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Cotta Transmission Company, LLC

20th March 2018

Strategic Buyer

Job Title:  Strategic Buyer

Department: Purchasing

Reports To: Purchasing Manager

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Prepared By: HR Manager

Last Revised Date: 2/19/18



The strategic buyer is a key member of the purchasing team and is responsible to, validate, communicate, and implement sourcing strategies for Cotta Transmission Company LLC.  The Strategic Buyer will be responsible for learning company purchasing policies and procedures, while maintaining inventory levels required for effective company operation, conducting regular price comparisons to ensure that the company is always getting the best TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) for each product purchased. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Maintain strong working relationships with suppliers

·         Prepares and executes negotiations seeking TCO contracts and beneficial commercial agreements with suppliers

·         Issues bid requirements, selects suppliers, and places PO’s in accordance with company policies

·         Develops ideas and strategies to improve operational efficiency, add value, aid business performance, and work towards a strategy of continuous improvement

·         Monitor market trends, negotiate contracts, improve costs (and deliver agreed savings targets)

·         Review opportunities to achieve target savings utilizing negotiations and procurement best practice tools and methods

·         Develop new supplier sources

·         Implement initiatives to improve quality of products and reduce lead-times

·         Perform BOM pricing exercises for the sales department

Skills Required:

·         Bachelor’s Degree in Business or a related field required and a minimum of 5 years professional purchasing experience

·         Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to solve problems involving several variables in standardized situations.  Excellent communication and negotiation skills

·         Ability to calculate discounts and percentages

·         Must be able to calculate accurate cost savings for goods and services

·         Must have the ability to work in or lead cross-functional teams

·         Lean Six Sigma, ISO 9001:2015 experience would be preferred

·         Knowledge of MRP Systems, Internet software; Order processing systems; Microsoft Office software (Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Word)

·         Impeccable attention to detail

·         Able to thrive in a fast-paced environment

·         Knowledge of working in global sourcing

·         Travel - approximately 20% domestic and international as required


Please Email your resume to Kelly Garcia at

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