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Associate Buyer in Houston, TX at AZZ Inc.

Date Posted: 10/10/2018

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Job Description

General Description:

We are seeking an Associate Buyer to manage the daily procurement, expediting & processing of orders for material, equipment, and outside processing services at the lowest cost consistent with the quality and service required.

Education, Certifications, Licenses & Registrations:

High school diploma AND 1-2 years of buying experience.

Skills and Experience:

  • Familiar with Material Requirements Planning (MRP)
  • Knowledge of legal and ethical purchasing guidelines, technical considerations for materials and services purchased
  • Able to use manufacturing software system
  • Must be trained in applicable SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) and work instructions, if any.
  • Lean training preferred.
  • Oracle experience is a huge plus but at least 2 years’ experience with an ERP system required.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office: Word and Excel  

Essential Duties:

  1. Prepares purchase orders and places orders for the purchase of goods and services.
  2. Evaluate the BOM item requirements for price and delivery with minimum supervision
  3. Consolidate and procure items by vendor with very minimum supervision
  4. Assist scheduling by expediting late purchased items
  5. Maintain blanket purchase orders and releases as required for manufacturing
  6. Resolves delivery and quality issues with vendors
  7. Correlate all information required for a new vendor to meet ISO preferred vendor list
  8. Quote office, shop supplies and place orders to maintain sufficient supply
  9. Maintain a professional working relations with all vendor
  10. Interpret, analyze, and respond to raw material requirements via MRP messages, horizontal view and Kanban/JIT reports. Place, follow up, and expedite purchase orders to secure on time delivery of purchased materials or outside process services to ensure material availability to meet scheduled production.
  11. Interface with other functional departments to facilitate resolution of valid vendor issues.
  12. Place orders for supplies and equipment per requisitions received from various departments within the company.
  13. Ensure that materials and services sourced represent the best possible value on a Total Cost of Ownership basis.
  14. Work cross-functionally and with suppliers to ensure continuous improvement in terms of quality, delivery and cost.
  15. Demonstrates continuous efforts to improve operations, increase turnaround times, streamline work processes and work cooperatively and jointly, to provide quality customer service for all internal and external customers.
  16. Ensure that open purchase orders are routinely monitored and closed as appropriate.
  17. Performs other duties as assigned by Supply Chain Manager

Work Environment:

Temperature-controlled office with moderate noise level.

Physical Demands:

Office position, primarily sedentary.  Spends app. 2/3 of time seated, talking/hearing, reading, and using hands/fingers to write, type, etc.  Generally requires clear vision at 20 inches or less for reading/writing.


Regular attendance during office hours.




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