Sr. Purchasing Analyst

Finance Seattle, Washington


Reporting to the Manager of Purchasing, the Senior Buyer is primarily responsible for administering purchase orders in accordance with established policies, procedures and generally accepted purchasing practices. The Senior Buyer purchases goods and services on behalf of stakeholders from a diverse set of departments. The Senior Buyer manages new and existing vendor relationships, as well as supports the Manager of Purchase by training requesters on policies, processes, and systems.

Job Duties:

  • Train and assist employees with issues related to the submission of purchase requests
  • Review purchase requests for appropriate account coding and necessary approvals
  • Evaluate bids and proposals from vendors in accordance with established policies
  • Negotiate favorable pricing, payment, and other contractual terms with vendors
  • Develop preferred vendor sources for frequently used goods or services
  • Place purchase orders for goods and services pursuant to established policies
  • Maintain appropriate supporting documentation for all purchases
  • Resolve issues with vendors – PO to invoice discrepancies in a timely manner
  • Articulate purchasing policies and procedures to end users and continually reinforce compliance with purchasing practices
  • Collaborate with the Manager of Purchasing in identifying and implementing process improvements
  • Assist with ad hoc projects and perform other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications


  • 2 – 5 years of experience in a purchasing role for a SaasS company with annual revenues of at least $50 million – experience in a technology company desirable
  • Thorough understanding of purchasing principles, processes, and procedures
  • Experience evaluating vendor bids, negotiating pricing and other contractual terms, and managing on-going relationships
  • Hands-on experience with at least one major ERP system – preferably NetSuite
  • Track record for meeting deadlines
  • Familiarity with the application of internal controls in a purchasing context
  • Service oriented with a collaborative approach toward problem-solving
  • Proficient using Excel, Word and other Microsoft Office applications
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form

Required Education


  • Bachelor's degree in business administration or combination of experience and other relevant training

About Avalara

We're building cloud-based tax compliance solutions to handle every transaction in the world.

Imagine every transaction you make — every tank of gas, cup of coffee, or pair of sneakers, every movie ticket, meal kit, or streamed song, every sensor-to-sensor ping. Nearly every time you make a purchase, physical or digital, there's an accompanying unique and nuanced tax compliance calculation.

The logic behind calculating taxes — the rules, rates, and boundaries — is a global, layered, three-dimensional mess of complexity, with compliance dictated by governments and applied by every business, every day.

Avalara works with businesses of all sizes, all over the world — from corner stores to gigantic global retailers — to calculate tax accurately and automatically, at speeds measured in milliseconds.

That's a massive technical challenge, in terms of scale, reliability, and complexity, and we do it better than anyone. That's why we're growing fast.

Headquartered in Seattle, Avalara has offices across the U.S. and around the world, in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, India, and the U.K.

Avalara is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, national orientation, disability, sexual orientation, US Veteran status, or any other factor protected by law.

Avalara is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, national orientation, disability, sexual orientation, US Veteran status, or any other factor protected by law.