• Buyer

    Job Locations US-OK-Oklahoma City
    Job ID 2018-1056
  • Overview

    Summary: Purchases materials, equipment, supplies and services of a specialized or complex nature in accordance with prescribed purchasing regulations and procedures. Reviews and analyzes purchase requisitions, investigates and develops sources of supplies, prepares bid specifications, issues bid requests and reviews quotations. As a specialist in assigned material categories, interprets purchasing procedures for departments and vendors, which requires a degree of technical knowledge. This position requires the use of initiative and independent judgment.


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Any one position may not include all of the listed duties, nor do all of the listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions within this classification.


    • Processes purchasing transactions according to policies established by UE policies and procedures.
    • Examines and analyzes purchase requisitions for completeness and accuracy of information; contacts department or initiator to clarify or complete information; determines method to process requisition based on dollar amount, timeliness required, existing open contracts, and/or competitive bidding.
    • Identifies and selects vendor to procure requisitioned commodities, meeting criteria such as price, quantity, quality and delivery date and then places orders to meet production schedule and customer requirements. Negotiate with suppliers to ensure best pricing and delivery.
    • Review and work PO suggestions daily.
    • Provide reports as required.
    • Monitor and track orders to ensure on-time delivery. Resolve issues on delivery, price and quality if they occur and inform all parties affected.
    • Reviewing reports for stock outs and expediting open orders.
    • Review and maintain order points for inventory stock levels.
    • Identifies needs and develops and refines specifications for commodities, supplies or equipment.
    • Develop new sources of supply, securing favorable terms for the Company; updates records and files and secures samples, descriptions, photos or information for review and records.
    • Interprets and communicates purchasing procedures; initiates requisitions and orders, and solves problems with orders.
    • Writes and distributes complex and technical bid invitations or requests for proposals; receives and analyzes bids, quotes, proposals, and awards the contract.
    • Resolves purchasing problems with vendor.
    • Monitor price increases and communicating changes as necessary.
    • Maintain a strong, personal commitment to the safety culture.
    • All other duties as assigned.




    To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:


    • Demonstrates quality work through accuracy, thoroughness and attention to detail.
    • Exhibits efficiency in problem solving by identifying and resolving problems in a timely manner.
    • Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills and share expertise with others.
    • Commitment to a standard of excellence in customer service.
    • Shows adaptability by effectively responding to frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
    • Exhibits superior dependability by consistently arriving to work on time and as scheduled.
    • Contributes to building a positive team environment through commitment, respect and communication.
    • Demonstrates professionalism by acting with integrity, high moral standards and personal accountability.
    • Shows organizational support by consistently following policy and procedures.


    Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.                      


    • Degree in business or a technical field preferred. High school diploma/general education degree (GED) or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
    • 3 years of experience as a buyer.
    • Knowledge of purchasing practices and procedures.
    • Knowledge of materials, products, and the commodity market in area of specialization.
    • Skill in preparing and analyzing complex technical specifications and bids.
    • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
    • Prefer candidates with a working knowledge of warehouse and inventory operations.
    • Experience with and knowledge of inventory software and programs.
    • Strong calculative and analytical skills.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Must be able to meet required deadlines and manage time effectively.
    • Ability to utilize desktop computer systems, hardware and operating systems.


    Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    • Ability to lift up to 25lbs.
    • Ability to sit for long periods of time.
    • Work in air conditioned office, outside and workshop.
    • Will be required on occasion to work more than 8 hours on one shift.
    • Requires occasional bending, stooping, lifting and carrying.
    • Reaching or handling with arms, hands and fingers.
    • Manual dexterity sufficient to work with fingers (i.e. frequent typing)
    • Normal vision with or without corrective lenses.


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