Buyer -LVL (Louisville, OH) - Southwest Electric

Buyer - LVL

Louisville, OH


Assures SWE locations purchase and receive materials on time and at economical costs. Prepare national contracts for items where applicable.


  1. Use of MRP – Utilizes current SWE MRP module and other tools; suggests improvement for efficient flow of purchasing goods and materials. Communicates to individual sites Purchase Orders and date of delivery. Confirms delivery with vendor 3 days prior to expected date.
  2. Provide Economy – Identifies materials that are shared amongst divisions. Researches potential vendors for ability to service multiple locations at an economic measure. Consults Operations and Engineering where applicable for vendor selection.
  3. Create P/N  – Creates SWE Part Numbers upon request and places orders for requested items  ; suggests improvement for efficient flow.
  4. Metric/KPIs –  Helps establish and positively trend Central Purchasing / Supply Chain Metrics  
  5. Company Policy  – Assists in the development of Company Policy , as well as assure compliance to established Policies
  6. Morale – Maintain positive morale through communication, actions, and positive use of site assets. .
  7. Continuous Process Improvement – Working with other departments, vendors, and other SWE locations, monitors/ evaluates/ revises processes and procedures to assure a culture of Continuous Improvement.
  8. Maintain a Safe Work Environment –Employees are responsible for promoting and maintaining a safe work environment through the effective implementation of engineered safeguards and safety training.
  • Other Duties – Continually work in a safe manner in compliance with Company Environmental, Health, and Safety rules and guidelines.


Bachelor degree in business or accounting preferred; alternatively high school graduation plus 3 years related experience.

Experienced in Purchasing and Negotiating.

Experienced in utilizing manufacturing databases (i.e. MRP)

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  1. Oral Communication – Communicates effectively in English; Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
  2. Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively in English; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  1. Reading & Comprehension Skills – Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  2. Mathematical Skills – Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.
  3. Reasoning Ability – Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  4. Computer Skills – To perform this job successfully, an individual should have basic computer competence and the ability to work with common software such as MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  1. Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.
  2. Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.
  3. Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  4. Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization’s goals and values.
  5. Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  6. Motivation – Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence.
  7. Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions.
  8. Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  9. Quantity – Completes work in timely manner.
  10. Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions.
  11. Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  12. Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  13. Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments;
  14. Initiative – Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Asks for and offers help when needed.
  1. Leadership – Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.

Working Conditions

  1. Generally an office environment.
  2. This position requires frequent walking visits to manufacturing areas, both indoors and outdoors.
  3. Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds..
  4. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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