Purchasing Buyer

GEISMAR NORTH AMERICA, INC. - Beaufort, SC

Full-time

JOB TITLE: RAIL / ROLLING STOCK BUYER

Geismar is the worlds’ leading supplier of solutions dedicated to installation, maintenance and control of railway and overhead line systems. As railway industry specialists, we are present all over the world, wherever there are rail networks, and that means conventional, urban and high-speed.

Our strong international presence reflects the diversity of cultures and experience of our teams. Each year, Geismar recruits talented, passionate and open-minded people who contribute to meeting our customers’ needs.

The Geismar North America branch is expanding its established business in Beaufort, South Carolina. We are seeking a strong Buyer to join our Beaufort South Carolina team.

This is not a Contract position.

Minimum of five years of Purchasing experience; railroad, automotive, aerospace, heavy industrial equipment manufacturing preferred.

Job Summary:

The qualified candidate will procure required products and services with the most favorable value, terms and conditions for the company. They will support and participate in vendor management activities, including sourcing, monitoring, evaluation and potential re-sourcing. This position reports to the Purchasing Manager. They will work closely with the Purchasing Manager and junior purchasing assistant to manage the planning and follow-up of procurement needs as requested by the engineering, technical, manufacturing production and customer service departments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Buyer - As a Rail / Rolling Stock Buyer you’ll be responsible for delivering a wide range of products to support various project and customer needs. Your duties will include, although not be limited to:

  • Managing projects through the lifecycle of bid, initiate, mobilize, delivery and close-out stages, ensuring all work undertaken is done so in a timely manner and to a high standard
  • Operate within accepted company and industry purchasing methods and standards.
  • Understand, execute and assist in the development of purchasing policies and procedures within the organization.
  • Develop over time a full and broad understanding of company products and services and those products and services required from the vendor base.
  • Procure required products and services with the most favorable value, terms and conditions.
  • Support and participate in vendor management activities, including sourcing, monitoring, evaluation and potential re-sourcing.
  • Negotiate with manufacturing or service providers on cost of goods and services procured.
  • Make recommendations to management on possible purchases, trend data and potential savings.
  • Seek and recommend new products to improve company performance.
  • Generate and monitor ideas to maintain and improve performance to budget.
  • Coordinate needs from Sales, Customer Service and Manufacturing through established or developing procurement systems.
  • Assist all departments in determination of needs and suitable sourcing,
  • Monitor, follow-up and expedite as necessary all orders to required delivery times.
  • Resolve discrepancies or negotiate settlements to the best long-term advantage of the organization.
  • ERP/MRP experience required. M3 highly desired. SAP experience beneficial.
  • Rail, Automotive, Heavy Equipment manufacturing experience strongly desired. Steel and/or sheet metal, machined components purchasing experience strongly desired,
  • General proficiency in MS Office, spreadsheet management, database management.
  • Ability to develop effective internal and external working relationships
  • Excellent attention to detail with superb organization skills, and the ability to work independently using own initiative
  • Self-motivated and proactive approach to work
  • Solid understanding of statutory legal health, safety and environmental standards.Essential Qualifications:
  • Minimum of five years of Purchasing experience; railroad, automotive, aerospace, heavy industrial equipment manufacturing preferred
  • Ability to read a blueprint and/or engineering documents

BENEFITS

GEISMAR NORTH AMERICA, INC. offers a robust benefits package [upon completion of plan guideline requirements and probationary period(s)] to include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance coverage (Employer share approximately 80%)
  • Company paid Group Life, STD and LTD
  • 401K Plan with Employer Disbursement of 3% of Annual Salary, PLUS an additional one-to-one match of up to 3% when Employees contributions at least 3%
  • Paid Time Off (accrues at 5 hours per pay period; up to 120 hours per year)
  • 10 ½ Paid Holidays

GEISMAR OF NORTH AMERICA, INC. is an EEOC compliant company. It is our policy not to discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of age, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, race, religion, or veteran status.

We support affirmative action to ensure that the EEO Policy is implemented, with particular regard to: advertising, application procedures, compensation, demotion, employment, fringe benefits, job assignment, job classification, layoff, leave, promotion, recruitment, rehire, social activities, training, termination, transfer, upgrade, and working conditions.

We are dedicated to making it understood by the employment entities with whom we do business, and in employment opportunity announcements that the foregoing is company policy and all employment decisions are based on individual merit only.

We encourage qualified disabled persons, minorities, special disabled veterans, and Vietnam Era veterans to apply for employment. Individuals who may need reasonable accommodate are encouraged to apply.

It is our policy of that all company activities, facilities, and job sites are non-segregated. Separate or single-user toilet and changing facilities are provided to assure privacy.

Finally, we ensure and maintain a working environment free of coercion, harassment, and intimidation at all job sites, and in all facilities at which employees are assigned to work. Any violation of the policy should be immediately reported to your supervisor or the company Human Resources Manager.

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • Microsoft Office: 5 years (Required)
  • Industrial Manufacturing Purchasing: 5 years (Preferred)
  • Contract Negotiation: 5 years (Required)
  • Purchasing: 5 years (Required)
  • Sourcing: 5 years (Required)
  • SAP: 5 years (Required)

Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Required)

License:

  • Purchasing Certification (Preferred)

Language:

  • English (Required)