Career Opportunity Application

Position: Buyer

Position Summary/Objective
The Buyer is a mid-level professional who will generate purchase orders for special and stock items in the most efficient manner through timing, combining stock and special orders and job orders to make pre-paid freight thresholds and achieve order requirement that yield extra discounts; work as a conduit with/between suppliers and sales to execute purchase order revisions (price discrepancies, add/delete/change items and ship dates) to ensure company is buying correctly; audit invoices to ensure company is paying correct prices and are being charged correct freight; manage supplier and item date in the AS400 and AQ systems so buyer/sales staff have current and accurate data to use when creating orders; control inventory by leveraging various exception reports.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Learn and possess current working knowledge of all assigned vendor lines.
  • Purchase special and stock items at the right quantity, right cost, and tight timing
  • Creation of new stock items
  • Create, cut, process purchase orders
  • Negotiate with vendors to ensure best cost possible to increase profitability
  • Maintain accurate and current supplier and item information to ensure that pricing, terms, and deals are proactively updated in the AS400 and AQ systems
  • Audit invoices and addressing any issues in a timely fashion where costs and freight terms are not correct
  • Maintain inventory for par levels by using various buying reports to ensure adequate fill rate is available for customers
  • Assist in providing price lists and reports to sales personnel on equipment products enabling timely and accurate pricing for Sales to provide to customers
  • Supervise and manage workload the Buyer Assistant (if applicable).
  • Advise sales personnel of out-of-stock items; estimated availability; and making recommendations for alternate product
  • Requires frequent contacts with vendors/manufacturer representatives, other TriMark Divisions, and other designated purchasing staff
  • Foster positive relations and communications with warehouse, receiving, sales, and accounting personnel
  • Other duties as assigned
Competencies, Skills and Abilities
  •  Ability to multi-task at a high level
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong sense of ownership
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Excellent customer service attitude
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Ability to manage a heavy workload
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to type 50+ wpm
  • 10-key proficient
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent math skills; firm grasp on basic accounting
  • Intermediate level knowledge and experience with MS Office Suite
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Ability to work independently
Education & Experience
Essential Education:
  • Post-secondary higher education indicating level of self-investment
  • Must complete CFSP Test within first 3 years of employment
Preferred Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration – Operations, Supply Chain
  • Completion of or credits toward CPM certification
Essential Experience:
  • Minimum 2 years buying experience
  • Demonstrated success managing a role with competing priorities and tight deadlines
  • Demonstrated success working across multiple computer platforms in a fast-pace environment
Preferred Experience:
  • 4+ years buying experience
  • Experience in buying food service equipment or similar goods for a service industry
  • Some personnel management experience
  • Experience using AS400 or similar “green screen” program utilizing function for navigation

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