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Senior Buyer

The Role:

Xylem seeks a Senior Buyer to analyze and process authorized requisitions by establishing sources of supply and issuing financially binding purchase orders and Site supply agreements to obtain needed materials and services required by Xylem. The Senior Buyer will be responsible for purchases in excess of $25M annually. The Senior Buyer will also negotiate requirements of complex direct material categories, supplies or services at the most favorable prices consistent with quality, quantity, suitability, delivery requirements and reliability of selected sources of supply. The Senior Buyer will collaborate with various functional areas of the organization and will strive to efficiently and effectively manage the supply/value chains in and outside the organization.

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Implement sourcing strategies and foster supplier relationships to leverage Xylem purchases and customers requirements.
  • Creates plans to achieve cost saving targets in support of Xylem Global Procurement and Site Procurement productivity projects.
  • Negotiate purchase contracts with selected suppliers and follows up on delivery and quality compliance.
  • Responsible for maintaining proper inventory levels and part ordering policies in MRP software systems.
  • Analyze and interpret MRP reports and take appropriate course of actions for both short and long-term requirements.
  • Recommends and initiates new supply programs favorable to Xylem in areas of Production, Inventory Control, and Quality improvement.
  • Correspond with suppliers worldwide pertaining to quotations(RFQ/RFP) and other matters relative to purchasing and follow up.
  • Manage and develop suppliers to levels of delivery and quality performance required by Xylem.
  • Familiar with competitive worldwide market situations and material alternatives. Research to benchmark suppliers and processes.
  • Assist Xylem Global Procurement team with data collection, outsourcing, insourcing and communication.
  • Recommend, implement and monitor supply risk mitigation strategies for assigned categories.

Minimum Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, Abilities, License/Certification:

  • Bachelor s Degree in Business, Supply Chain, Accounting or related field; Master s in Business, Supply Chain or Operations a plus
  • CPSM Certification is a plus
  • 5-7 years of relevant experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively interact with all levels of external and internal customers
  • Strong analytical skills; high proficiency in MS Excel
  • Effective verbal/written communication and presentation skills


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