Buyer in Carson, CA at Ducommun

Date Posted: 3/28/2024

Job Snapshot

Job Description


The buyer plans, organizes, and schedules purchase requisitioned items to include materials, equipment, and service in accordance with established procedures. The buyer is also responsible for performing all purchasing tasks including the purchase of important or critical items requiring extensive or specialized knowledge and experience.

Who are we?

Founded in 1849, Ducommun is the oldest company in California. Starting as a hardware supply store during the California Gold Rush and eventually assisted in the birth of the aerospace industry in Southern California by providing aircraft aluminum to early aerospace pioneers like Lindbergh, Douglas and Lockheed. 

Today Ducommun is a global provider of innovative manufacturing solutions for customers in the aerospace, defense and industrial markets. We specialize in electronic and structural systems, producing complex products and components for commercial aircraft platforms, mission-critical military and space programs, and sophisticated industrial applications. 

Our Facility in Carson, CA is our Engineered Products Group location, which houses our Human Machine Interface, Motion Control Device, Radiofrequency Departments. 


Job Summary

  • Reviews MRP for parts requirements to support new releases of requisitions for procurement and changes in existing purchase order quantity and delivery requirements.
  • Processes purchase requisitions and issue purchase orders as required ensuring competitive pricing through negotiation of price and lead-times.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with suppliers that align with Ducommun’s sourcing strategies.  Actively participate in Ducommun quoting opportunities and ensure alignment with customer pricing, Leadtime and quality requirements.
  • Arranges for and authorizes the return of rejected material to suppliers.
  • Confirms prices charged on invoices and handles adjustment claims.
  • Arranges for interview and contacts between suppliers or their representatives and Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Production Control, Tooling, and/or other Manufacturing Personnel.
  • Administers basic purchasing functions such as maintaining more than one source of supply, verifying purchase order request for proper authorization suggesting changes or adjustments in quantities to take advantage of price breaks and trends.
  • Promotes supplier adherence to schedules by personal contact, assisting in the procurement of materials, components parts, tooling, supplies, etc.
  • Assumes responsibility for proper closure of purchase orders.
  • Performs Miscellaneous duties as required by supervision.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Experienced procurement professional with technical knowledge, preferably in aerospace industry.
  • Strong collaboration and facilitation skills supporting projects that cross multiple functional areas. Strong performance management and leadership skills.
  • Enjoys problem solving and challenges.
  • Team player with ability to communicate professionally at all levels of the organization.
  • Customer focus – internal and external.
  • Decisive, assertive, highly motivated, and enthusiastic.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to make data-driven decisions.

Required Experience and Education

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience, in Business, Supply Chain, Engineering or other related degree.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in Procurement and Aerospace regulations.
  • Minimum 3 years of working experience with QS/ISO, ERP, or MRP environment and culture.
  • Previous experience in high-mix and low volume manufacturing business.
  • Knowledge of engineering, production, and process techniques such as lean and continuous improvement.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Excel, Power Point, and Systems Database/Query Capability

Equal Opportunity Employer Veterans/Disabled

23301 S. Wilmington Ave
Carson, California, 90745
United States

Equal Opportunity Employer Veterans/Disabled