Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids, MI
Depends on Experience 


The Buyer I works hand in hand with the Commodity Specialist to procure critical materials, parts, equipment and supplies for the organization. The Buyer I recommends and procures products where the financial impact to the Company is moderate. The Buyer I ensures that products purchased are of excellent quality, procured at a competitive price and delivered as promised.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

·        Coordinate procurement of required products from intent to purchase through delivery

·        Determine the requirements of commodities, including specifications, quality and schedule requirements

·        Request and evaluate quotes for the commodities

·        Negotiate the lowest possible cost for commodities that meet quality, quantity and schedule requirements

·        Implement purchase orders that comply with company and government regulations

·        Manage and maintain required documentation for purchases, including orders, amendments and shipping notices

·        Apply Total Cost of Acquisition principle to short and long term buying decisions

·        Support the Commodity Specialist in the bid for bid process

·        Purchase approval required after $5,000

·        Perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor

Job Requirements

·        BA or minimum 2 years successful administration experience

·        Previous experience in Purchasing, preferred

·        Excellent verbal and written communication skills

·        Proficiency with Microsoft Office software

·        Excellent organizational skills