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Senior Buyer

Date: Aug 9, 2019

Location: US - NC - Cary, US

Company: MTS Systems

MTS Sensors, a division of MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ:MTSC), is looking for a dynamic, highly motivated Sr. Buyer.  As the market leader in sensing technologies, MTS Sensors is transforming what is possible with trains, on- and off-highway vehicles, aircraft, steel production, wind turbines and space-aged materials - this is work we dream about as kids. MTS Sensors offers a rewarding career path for talented individuals who are willing to work hard, think hard, and commit to solving complex and critical challenges for our customers around the world.  We work as a team and are always striving to improve the levels of service we provide. We've built a dynamic, thriving business and our impressive growth is a direct result of the initiative, creativity, and enthusiasm of our employees.

By joining MTS, you’ll have access to the latest tools and technologies, along with the support of colleagues who are passionate about their work. You’ll discover a dynamic culture of continuous improvement that extends to our people, one that offers numerous ways to expand your knowledge and advance your career. And because we are a global company, your work may also include world travel.

If you like being challenged and want to continue to learn and grow while bringing your best every single day – then being a Sr. Buyer at MTS Sensors is an ideal opportunity for you. Join a company that prides itself on Total Customer Satisfaction coupled with Innovation and a set of core values that you can stand behind!

Our business is thriving. Our future is exciting. Your potential is unlimited.







Primary Objective:To act as an authorized agent of the company by managing the full breadth of the sourcing process resulting in purchases that meet company requirements at the best value.

Major Areas of Accountability:



  • Creates purchase orders including schedule line agreements and blanket orders usually for complex purchase requests (e.g. ambiguous products or services, developmental products, progress payments, undefined pricing) which clearly define all requirements, pricing, terms and conditions and expectations, and then manages exception messages by expediting, delaying or canceling orders as required.
  • Supports internal customers by providing information on purchasing processes, products and suppliers, mitigates problems by applying a broad view of situational implications and total cost impacts and provides value in resolving supplier and purchased product related issues.
  • Administers bid processes including preparation of RFQ packages which ensure product and service requirements are appropriately documented and comprehensively assesses supplier proposals for price, requirement satisfaction, terms and conditions, schedule, risk, supplier performance and best value. (e.g., lifecycle, reliability, maintainability, cost reduction potential).
  • Negotiates complex contracts with suppliers and supports other buyer negotiations by developing negotiation strategies based upon the proposal analysis including price / cost factors, terms and conditions, and technical issues.
  • Documents, authorizes within parameters and maintains contractual agreements that address all elements (e.g., terms and conditions, statement of work, additional and/or value added service requirements, pricing)
  • Manages supplier performance by addressing day-to-day issues such as rejections / quality issues and supplier requested schedule changes ensuring MRP system is accurate and leading supplier performance review meetings.
  • Identify potential suppliers through superior knowledge of the supplier marketplace and existing supplier’s capabilities and ability to search broadly and internationally for new sources ensuring supplier qualifications to meet requirements often by performing comprehensive onsite supplier assessments that ensure sound operational processes (e.g. quality system, purchasing practices), capability (e.g. facilities, equipment, and knowledge) and adequate financial position.
  • Provides advanced knowledge and insight to support strategic sourcing including assessments of the current situation (e.g., internal direction, suppliers, pricing trends) and identifying future purchase strategies and actions to proactively reduce total costs and optimize performance.
  • Maintains information in the MRP system for Info Records, Routes, Material Masters etc. and MRP system settings to optimize inventory, varying from MRP recommendations based on established variance guidelines and resolves system reconciliation issues such as invoice and receiving discrepancies.
  • Applies technical knowledge of products assigned for purchase to add value into purchasing functions.
  • Understands and applies project management methodologies to plan contracting activities and support internal customer project activities.
  • Other accountabilities as assigned.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus 4 years of purchasing experience.
  • OR in lieu of a Bachelor’s degree, 8 years of continually advancing experience in a manufacturing, technical or business environment, plus 4 years of purchasing experience. Total experience is at least 12 years without a Bachelor’s degree.


Desired Skills and Attributes:

  • Develop good / mutual supplier relationships
  • Commodity and Index management
  • Collaborative and cross-functional approach to managing activities
  • Adaptive Behavior: be open to and introduce innovative solutions, increasing competitive advantage in market
  • In-depth experience folowing and strengthening processes


** No 3rd party agency resumes will be accepted for this position **



MTS Systems Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital status or veteran status.

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