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Senior Buyer


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Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCO) is a leading designer and manufacturer of material handling products, systems and services which efficiently and ergonomically move, lift, position or secure material.  Columbus McKinnon’s key products include hoists, cranes, actuators, chain and forged attachments.  The Company’s products serve a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications that require the safety and quality provided by Columbus McKinnon’s superior product design and engineering know-how.  The Company’s stable of well known brand names include CM, Coffing, Duff-Norton, Pfaff, Shaw-Box and Yale.  These brands hold a commanding share in the U.S. market and a growing presence abroad.  Headquartered in Amherst, NY, Columbus McKinnon has a long and rich history of accomplishments dating back to 1875.

Duff-Norton Company, located in Charlotte NC,  is a global industry leading manufacturer of linear motion products Actuators, Electric Cylinders and Rotating Joints. This fast paced manufacturing environment with continuous product development is in search of a Senior Buyer with experience in a manufacturing environment buying steel, castings, and electro-mechanical components 



Professional Buyer communicating with vendors on providing quality materials at competitive prices, delivered per our schedule ensuring on-time delivery to our customers.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


Communicates with vendors to obtain product or service information such as price, lead time availability, and delivery schedule.


Selects products for purchase by testing, observing, or examining items.


Estimates value according to knowledge of market price.


Determines method of procurement such as direct purchase or bid.


Reviews bid proposals and negotiates contract within budgetary limitations and scope of authority. Optimizes efficient order point and order quantities.


Prepares purchase orders or bid requests.


Performs ABC analysis as required.


Develops alternate sources for price reductions and problematic situations.


Maintain procurement records such as items or services purchased, costs, delivery performance, product quality, and inventories.


Discusses defective or unacceptable goods or services with inspection or quality control personnel, users, vendors, and others to determine source of trouble and take corrective action.


Perform vendor evaluations as required.


Ability to use SAP/ERP/MRP system and Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel).


Experience in using and interpreting engineering component drawings.


Communicates with management and hourly workforce.


Expedites delivery of goods to users insuring on time delivery.




Job Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or minimum of five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience required in procurement of mechanical and electromechanical components including castings, bearings, gearing, machined parts, motors, gear reducers, etc.. Experience also required in global sourcing.



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.



Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.



Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.



NAPM membership and CPM desired. Experience with Lean Manufacturing, PFEP, 6 Sigma, Kanban, etc is also desired/.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  Ability to travel domestically and internationally for extended periods 15 – 20%.


WORK ENVIRONMENT  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Columbus McKinnon Corporation offers:

A Dynamic Company Culture

Comprehensive Benefit Package

Competitive Compensation Plans


To Apply
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EOE/AA  Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Manufacturing, Purchasing - Procurement
Education 2 Year Degree
Experience At least 5 year(s)
Manages Others No
Relocation No
Industry Manufacturing
Required Travel Up to 25%
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