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MRO / Junior Buyer

Company name
Apple & Associates, Inc.

40,000 - $55,000

Columbia, SC
5 hit(s)  


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MRO Buyer South Carolina

This is a position that allows for advancement with a global automotive manufacturer


50 plus years as a provider to the automotive and engine industry

State of the art products individually tailored to customer needs (Tier one / Tier two Automotive OEM and aftermarket)

Global Company - International presence at 9 locations in Europe, North America, South America and Asia / This location is the corporate and main manufacturing location in the US


Growing Company with expanding product line

Completive Salary and Bonus Program

Group Medical Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield) / Dental plus Voluntary Vision and FSA

Basic Life / AD&D coverage

LTD and STD coverage

401K Plan as well as a Bonus Program based on Company Performance, Quality and Productivity

PTO / Paid Holidays

Relocation Package


Junior Buyer responsible for the procurement of multiple complex commodities such as capital equipment, MRO service

goods, and office Supplies. Reports to the Purchasing Director. Position open due to promotion of person previously in this position. Four other buyers in the department.

Responsible for identifying areas of supply chain improvement, supplier development, etc. for improvement

Responsible for coordinating the purchase of multiple, moderately complex components parts, to support production and operation

Review and analyze procurement requirements and place orders according to company guidelines using the appropriate system

Researches and develops suppliers of high quality components by preparing bids, proposals, or other informational requests that contain material specification and supplier operational data. Analyzes information to assess financial stability and manufacturing capabilities of suppliers, and assists in making sourcing decisions

Maintains positive relations with existing suppliers through communications of requirements, material requirements, and pricing objectives. Contacts suppliers regarding problems such as delayed receipt, poor quality, wrong items, etc. and resolves issues

Able to organize and execute advanced negotiation techniques and demonstrate consistent cost savings results to help meet company targets

Proactively performs supplier management activities through business reviews, supplier visits, and risk assessments. Acts as the voice of the customer and can clearly communicate the company’s needs and demands to the suppliers.

Visits supplier locations to review and analyze operation, and check quality, evaluating the company’s needs and demands to the suppliers.

Works with other department personnel, such as production, quality assurance, engineering, etc. to resolve defective or unacceptable goods, plan for future requirements, or incorporate technical needs into future bids and proposals. Refers more complex problems to higher level procurement buyers or to supervisor.

Maintains records and documentation pertaining to past activities, order specifications, supplier specifications and performance histories, etc. and provides information to management as needed.

Performs ongoing supplier market analysis to determine trends, risks, and opportunities and develops a strategy to develop new or existing suppliers and drive down costs


Associated Degree (Bachelor’s Preferred) in related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience

Minimum of 1 year (including internships) with Purchasing, Supply Chain Management, or related functions in a manufacturing environment

Advanced Excel and PowerPoint

Knowledge of SAP preferred

Experience with indirect material and MRO commodities is strongly preferred

Strong interpersonal skills

Customer service orientation

Excellent analytical and presentation skills

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Cannot be afraid to negotiate

Occasional visits to domestic suppliers

Company Profile
At Apple & Associates, we understand that relationships are what make us stand apart. Whether you are a client or a candidate, you are an extension of the Apple & Associates’ family. Many of our recruiters have been with the company since its earliest days. They take great pride in the relationships they build; always emphasizing high standards, ethics and quality service. Our President, Debi Apple started her recruiting career in Aiken, South Carolina. She quickly became a top producer and leading authority in recruiting for the medical device, pharmaceutical and consumer product industries. Her passion and drive led her to open Apple & Associates in 1993. Under her leadership, Apple & Associates has grown to be one of the leading recruiting firms in these industries. Our company is proud to represent two of the largest medical device and pharmaceutical companies in the U.S., Covidien (formerly known as Tyco Healthcare) and our first and longtime client, Becton Dickinson. Now headquartered in Chapin, South Carolina, Apple & Associates has offices from coast to coast, offering regional recruiting expertise throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Our searches and permanent placements represent all levels, from CEO to staff level positions.

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