Strategic Buyer - #1701810

Husqvarna Group

Date: 2 days ago
City: Olathe, KS
Contract type: Full time
This person is responsible for the sourcing of manufacturing components, and indirect materials to support factory assembly, and the operation of all support staff. In addition to sourcing, this person will also be responsible for managing the supplier base, and contributing to the improvement of the company’s profitability for cost out activities. This position is responsible for the forecast and budget of purchased products. This position is critical for ensuring that the proper flow of material from the supply chain to the factory, and/or the end user of the product is done at the proper price/service/inventory level as determined by upper management.


Material Sourcing

  • Solicit and analyze quotations from suppliers and negotiate pricing, payment terms and stocking levels that support demand requirements
  • Prepare requests for quotations to suppliers, including all requirements and specifications
  • Ensure supply agreements are in place where applicable
  • Lead Purchasing support of new product initiatives (prototypes, EP, MP)
  • Maintain dual-sources to mitigate risk and maintain supplier competitiveness
  • Coordinate Shipments with other factories

Manage Supplier Performance

  • Evaluate and maintain supplier reliability
  • Develop new supply sources, visit suppliers’ facilities as needed
  • Ensure suppliers meet PPAP requirements
  • Support Buyer activities where necessary in order to spur action by supplier

Value-Added Activities

  • Work with Engineering to identify cost-savings opportunities
  • Participate in HOS events/activities
  • Collaborate with suppliers to improve their operations and our pricing in tandem
  • Be active participants in new product design
  • Logistics Coordination and follow-up


  • Act as liaison with Accounts Payable to verify accuracy of charges and approve invoices for payment
  • Providing guidance, training and support to other buyers
  • Report monthly on assigned commodities
  • Support budget/business review preparation


Position-specific Competencies

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Maintain high level of attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and handle multiple projects without losing focus
  • Able to solve new or unfamiliar problems and trouble-shoot problems independently

Critical Functional Skills & Knowledge

  • Strong knowledge of AS400
  • Strong knowledge of MRP processes and basic inventory principles
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office with emphasis on Excel
  • Strong ability to negotiate with suppliers

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred or equivalent experience as a buyer
  • Proven experience in strategic sourcing, procurement and contract negotiation


  • Normal Office Environment
  • Heavy PC use
  • Daily, weekly, monthly and annual deadlines

We offer:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Benefits, including medical, dental, and vision insurance at date of hire
  • A 401(k) with matching and no vesting
  • An employee purchase discount on Husqvarna products
  • An education assistance program
  • Paid parental leave
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off

Husqvarna is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing equal opportunity in all of our employment practices, including selection, hiring, assignment, re-assignment, promotion, transfer, compensation, discipline and termination. Husqvarna prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation in employment based on race; color; religion; national origin; gender; sexual orientation; pregnancy; age; disability; service member status; or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

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