Date: Sep 8, 2023

Location: Cincinnati, OH, US, 45069

Company: Contech Engineered Solutions LLC

Cincinnati, Ohio



Job Summary

The Buyer is responsible for working with department Director and other sourcing personnel to monitor suppliers, develop reliable sources of supply and cover internal customer requirements where appropriate. Performs administrative activities in support of the purchasing function; and completes related work as required.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Selects vendors and requests written bids/telephone quotes on purchases within delegated authority.
  • Reviews and evaluates bids, records bid information including vendor price, payment terms, and delivery.
  • Respond to/process system triggers for material and requests from plants for material or information. Manage internal customer expectations for production and delivery of finished products and coordinate with Contech Logistics. May include review of BOMs/drawings.
  • Issue Purchase Orders for raw material within assigned commodities.
  • Manage/monitor on-hand inventory of stock at supplier, subcontractor and plant locations. May also assist with periodic physical inventories.
  • Work with Contech Quality Assurance Manager to monitor vendor quality performance to ensure internal customer satisfaction and initiate corrective action as necessary using appropriate internal systems. Process claims as required.
  • Assist with accounting/purchasing functions, including receiving products, virtually transferring inventory, reviewing invoices and providing Proof of Delivery documents from vendors.
  • Meets with vendors to receive product and service information; performs value analysis; analyzes quality, price, source of supply, delivery date, shipping charges and product cost.
  • Resolves vendor-user conflicts; obtains and issues emergency purchase authorizations.
  • Ensures use of proper record keeping methods and procedures.
  • Interprets departmental policies, AASHTO and ASTM specifications and other regulations that may govern the purchasing activities and the awarding of contracts.
  • Monitor data integrity, including the ERP system, incoming EDI data and Access databases and assist with resolution.
  • Coordinate addition of new items and new item/plant combinations to ERP system with Cost Accounting and ensure correct descriptions are loaded.
  • Other duties assigned.


Minimum Education

Preferred Education: 4 Year / Bachelor's Degree

Preferred Major/Focus: Logistics, Supply Chain or Related Major

Combination of post-secondary education and experience will be considered in lieu of degree.



Preferred: APICS CPIM or CSCP





  • Minimum of five years of responsible experience in quantity buying for a large organization.
  • Experience: performing detailed review of purchasing invoices, purchase orders, and requisitions to ensure conformance with policies and procedures; preparing and evaluating specifications for products and services; applying value analysis criteria to products and materials to include weighted value methods.
  • Knowledge of; theory and practices of purchasing, including ethics, standards, bid preparation and evaluation, competitive bidding procedures, quality control; data collection techniques for establishing sources of supply, product, and vendor information; office procedures; use of office automation to assist in the purchasing function; general computer applications used in business, such as spreadsheet, data base, word processing software.
  • Ability to: conduct studies, evaluate data, and make recommendations and decisions; prepare and present written or oral reports; act as Purchasing Agent as assigned; perform arithmetic calculations; use common units of measure; calculate interest, discounts, and shipping charges; provide staff training in the use of computer applications for purchasing; recognize responsibility and limits of assigned authority; maintain an effective liaison with vendors, management personnel, and co-workers.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office



  • Ability to travel up to 5% of the time
  • Proficient in J.D. Edwards



Local Candidates Only Please. No Relocation Assistance is Available.

Contech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and participates in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, transgender status, national origin, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with a disability. Click here to view information regarding your Equal Employment Opportunity rights and protections: EEO is the Law & EEO is the Law Supplement.  Contech is a drug-free workplace and conducts pre-employment testing as a condition of employment.  If you are unable to apply online due to a disability, contact the Contech Recruiting team at (513) 645-7000.

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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