The Buyer II performs all functions needed to ensure the lowest total cost of purchased materials, timely delivery, and acceptable quality to support the site. The purpose is to balance the objectives of maximum product availability with strategic inventory plans. The Buyer II will be responsible for identifying, negotiating, and implementing cost savings initiatives working with cross-functional teams. A history of strong project management and relationship building skills are critical to this position.
- Place and maintain purchase orders to support manufacturing and MRO.
- Coordinate out-of-house product assembly for PCBA.
- Issuance of RFIs, RFPs and RFQs using best practices to identify best value.
- Understand and appropriately maintain the Kanban system.
- Responsible for the management of high quality supplier performance. Seek continuous improvement opportunities with our suppliers.
- Expedite and status deliveries as necessary to support the internal customer.
- Resolve all issues involving discrepancies, receiving quality holds, and invoice discrepancies, which may hinder final payment to the supplier.
- Demonstrate effective problem-solving skills by working independently and engaging appropriate cross functional teams to address vendor/part issues.
- Maintain open lines of communication with suppliers for prompt resolution of quality or delivery problems.
- Provide timely communications to all internal team members on the status of any supplier quality or delivery problems.
Education, Background, and Skill Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree in related field and 5+ years of relevant experience in procurement and supply chain.
- Two (2) years manufacturing and MRP experience.
- Additional experience in planning, manufacturing, quality, or engineering disciplines desired.
- Computer proficiency required in Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
- Support supplier risk mitigation activities.
- Detailed oriented.
- Demonstrated high levels of verbal and written communication, human relation skills, and reasoning ability.
- Ability to effectively negotiate price, quality, and delivery schedules to maximize cost savings and supplier performance.
- Full understanding of the legal aspects of purchasing and the ability to negotiate and manage contractual relations.
- Excellent skills in multi-tasking, organization, and prioritization of multiple projects.
- Basic understanding of Lean concepts and the ability to use supply chain management principles to support continuous improvement.
- Regular and prompt attendance.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
- Ability to see and hear well (either naturally or with correction) and speak clearly.
- Coordinate the movement of your eyes, hands, or fingers.
- Physical requirements included: bending, sitting, squatting, walking, lift items overhead, and standing.
- Frequent computer screen, keyboard, and mouse use.
- Lift up to thirty (30) pounds periodically during your shift.
The Technical Sales Coordinator plays a vital role in creating and maintaining the company’s positive image by ensuring that customer and sales channel partners are served efficiently with a high level of communications on all aspects of the sales process. This person must be able to discuss measurement objectives and the operational conditions likely to affect them, recommend instrument solutions, and clearly communicate technical information. The Technical Sales Coordinator is the key point of contact for customers and channel partners and provides both pre- and post-sales support. Customers primarily include research scientists, environmental monitoring service providers, channel partner resellers, and international distributors.
- Apply sales and service policies and processes. Communicate, liaise, and negotiate internally and externally using appropriate methods to facilitate the development of profitable business and sustainable relationships. Sales process continuous improvement and sustainment are a key deliverable for this position.
- Identify all technical issues of assigned accounts to assure complete customer satisfaction through all stages of the sales process and post-sales support and resolve issues in a timely manner.
- Manage Coastal demonstration instrument pool.
- Develop, retain, and communicate competent knowledge of company products and their operation. Utilize relevant engineering expertise and solid understanding of the various customer use cases and deployment environments, and the principles behind the determination of fundamental physical and bio-geochemical water quality measurements to guide customers to best solutions for their measurement requirements.
- Combine technical product knowledge and understanding of unique coastal applications and deployment environments with a consultative sales approach to provide industry’s best system solutions and support by utilizing the Coastal business unit’s full range of products and general best practices in data collection.
- Engage with existing and prospective customers and channel partners to assess their application specific requirements for instruments and systems, and recommend integrated solutions based on the suite of instruments that ensure highest data quality and reliability for the customer’s unique application and deployment conditions.
- Support existing customers and provide support in channel partner expansion by corresponding in a timely manner, primarily via phone and email, to provide technical applications assistance, product information, obtain purchase orders and contracts, process sales orders, and conduct market research.
- Actively engage with product management, marketing, and engineering teams within the company to convey VOC and determine if and how customer requirements might be met through recommendations for changes in product design, features, options, processes, or quality.
- Travel is required as necessary to meet team and customer demands and may vary from 5% to 10%.
- Perform additional tasks as assigned.
Education, Background, and Qualification Requirements
- Bachelors in science or engineering preferred. 3 to 5 years equivalent experience in technical sales with sales administrative experience will also be considered.
- Self-motivated, detail-oriented with a positive outlook and a clear focus on high quality and business success.
- Mature, credible, and comfortable in dealing with scientists, resource managers, sales channel territory managers and field technicians.
- Experience selling or supporting technically sophisticated product is required.
- Experience in sales and/or marketing to international customers and channel partners is desired.
- Competent writer of business letters, quotations and proposals.2nd language fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, French, or Portuguese is desired.
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
- Data and fact-based problem solving skills.
- Persuasive and effective communicator.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR), Sea-Bird Electronics is an international corporation headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Sea-Bird is the largest manufacturer of marine instruments for measurement of salinity, temperature, pressure, dissolved oxygen, and related oceanographic variables. We offer an entrepreneurial environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at Sea-Bird gives you access to a robust career development process and challenging "stretch" opportunities.
Working at Sea-Bird
- Commitment to associate safety and product quality
- Creative work schedule solutions and options
- Solution-focused team environment
- More than a job, a real chance to make a difference
We offer flexible and comprehensive benefits to help meet the needs of today's varied lifestyles. We offer our associates a benefits package that includes, but is not limited to:
- Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
- Short- & Long-Term Disability
- Associate Life Insurance
- Holiday and Vacation pay
- Flex Spending
Sea-Bird Electronics is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic, and to base decisions on employment so as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity. We follow all AA/ADAAA guidelines and are a non-smoking facility. We strongly support health, wellness, and safety, and are a drug and alcohol free workplace and test all new hires.
This company is a federal contractor subject to the affirmative action and non-discrimination requirements of Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, 38 USC Section 4212, as amended. The implementing regulations at 41 CFR 60-1.4, 41 CFR 60-250.5, 300.5 and 741.5 are incorporated here by reference.
Danaher is a global science and technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries. A globally diverse team of 71,000 associates, we are united by our culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which is our competitive advantage. In 2014, we generated $19.9 billion in revenue and our market cap exceeded $60 billion. We are ranked #149 on the Fortune 500 list and during the past 20 years, our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 Index by nearly 2,800 percent.
At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We're innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you'll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team. For more information please visit our website: www.danaher.com