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Buyer – Supply Chain

Supply Chain


Role Profile & Pay Grade:
Non-Exempt, VIII


Van Wert, Ohio


We make life better, one relationship
and one vehicle at a time.


To be the partner of choice, dedicated to
safety and innovation, delivering an exceptional
 experience through empowered employees.

Summary of Responsibilities

The Supply Chain Buyer is responsible for the implementation and coordination of material acquisition. Research, select, & purchase quality products & materials. Build & maintain supplier relationships, process requisitions, and communicate order status. Ensure ordering analysis supports appropriate inventory levels, track orders, ensure timely delivery, coordinate & communicate with warehouse team, assess quality issues & escalate discrepancies to suppliers. This position will be highly supportive to all internal customers, and demonstrate communicative customer service skills. The buyer will also be responsible for task coordination & teamwork to ensure all requirements are completed in a polite, and professional manner.

Summary of Activities

Responsibilities Activities
Coordinate vendor rationalization and consolidation efforts Communication of orders to vendors & support to lean efficiencies initiatives.
Interface with other cross functional groups to provide and coordinate new product support As needed, may be within SC team, DBCM SC or any other internal initiative group.
Maintain a system of ordering the following: Raw materials, supplies and equipment By utilizing MRP system, Material Requisitions, or any other form or inventory controls or requested items.
Communication of orders to vendors ensuring accuracy of orders including confirmation of vendor receipts of orders, quantity, pricing, availability, expediting, open order and back-order status
Maintain commodity manual by vendor per assigned commodity including vendor ratings Act as 1st line of defense for Risk Management. Objectively & subjectively monitor supplier performance per Braun/DBCM processes.
Support Supply Chain lean process strategies As defined by normative controls and/or work instruction
Participate in the following: Vendor lead time reduction efforts to maintain focus on total cost reduction efforts, continuous improvement and lean process activities.
Reviews opportunities for new supply sources and suitability of materials offered As per normative controls, processes, and Engineering approvals
Retains records pertaining to cost, delivery, performance, and inventory levels Via Supplier Analysis Forms and processes

Technical Skills/Competencies (Technical Knowledge, Education and Experience)

  • Bachelor’s Degree in supply chain management or related business field preferred
  • Three to five years of prior purchasing/supply chain experience
  • APICS/Supply Chain Management certification is recommended
  • Computer knowledge of spreadsheets, charts, graphs and word documents
  • Prior experience in Automotive industry is desired

Personality Traits / Core Skills

  • Strong oral and written communication/negotiations skills

Essential Functions/Physical Requirements

  • Complete all work as detailed in the summary of responsibilities of this position profile at acceptable productivity and quality levels
  • Demonstrate all technical skills/competencies and core skills as referenced in this job specification at acceptable productivity and quality levels
  • Demonstrate reasonable and reliable attendance
  • Maintain any required licensures and/or certifications
  • Operate all job-related equipment or machines at acceptable productivity and quality levels
  • Successfully pass a post offer drug test, as well as random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug and alcohol test thereafter
  • Ability to lift and move up to 100 pounds with assistance, regularly require to walk, talk and hear, reach with hands and arms, stand, crouch and kneel; frequently required to use hand to finger dexterity in order to handle objects, tools, and/or controls; occasionally required to stoop or crawl