Buyer in Farmington, MN at Ducommun

Date Posted: 11/5/2023

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Job Description

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 St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin is the global leader in Defense for the manufacture of Ammunition Handling Systems for Land, Air and Sea Platforms.  Our commitment to quality and dedication to supporting our troops and allies, guides our innovation and commitment to meeting the unique challenges of the 21st century Warfighter.  At this time, Nobles is expanding our team and seeking high quality, dedicated individuals willing to be cross-trained in our clean and climate controlled facility.

Ducommun’s St Croix Falls Performance Center is seeking a Buyer to play a mission critical role! Our buyers procure products within assigned planner codes in a timely and cost effective manner.

The essential job functions are as follows:
•         Negotiate best value with suppliers
•         Perform materials quotation for prices and delivery
•         Procure products within assigned commodity areas in a timely and cost effective manner
•         Identify and reduce long lead times in the system by utilizing material strategies with suppliers
•         Review daily MRP exception message, purchase order status, and order action reports and take appropriate action
•         Must know when/where to buy goods and services
•         Resolve material price variances
•         Identify alternate solutions for obsolete components and work with engineering for approval
•         Ensure timely delivery of products to support manufacturing
•         Develop new/better/alternate sources of supply to reduce the supplier base
•         Maintain purchasing data in computer system so that it is always current
•         Update and lead supplier scorecard reviews
•         Follow-up with suppliers on open actions and provide guidance on short and long term resolutions.
•         Create a path to meet KPIs (PPV, VOI, LTA)
•         Maintain appropriate lead times, minimums and multiples; vendor information for all assigned parts in the system
•         Adhere to the General Requirements of Team Members
•         Responsible for the proper handling and management of hazardous waste generated in their work area.
•         Perform other assignments as required

 You will be supporting the common Ducommun goals of making our customers happy or happier while increasing profitability and growth.

Skills & Qualifications

•         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
•         Minimum three years relevant purchasing experience required in a manufacturing environment 
•         Basic knowledge and understanding of Supply Chain function
•         Understanding of engineering drawings and flow charts required
•         MRP exposure required 
•         Strong communications and interpersonal skills needed
•         Experience working with suppliers including quoting, order processing and tracking delivery and quality performance
•         Intermediate level of computer skills in e-mail, internet, Word, and Excel

Preferred Experience (not required for consideration):
•         6 Sigma training and/or participation on a Green belt project
•         CPIM or equivalent
•         Advanced Excel/MRP experience
•         Negotiation experience

Physical Demands (reasonable accommodations may be made, if necessary):
Physical Abilities                                                                  Lift /Carry            
Stand - Frequently                                                              10 lbs or less - Occasionally
Walk - Frequently                                                                11-20 lbs - Occasionally     
Sit - Frequently                                                                    21-50 lbs - N/A    
Climb – N/A                                                                         51-100 lbs - N/A
Crawl - N/A                                                                          Over 100 lbs - N/A
Squat or Kneel - N/A                                                          
Bend - N/A                                                                          Push / Pull
Fine Manipulation - N/A                                                     10 lbs or less - Occasionally
Reach Outward - N/A                                                         10-20 lbs - Occasionally
Reach Above Shoulder - N/A                                              20-50 lbs - N/A
Drive - Occasionally                                                            50-100 lbs - N/A
                                                                                            Over 100 lbs - N/A
N/A (Not Applicable) - Activity is not applicable to this occupation.
Occasionally - Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (.25 - 2.5 hrs/day).
Frequently - Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5 - 5.5 hrs/day).
Constantly - Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day).


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