Senior Buyer

Operations Chicago, Illinois Leominster, Massachusetts Miamisburg, Ohio


About Us

At Genuine Cable Group (GCG), we are a leading North American distributor of wire, cable and connectivity solutions. GCG consists of six premier brands; SeacoastCobra Wire & CableElectro WireConnect-AirCPS Broadband and most recently, EmpireAt GCG We Make Connections Possible!

Job Description 

The Senior Buyer is responsible for purchase, specification and/or bid of a wide range of products and commodities.  Coordination and prior performance of activities involved with procuring goods and services, evaluating requisitions, resolving material and transactional problems with vendors, vendor selection, among other activities should be familiar for the right applicant.  The Senior Buyer also provides trending and reporting support as part of the procurement team.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborates with sales colleagues, operations and external vendors to obtain product or service information such as price, availability, and delivery schedule
  • Selects products for purchase in support of customer demand identifies in MRP system and procurement standard operation procedures
  • Manages effective product cost according to knowledge of market trends
  • Prepares purchase orders or bid requests
  • Reviews bid proposals and negotiates contracts within budgetary framework and scope of authority
  • Maintains procurement records such as items or services purchased, costs, delivery, product quality or performance, and inventories
  • Discusses defective or unacceptable goods or services with inspection or quality control personnel, users, vendors, and others to determine source of trouble and take corrective action
  • Approves invoices for payment/solves accounts payable issues
  • Trains colleagues in system utilization, standard operating procedures and procurement methodologies
  • Expedites delivery of goods to users
  • May manage a small team of buyers/expediters/analysts
  • Requires a Bachelor's Degree and/or equivalent work experience in related field
  • 5+ years of buying experience
  • Understanding of purchasing methods and inventory management concepts in a distribution environment
  • Understanding of logistics, basic accounting principles and warehouse operations
  • Understanding of profitability and financial impact of purchasing decisions
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of management
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills
  • Strong verbal and written skills
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Must possess a willingness to learn and teach
  • Must be detail oriented