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Otter Tail Corporation Buyer in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota


Company Overview:

BTD is a fast growing metalworking company. We provide custom metalwork services for some of the world’s top brands. Our 1100+ employees work from four facilities throughout the Midwest and Southeast. We invest in our people, our equipment, and our facilities to offer our clients the best value possible. We are also a wholly-owned subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ.

Summary: The Buyer supports the Strategic Sourcing Specialists of raw materials, purchasing materials and services necessary to meet production schedules and maintenance, repair and operational goods and services per ERP requirements, with a strong focus on ERP system Purchase Order changes and expedites. The Buyer would support the raw material Strategic Sourcing Specialists as they manage and strategize assigned categories of raw materials, fabricated parts and other goods and services to include Supplier Relations, Contract Negotiation, Buy Consolidation, Management of Cost Savings Initiatives, and Continuous Quality Improvement. It would be an expectation that the buyer learns contract negotiation, inventory reduction to JIT, supplier relationships and consolidation of buy to ensure best price. A further developed coordinator would also learn to analyze raw material market conditions as they relate to the Company, keeping abreast of company performance to proactively strategize pricing/sourcing of materials/scrap/product in accordance to key company goals and needs.

Safety is #1 at BTD: Our expectation is that every employee: 1) Strictly follows safety policies, rules and safe work methods. 2) Promptly corrects or reports safety hazards or unsafe conditions. Promptly reports injuries for prompt diagnosis and treatment. 3) Makes regular suggestions for safety process improvements to support continuous improvement in safety.

Essential Functions:

  • Assists with the researching and subsequent qualification of new Supplier sources for the purpose of obtaining improved pricing, delivery, quality, and service for BTD raw material/services.

  • Reviews daily inventory levels and constantly works to reduce on hand and shorten lead time with suppliers.

  • Learns about relevant market trends and conditions to ensure awareness of potential changes in the market place that may affect price, availability, or quality of product purchased.

  • Purchases assigned items from qualified sources to include the interpretation and negotiation of favorable terms and conditions. Consolidates buy where it makes sense and most cost effective for BTD, under supervision of strategic sourcing specialists.

  • Maintains purchase order, quotation, and quality records in accordance with departmental policies.

  • From direction of strategic sourcing specialists, obtains and prepares quotations, evaluates same and selects Suppliers providing the best position for the Company.

  • Prepares the risk analysis of consolidating buy with one supplier versus multiple, and vice-versa, and reports information to Strategic Sourcing Specialists to make best decision for Company.

  • Reviews and interprets requests for purchases to include requirements generated via ERP/MRP Manufacturing system.

  • Resolves all exceptions taken to issued/negotiated purchase orders.

  • Per purchasing team, coordinates supplier visits on and offsite; maintains open and honest business relationships with Suppliers and subcontractors. Uses suppliers as a resource for market information and knowledge, bringing this information back to BTD

  • Participates in the development and implementation of systems which measure, track, and analyze supplier and material effectiveness, including Supplier delivery performance, price and product quality.

  • Develops Supplier Performance Reports and conducts Supplier Performance Reviews semi-annually.

  • Learns to conduct on-site Supplier surveys and quality audits to ensure Supplier compliance with ISO Requirements and meets BTD Manufacturing, Inc. expectations.

  • Assists in issuing Supplier Corrective Action Reports/Nonconformance Debit Memos to Suppliers and follows up on corrective action and verification as required by departmental process.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Graduation from high school plus two years of related technical training or three years of related on-the-job training, a four year degree is desired but not required.

Experience and Skills Required: At least three years of recent related technical experience or hold a four year degree, which includes the following skills and abilities:

  • Working knowledge of MRP/ERP systems, supply chain management, contract administration, negotiation and inventory control.

  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills.

  • Working knowledge of general accounting principles, production control, quality control and traffic management.

  • General knowledge of product costing, internal accounting controls, and financial analysis of revenues and expenditures.

  • Knowledge of engineering and manufacturing as they relate to the purchasing function to include basic blueprint reading.

  • Ability to organize, direct and coordinate manufacturing purchasing programs.

  • Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with Suppliers, Internal customers, and co-workers and to present ideas effectively, orally and in writing.

  • Ability to be coached by Strategic Sourcing Specialists, developing the skills to eventually purchase at the Strategic Sourcing Specialists level.

  • Ability to operate general office equipment including related purchasing applications on a microcomputer.

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 the job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

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. While performing the duties of the job, the employee may be exposed to weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

(EO/AAMet/Disability Employer)

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)