parts team, etc. for purchased part issues affecting production schedules or customer delivery dates

·      Complete all required company training, as assigned, in a timely manner

·      Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice


·      Experience or exposure to the turbomachinery or related energy equipment manufacturing industry

·      Strong mechanical aptitude

·      Clear understanding and working knowledge of BOM structures including dimensioning and tolerance method

·      Good knowledge of all procurement functions, terms and conditions, Incoterms, Uniform Commercial Code, fair business practices, procurement ethics and knowledge of sources to gather critical market information is required

·      Strong proficiency to read and understand engineering drawings and specifications, supplier Gantt chart schedules, material status reports, ITPs, etc.

·      Experience in low volume, high mix manufacturing environments (job shop)

·      Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve technical issues

·      Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business or a related field or a minimum of 5 years of outsource machining and various forms of carbon & stainless-steel raw material procurement experience in lieu of a Bachelor’s Degree

·      Detailed understanding of dimensioning & tolerances methods

·      Basic understanding of BOM structure

·      Excellent written and verbal communication skills

·      Proficient in SAP (MM module) or similar ERP system, and MS Office including Excel, Word and Outlook

·      High degree of service orientation to build strong and value adding relationships with manufacturing, engineering and after sales service personnel are required

·      Ability to work with minimal supervision and prioritize multiple tasks with ever changing priorities

·      Curiosity and willingness to learn and grow with the organization

·      Positive attitude with a strong affinity to change management

·      Strong planning and analytical skills

·      Basic understanding of cost accounting

·      Cool and calm under fire in fast paced work environments

·      Ability to influence internal customers to follow Procurement best practices

·      Excellent organization, communication and presentation skills

·      Travel percentage 5% to 10%.

Preferred Skills

·      Experience or exposure to the turbomachinery industry

·      APICS certifications such as CPIM, CSCP

·      Good understanding of Lean and other continuous improvement principles

·      Experience in multi-cultural work environments

·      Exposure to quality systems and inspection techniques

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