Senior Buyer – 835352

Job #: 835352
Salary: 83K
Industry: Manufacturing
Type:Direct Hire
Location: Madison, WI
Category: Professional/Technical Positions

Description / Qualifications

Our Madison-based client is looking to add a Senior Buyer for their new product development team. This position is a full time direct hire and will assist in obtaining parts for their new products.


  • Select and certify suppliers based on quality, total cost, lead time, service, technical support, and financial stability.
  • Monitor, document, and communicate supplier performance in the areas of quality, delivery, and responsiveness to supplier corrective actions and sample submission requests.
  • Coordinate and facilitate early supplier involvement projects to insure adherence to industrial design intent, engineering specifications, and schedules, especially in support of new product development.
  • Formulate sourcing strategies to support short-term and long-term operational requirements.
  • Serve as a commodity specialist by tracking market trends and economic conditions affecting assigned commodities.
  • Submit timely reports concerning price trends, market conditions that affect supply, and recommendations for substitute materials and processes.
  • Research and implement opportunities for reducing component ‘total cost of ownership’.
  • Conduct on-site reviews of supplier facilities and product/process capability and capacity to assess current and potential supplier qualifications.
  • Lead and/or support supplier quality improvement initiatives and supplier quality assessments/audits.
  • Develop standard costs based on market/economic factors and projected price changes.
  • Analyze and explain any purchasing variances that occur. Special projects as assigned.


  • Education: Bachelors or better in Supply Chain or related field (required)
  • Experience: Five years experience of purchasing materials in a manufacturing environment (required)
  • Ability prioritize work load and maintain flexibility
  • Experience with new product development projects in varying sizes and durations
  • Excellent communication and attention to detail skills.
  • Preferred: CPSM or CPM certifications a plus