Associate Buyer

Location: Sunnyvale


  • Manages procurement of direct materials to support business requirements: includes negotiating cost, purchase order management and inventory management
  • Manages Supplier Managed Inventory (SMI) program: includes review of consolidation opportunities
  • Manages expense purchasing requirements as directed by management
  • Assists with key procurement initiatives as directed by management
  • Administers and manages purchase orders and delivery commitments to designated suppliers as necessary to support production and/or sales requirements within the business
  • Reviews, interprets and communicates material demand forecast and manages capacity planning for assigned commodity groups and/or supplier relationships
  • Supports team efforts to manage supplier performance
  • Utilizes lean sourcing principles (Kanban, consignment and other similar material pull methods) to achieve 100% material availability and optimize on-hand inventory
  • Achieves key purchasing metrics (supplier OTD, quality, risk management, inventory velocity and cost reduction)
  • Supports engineering change order activity with suppliers and other functional groups
  • Requests quotes with suppliers as directed by management to support supply chain optimizations
  • Supports assigned commodity team by participating in identified consolidation and cost reduction opportunities and supporting other commodity projects as assigned


  • BS Degree or equivalent ¬†and 1+ year of purchasing or general office working experience
  • Strong computer skills: MS Office products required: SAP and Agile preferred
  • Demonstrates concern for precision and thoroughness
  • Proven ability to learn new processes and systems quickly as well as achieve stretch goals and objectives
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects successfully
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills