Senior Buyer

Reports To:Purchasing Manager


The position of Senior Buyer will be a professional, high-energy self-motivated individual who can function in a team atmosphere and utilize strong analytical and problem solving skills, with little or no supervision. The Senior Buyer must have exceptional skills using Microsoft Office Excel and proficient in Word and Power Point products (Office 2003 or higher versions). The role requires the ability to source materials / services on a global basis in alignment with strategic plan. Must have the ability to prioritize, multi-task, and make sound decisions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Analyze buyer worksheets, MRP workbench, order rules, and product on hand to establish the correct buy for specific item codes as assigned by the Purchasing Manager.
Establish and maintain vendor relationships as they pertain to assigned product purchases.
Negotiate contracts for the procurement of required materials and services from approved suppliers. Establish strategies to improve supply chain, solve shortage issues and strengthen supplier relationships.
Obtain materials, components and equipment, as required by the production schedule.
Plan, schedule, and monitor the movement of materials through the development, prototype and production cycle.
Expedite orders as necessary. Identify actual and potential delivery problems and take proactive steps to inform appropriate personnel and provide low cost solutions.
Establish and maintain relations with suppliers and appropriate representatives and direct and procure supplier technical and operating expertise as required to internal customer
Maintain an awareness of materials and procurement concepts.
Excellent understanding of MRP and apply MRP reports in ordering parts used in production to ensure appropriate delivery dates.
Verify data accuracy (parts numbers, BOMs, Part Costs) in MRP; report problems to appropriate parties; ensure appropriate delivery dates.
Coordinate all activities involved with the procurement of goods and services including price, availability, quality, and delivery.
Requires knowledge of price and cost analysis.
Review bid proposals and negotiate pricing.
Execute weekly buys within budgetary limits and scope of responsibility.
Assist in the development and implementation of purchasing policies and systems.
Ensure that purchasing functions are efficient and cost effective.
Well organized, self-motivated, and resourceful managing complex situations
Comfortable in a fast paced environment, and be able to effectively interface with cross functional teams, including all levels of senior management
Establish and maintain updated list of primary and secondary vendors.
Requires excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Able to understand general business concepts and apply them when communicating with diverse groups of people when completing work assignments.
Establish and maintain effective communication and coordination with internal customers and management.
Other duties as assigned.


BS / BA in Business Management or related field (Supplemental education in Supply Chain Fundamentals or Operations is a plus.)

Certifications a plus but not required

Institute for Supply Management CPM or CPSM or APICS. Must have the ability to attain and maintain these certifications in the future.


Five years related experience in purchasing, inventory management, planning or logistics. Knowledge of Great Plains, MRP, ERP and Master Control a plus but not required. Demonstrated track record of continuous improvement, cost reduction and improved service levels with in the supply chain.

Supervisory Responsibilities



To perform the job successfully, this individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Attitude – Demonstrate a positive “can do” attitude; show motivation; must be goal oriented and a self-starter; be “solution-minded” rather than “problem-minded”
Work Ethics – Must be dedicated, responsible, hard-working, and a team player
Oral Communication – Speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate group presentation skills; participate in meetings
Written Communication – Write clearly and informatively; edit work for spelling and grammar; vary writing style to meet needs; able to read and interpret written information
Organizational Support – Follow policies and procedures; support organization's goals and values; benefit organization through outside activities
Strategic Thinking – Develop strategies to achieve organizational goals; analyze market and competition; identify external threats and opportunities; must be able to contribute to group initiatives
Quality Management – Look for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness
Diversity – Demonstrate knowledge of EEO policy; show respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educate others on the value of diversity; promote a harassment-free environment; build a diverse workforce
Teamwork – Balance team and individual responsibilities; exhibit objectivity and openness to others' views; give and welcome feedback; contribute to building a positive team spirit; put success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; support everyone's efforts to succeed
Judgment – Display willingness to make decisions; exhibit sound and accurate judgment; support and explain reasoning for decisions; include appropriate people in decision-making process; make timely decisions
Professionalism – Approach others in a tactful manner; react well under pressure; treat others with respect and consideration, regardless of their status or position; accept responsibility for own actions; follow through on commitments
Safety and Security – Observe safety and security procedures; determine appropriate action beyond guidelines; report potentially unsafe conditions; use equipment and materials properly
Adaptability – Adapt to changes in the work environment; manage competing demands; change approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events
Attendance and Punctuality – Be consistently at work and on time; ensure work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrive at meetings and appointments on time
Dependability – Follow instructions, respond to management direction; take responsibility for own actions; keep commitments; commit to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; complete tasks on time or notify appropriate person with an alternate plan
Innovation – Display original thinking and creativity; meet challenges with resourcefulness; develop innovative approaches and ideas

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations
Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedures manuals
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public

Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form

Computer Skills

Knowledge of Internet, and proficient in spreadsheet, and word processing software

Mathematical Skills

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume
Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.
The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. The individual must be able to tolerate the scent of essential oils worn or diffused.
Young Living Essential Oils is an equal opportunity employer. Young Living participates in E-Verify, a service of DHS and SSA to confirm work authorization.
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