Buyer in Appleton, WI at Ducommun

Date Posted: 5/11/2024

Job Snapshot

Job Description


The Buyer is responsible for procuring products within assigned planner codes in a timely and cost-effective manner.  This role will lead initiatives and projects to resolve quality and delivery concerns to take proactive steps to eliminate or reduce risk to the company.

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 Appleton, WI manufactures state-of-the-art circuit boards for Aerospace and Defense as well as Industrial and Medical Industries.

Job Summary

  • 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
  • Resolve problems that occur periodically with suppliers
  • Maintain appropriate lead times, minimums and multiples; vendor information for all assigned parts in the system
  • Performs other assignments as required

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Understanding of engineering drawings and flow charts
  • MRP exposure required
  • Intermediate level of computer skills in e-mail, internet, Word, and Excel
  • Strong communications and interpersonal skills needed
  • Experience dealing with suppliers including quoting, order processing and tracking delivery and quality performance

Required Experience and Education

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred
  • 1-5 years relevant purchasing experience required in a manufacturing environment preferred 

Equal Opportunity Employer Veterans/Disabled

2222 East Pensar Drive
Appleton, Wisconsin, 54911
United States


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Equal Opportunity Employer Veterans/Disabled