Senior Buyer

Customer Service Central Point, Oregon


Position Purpose

Responsible for procurement of item requirements to support the Master Production Schedule, Customer Orders, unscheduled demand and for the planning and maintenance of purchased parts inventory buffer levels.  Responsible for setting up and maintaining a strong supply chain management system in support of corporate objectives using the material requirements planning system, forecasts, and production plan. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain strong vendor relationships.
  • Establish, monitor and purchase inventory to buffer requirements based on: Master production schedule/forecast, customer demand, and production plan.  Negotiating contracts with vendors using target-pricing strategy.
  • Negotiate with vendors to target pricing strategy and delivery schedules to support customer demand.
  • Make procurement decisions/recommendations to support corporate objectives.
  • Be an active participant or leader on teams for process improvement activities.
  • Communication of delays, shortages, problems, issues relating to purchase of items for inventory.  Assisting in devising and carrying out plans to resolve issues effectively.
  • Carry out activities relating to policies, procedures and information from management to working team of planner/buyers.
  • Special projects as required by management.
  • Monitor back order reports to ensure vendors are delivering items on time to support corporate objectives.
  • Assist in devising and carrying out plans to resolve issues effectively.
  • Participate in strategic sourcing projects in data gathering and simple analysis.
  • Undertake market research and identifies supplier sources.
  • Monitor performance against KPIs and report on performance issues in accordance with GSC procurement standards.
  • Perform data entry of purchase order entry and recordkeeping of completed work.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum High school diploma.
  • 5+ years planner/buyer experience. 
  • Preferred: APICS/ISM certification or post high school education in relevant field, especially aerospace.
  • 4 Year degree desired or equivalent combination of education and experience Enterprise/Material Requirements Planning (ERP/MRP) systems.

Knowledge of:

  • Enterprise/Material Requirements Planning (ERP/MRP) systems.
  • DAX fluency.
  • Purchasing standards, and techniques.  Required to keep up with new techniques and practices as they are developed.

Skill in:

  • Microsoft Office applications (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook, Visio).
  • Negotiating provisions, contracts and monitoring performance of vendors.

Ability to:

  • Provide excellent customer service and conduct business in a respectful and professional manner.
  • Learn and understand basic manufacturing, engineering and quality jargon.
  • Operate and contribute effectively as an individual and as a member of a team.
  • Written and verbal communications required along with the ability to make presentation to supervisor and other co-workers.
  • Adapt to a changing work environment and be flexible in approach.


Safety and Work Environment – Identifies hazardous or potentially hazardous situations and takes appropriate action to maintain a safe and productive work environment for self and others. Follows Guiding Principle “Be Safe”.

Effective Communication - Actively listens to others. Communicates with others clearly, openly, and respectfully. Uses all forms of communication effectively and appropriately (includes email, text, IM).

Teamwork - Works with and supports others to achieve organizational goals. Meets individual and team deadlines and responsibilities. Assumes additional responsibilities when needed. Responds constructively to instructions and procedures. Listens to others and values opinions and is respectful of team members and other Erickson employees. Works effectively with team leader or manager and promotes a positive team environment.

Accountable to Achieving Commitments - Achieves commitments to both internal and external customers. Produces high quality work by being attentive to detail and maintaining accuracy. Works in a conscientious, consistent, and thorough manner to meet all schedules and timelines. Anticipates potential problems. Finds the root cause of problems and takes appropriate action. Makes continuous improvement to processes and results.

Adaptability to Change - Understands, accepts, and supports the need for business change and helping others with transitions. Adapts and adjusts to change within own area of responsibility as well as accepting the need for change more broadly. Actively identifies and leads change within area of responsibility.

“We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, inquiry or discussion about compensation, or any other characteristic protected by law.”

Individuals hired by Erickson must provide documentation of full vaccination against COVID-19 or documentation of a valid exemption. Those with exemptions will be reasonably accommodated only if such accommodations do not pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others or an undue burden or Erickson’s operations.