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Senior Buyer in New Brighton, MN at Headway Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 2/11/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

On behalf of our client, Headway Workforce Solutions is now accepting candidates for a Senior Buyer position in the New Brighton, MN area!

As a Senior Buyer you will……

  • Be responsible for developing purchasing schedules, supplier selection and management, negotiating and purchasing subcontract machined products and fabrications.
  • Perform a variety of production planning activities in addition to purchasing required to attain production objectives in a complex and dynamic environment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Reviews, negotiates and approves purchase requisitions, analyzes and works with internal technical customers in developing functional specifications, prepares RFQ’s, effectively sources and obtains proposals on assigned requirements.
  • Performs analysis, and negotiates commercial terms with suppliers.
  • Participates in the proposal estimating process by providing timely and accurate quotes to Sales and work closely with Engineering on make/buy decisions and design changes.
  • Participate in qualifying and selecting new suppliers, including conducting supplier performance visits and monitoring supplier performance.
  • Track and publish supplier performance metrics.
  • Utilizes pricing and cost analysis techniques to assure that the organization is receiving the best value for its purchasing dollar.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Five years of purchasing experience
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. ‘Green Card Holder’), Political Asylee, or Refugee.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Purchasing experience in the aerospace industry or in a precision machine shop environment.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, effective negotiation skills, good understanding of cost analysis and price analysis techniques and a basic understanding of contract law.
  • Ability to read, analyze and understand technical subjects in the aerospace industry such as technical specifications, technical procedures and process descriptions.
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients and customers.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Mechanical comprehension.

Additional Information:

  • Hours: 800am to 5:00 pm
  • 6+ mth contract (potential temp to hire)


Headway Workforce Solutions provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetics, or protected veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, Headway Workforce Solutions complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, training, tuition assistance, education, social recreation programs and benefits.