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Technical Buyer

    • Job Tracking ID: 2022.04.12.327292
    • Job Location: Mason , OH
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: May 25, 2022
    • Years of Experience: 5 - 7 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Founded in 1925, Festo Corporation is the leading worldwide supplier of automation technology and the performance leader in industrial training and education programs.  For many years Festo has been providing impetus for factory automation and offers a wide product and service portfolio – from individual components to complex customized solutions and system. As a family-owned company, we act from a holistic perspective. We take responsibility for our actions globally and locally, we want to contribute to the quality of life and conservation of resources where we operate with new technologies, knowledge and education.


At Festo, we hire people who continuously live our five core Values:

  • We are Ambitious
  • We are Determined
  • We are Visionary
  • We Value Each Other
  • We are Dependable

As a Technical Buyer at Festo Corporation, you will work on special projects for customers and be responsible for implementing and executing procurement of 3rd party materials and external contract manufacturing needs, focusing on deliveries to Festo locations in North America.

  • Identifies potential sources for the procurement of non-Festo product domestically and overseas
  • Ability to generate measurable cost avoidances and savings on a continuous basis
  • Conduct ad-hoc analysis requests, forecasts, KPIs/metrics, and reports
  • Reviews purchases requisitions and purchase orders for completeness, accuracy and conformance with established policies and procedures
  • Confers and negotiates with suppliers to obtain product or service information such as price, availability, and delivery schedule
  • Prepares and generates purchases orders and change notices
  • Resolves any discrepancies with suppliers and forwards all necessary documentation for invoicing approval and payment
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, and various stakeholders
  • Has knowledge of various electronic and mechanical commodities necessary for the fabrication of electro-pneumatic machinery
  • Understands international market conditions as it relates to international versus domestic sources of supply
  • Manage and execute the implementation of process improvements
  • Undertake supplier visits, compiling visit reports on completion.
  • Ability to negotiate cost reductions, and vendor terms
  • Demonstrate ability to lead decision-making process for cross-functional teams and to exercise independent judgment 
  • Proven track record of working in teams across multiple disciplines
  • Demonstrate ability and skills to engage and influence stakeholders and suppliers
  • Goal driven, target oriented and self-motivated attitude. Demonstrates drive and determination to achieve success and sets clear direction and priorities


Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Logistics, Engineering or equivalent based from an accredited university (no online degrees). 
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Knowledge and experience with lean manufacturing and supply chain practices highly valued.
  • APICS certification a plus.

 Personal characteristics:

  • Optimistic attitude
  • Analytical
  • Communicate effectively
  • Problem solver
  • Self-motivated
  • Good listener
  • Must manage time efficiently and effectively
  • Progressive experience in buying, negotiations and vendors/suppliers management for direct materials
  • Ability to read mechanical drawings and prints
  • Exceptional analytical, Excel, and SAP r/3 skills are required. Knowledge of APO, Business Warehouse and Business Intelligence is a plus.

Excellent written/spoken English and must be technology-enabled (MS Word, Excel, Power Point). Additional:

  • Technical Knowledge
  • Knowledge of products
  • Customers knowledge
  • Business knowledge
  • Knowledge of Festo as a company

Festo Corporation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, and those laws, directives, and regulations of Federal, State and Local governing bodies or agencies. For your reference: EEO is the Law Poster