Responsible for managing the upstream portion of the supply chain with respect to supplier qualification, evaluation, certification and approval. Solicit pricing quotations as needed; negotiate pricing. Review requirements as calculated by MRP and schedule component deliveries as needed.

In addition, will perform industrial MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) purchases which support the machinery and equipment used in an integrated supply chain.

Location: Tucson, AZ

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  • Responsible for purchasing assemblies, materials, components, equipment supplies and services for specific commodity groups and/or suppliers in a manner that maximizes quality and availability while controlling overall costs
  • Secures and analyzes quotations; negotiates prices and terms with suppliers; and recommends suppliers with respect to cost, quality, and delivery competitiveness for assigned responsibilities
  • Visits suppliers’ facilities to qualify them as new sources and assists in the resolution of production, design, quality, and/or delivery problems
  • Responsible for the management of inventory levels, schedules and availability of select items to meet production schedules
  • Take initiative to organize meetings as needed
  • Manage and/or support specific projects as assigned


Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field and/or 3-5 years purchasing or planning experience in a manufacturing environment.  Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and ERP systems experience required, with Syspro experience being a plus. Must be able to demonstrate solid negotiation skills. Must have experience evaluating supplier performance. Must possess solid analytical skills in forecasting and anticipating production needs and capabilities.  Must be able to work well in a team environment with limited supervision/direction. Must be highly organized, assertive and detail oriented. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of changing situations under stress.  Must develop and maintain constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.  Occasional travel required. Occasional work in a clean room, e.g. support physical inventories, is required. Job requires sitting at a computer work station, i.e. desk area, viewing computer screen and data entry for extended periods.

[NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.]