Job offer:

Technical Buyer



Vacancy located in:

Melrose Park, IL

Job description:

The Technical Buyer is responsible for acquiring materials, supplies, and services to support manufacturing and operations, with a continuous focus on improving quality and reducing costs.



  • Analyze data forecasts and conduct pertinent analyses on the industrial market in order to stay relevant, competitive as a stand out within the industry.
    • Research available public information and data including but not limited to government and non-government agency data bases, online public libraries, case studies, commercial sources, and scholarly news through educational institutions to understand the competition in regards to purchasing market trends.
    • Stay updated on all internal data to gain insight on how Interlake Mecalux has historically maintained contracts and/or agreements.


  • Investigate supplier consolidation for potential cost savings.
    • Analyze supply chain costs as well as suppliers/vendor expenses and value by evaluating total unit cost which is determined by the price amended by internal and external factors, such as in-transit damage, incorrect invoices, recurrent expediting of shipments, disadvantage status, high switching costs, transportation, natural disasters, supplier failure, or changes in law.  Costs for each factor must be quantified in hard costs (i.e. producing an invoice) and soft costs (i.e. no direct cash outlay, such as time wasted on correcting errors and expediting shipments). Factors are sorted into three categories: cost factors, performance factors, and policy factors. These are all used in determining the unit price to get the unit total cost.
    • Assess the impact of increased purchase power, lowered freight, improved quality, and stronger contractual agreements.
    • Share consolidated supplier proposals to management to present leverage for negotiations at lower costs.


  • Lead contract and purchasing negotiations for industrial machinery and services by:
    • Negotiating with vendors/suppliers by phone, email, and face-to-face meetings as it pertains to new service purchasing agreements.
    • Maintaining communication with existing partners/suppliers in order to engage in renegotiation of contract terms and conditions as well as payment and leasing options.


  • Source and evaluate vendors and suppliers, benchmark costs savings best practices, develop contractual goals, lead negotiations, place and expedite purchase orders. 
    • Find and compare at minimum, three competitive comparable purchase/service proposals for each request in order to leverage negotiations on company’s position to secure the best value and deal.
    • Place purchase orders based on benchmark analysis on dimensions, quality, time, and cost.  Then track vendors/suppliers’ services and deliveries to ensure that agreed upon terms are met and finalized.


  • Understand and consider production schedules, resource requirements, and workflow to secure on-time material and maintenance, repair, operations ("MRO") supplies to the production facilities. 
    • Monitor material and parts use and perform analysis based on historical data and current levels of consumption to forecast appropriate stock levels.  This is determined by reviewing the number of units ordered in a P.O., the date ordered, and the number of units ordered in the next or previous P.O. and its date.  The difference in units ordered and the days between orders over time reflects level of consumption.
    • Communicate with production and distribution centers to gather information about its production schedules, resources and urgent requirements, and workflows.
    • Cross-match the information with vendors and suppliers to guarantee the on-time material and MRO, acting as a liaison between our plants and warehouses and the vendors and suppliers.


  • Conduct supplier risk analysis and develop strategic methods to maximize efficiency and minimize costs with the industrial manufacturing processes.
    • Evaluate vendor and supplier processes, policies, and financial wealth to determine how much risk the company would endure while working with each vendor/supplier.  This is done by reading supplier/vendor terms and conditions, reviewing their policies, sometimes examining their financials.
    • Research vendors/suppliers’ previous projects and past and current clients through publicly posted reviews and through conducting reference checks.
    • Based on the supplier risk analysis, propose measures to mitigate and/or reduce risk and alternative suppliers if need it.


  • Confer with industrial suppliers, industrial management teams, and vendors regarding purchases, production specifications, and manufacturing capabilities:
    • Cultivate relationships with cross-functional internal teams, build and leverage strategic partnerships with vendors to foster relationships that lead to mutual business benefits.


  • Determine the impact of new assets and goods on company’s performance and operations:
    • Evaluate the extent in which new purchases that constitute fixed or intangible assets impact the area of business or the business during the lift-span of the asset, using methods like time value, cost of acquisition, leverage of factors, cost of run time and operations in conjunction with the outcome of forecast and benefits. Time value the cost of acquisition, cost of running and operating, and expected outcome.
    • Prepare meetings and present results of risk analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and any additional conclusions to upper management to assist in informed decision-making.


  • Auditing operations and purchasing processes to create more effective practices, increase efficiency, and improve productivity, quality, and safety while reducing costs:
    • Perform empirical analysis based on evaluation of information on how resources are utilized and where improvements can be targeted.
    • Utilize both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to achieve unbiased results by gathering data and performing numerical analysis gather non-numerical data with the goal to gain more comprehensive information.
    • Work individually and/or collaboratively with vendors/suppliers and stakeholders to audit best practices and resources usages that verify costs are reduced or within acceptable parameters, requirements and business standards are meet, user complains are minimize or inexistence, and materials and resources are optimally utilized exploited.
  • Facilitate and coordinate activities required to ensure projects are completed on time and in a manner consistent with organization goals and the terms and conditions of the contract.
    • Act as liaison and serve as a point of contact between suppliers/vendors and the stakeholders of the project. Managing different sources of information, project requirements, maintain documentation, communicate project progress, facilitate project-related meetings

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Finance or related field of study.
  • At least two years of related experience
  • Familiarity with material flow in a manufacturing environment
  • Professional communication skills
  • Familiarity with SAP and/or another major MRP/ERP preferred.
  • Advanced proficiency in MS Excel


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