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Purchasing Manager

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[12:49 PM] Barraza, Irvin

1. SUMMARY OF POSITION:  Briefly state the overall purpose of the position in one or two sentences, highlighting the general function(s).

As established by senior management, carries out plans and implements activities related to the procurement of materials, parts, components, and equipment. Manages the activities of buyers and expediters to accomplish company objectives.  Reviews and approves purchases up to a specifically authorized dollar amount.  Takes the lead to negotiate contracts as authorized.  Ensures staff coordinates purchasing activities with engineering and manufacturing departments to maintain inventories at planned levels. Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the function. May create policies and procedures for the operation of procurement activities.  Monitors the cost, schedule and performance aspects of subcontracts. 



Manages the plan for division wide procurement requirements and creates systems and policies as directed by senior management.

Within established business process controls, ensures that staff is trained to plan, scope, and execute procurement activities.            

Acts as lead negotiator for contracts and company liaison with outside vendors.

Through team, ensures that supply levels and inventory goals are met for every function.



Ensures the purchasing function is well staffed by selecting, developing, and evaluating team to ensure efficient operation and provide training for system upgrades as appropriate. 


4.  EXPERIENCE: number of years required and specific type of experience.

10 years related experience coupled with purchasing knowledge and skills in negotiations, vendor management, or both.

5.  EDUCATION: type of degree required, if any, plus specialized technical knowledge or course requirements.

Bachelor’s degree in related area.

6.  DIMENSIONS: number of employees supervised, budget responsibility, product line supervision, sales volume, etc.

# of employees managed, contracts negotiated and goals set may change from year to year per division requirements.


Typical office environment.


The job description is not a “contract” between the employee and the employer.  The employee’s job description duties may be changed at the discretion of the employer and the employer may request the employee to perform duties that are not listed on the job description.                                                                                                                               


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