Senior Technical Buyer – 835391

Job #: 835391
Salary: 83K
Industry: Manufacturing
Type:Direct Hire
Location: Madison, WI
Category: Professional/Technical Positions

Description / Qualifications

Our Madison-area client is seeking a Senior Technical Buyer for their team. See below for an in-depth job description:

  • The ideal candidate will have experience in strategic sourcing of electrical controls and user interfaces.  Experience with IoT (Internet of Things) is a plus.
  • Select, qualify, and develop a strategic supply base.
  • Acquire sources for new technologies that provide us with a competitive advantage.
  • Serve as a commodity specialist by tracking and reporting market trends and economic conditions affecting assigned commodities.
  • Identify high-risk supply chains and implement contingency plans internally and externally.
  • Formulate sourcing strategies to support short-term and long-term operational requirements.
  • Develop accurate material cost forecasts based on market/industry/economic factors and suppliers’ pricing strategies.
  • Initiate and implement cost improvement projects with input from relevant stakeholders.
  • Lead and/or support supplier improvement initiatives and supplier quality assessments/audits.
  • Negotiate and maintain comprehensive contracts
  • Develop material and component cost models within commodity responsibilities to accurately predict future material costs for the organization.
  • Select and qualify suppliers based on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) incorporating customer needs, organizational goals, and market conditions.
  • Ability to work with technical personnel both internally and externally in early stages of design in order to drive down cost out and insure adherence to specifications that support company’s strategic vision.
  • High level of interpersonal and organizational savvy
  • Demonstrates creativity, technical skills, and problem solving attributes.
  • Exudes leadership qualities
  • Intermediate knowledge of materials and manufacturing methods/processes.
  • Willingness to continue technical education in assigned commodities.
  • Ability to travel extensively, both domestically and internationally.


  • Bachelors or better in Supply Chain or related field.
  • Excellent communication and attention to detail skills. Ability to prioritize work load and maintain flexibility.