FLIR Systems Buyer - Supply Chain in Goleta, California

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At FLIR, we have a simple but ambitious mission: to develop market-leading thermal and sensing technologies which enhance everyday life. From saving energy, to saving lives FLIR is making a real difference in our world.Our products are used in a wide array of situations to rescue people in danger, detect criminals, conserve energy, navigate safely, provide security around the globe, and protect our environment.

We are looking for individuals who thrive on making an impact and want the excitement of being on a team that wins.

Job Description


Under the general direction of the Procurement Manager, coordinates purchasing activities with manufacturing and engineering departments to acquire inventory in a cost effective and timely manner. Acquires and maintains technical understanding of products purchased. Performs cost analysis and volume planning for major commodities. Obtains materials, components, equipment and services. Develops new supply sources where vendors and suppliers are inadequate. Monitors the cost, schedule and scope of assigned subcontracts to assure highest quality at best value. May recommend cost saving proposals including make-versus-buy analysis, alternative sourcing and vendor evaluation criteria. Working environment is General Office.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Purchasing responsibilities include, but not limited to, items in these areas: Mechanical; Optics; Electronics; Computers; Software; Raw Materials; MRO supplies; Services; Lab supplies; Capital equipment; Initiate and manage major sub-contractors.

  • Negotiates with suppliers for cost savings

  • Completes accurate and timely data entry of purchase orders

  • Generates and qualifies new suppliers through surveys and on site visits

  • Maintains Active Supplier List (ASL)

  • Expedites and coordinates critical deliveries, emergency requisitions, and quotes

  • Acts an interface between Supplier and internal departments regarding orders

  • Tracks and communicates order status

  • Coordinates with Receiving to solve material discrepancies

  • Works closely with the Accounting to solve invoice discrepancies

  • Obtains RMA’s for return products and generate shippers

  • Prints MRP requisitions daily

  • Strong Attention to Detail is required when performing tasks such as; solving material or invoice discrepancies, and entering Purchase Orders.

  • Collaboration & Teamwork skills are required to effectively serve internal and external customers and interface with various support groups to establish priorities and achieve results.

  • Strong Communication skills are essential to communicate with internal and external Customers, Reps, Vendors and other Indigo departments. High degree of accuracy in written and verbal correspondence is required.

  • Nurturing new and existing Supplier Relationships is critical to develop confidence, trust and long-term relationships.

  • Desire to pursue educational opportunities to continuously learn new approaches, tools and methodologies to stay abreast in the Procurement field is important.

  • Decision Making and Problem Solving abilities when faced with problems, are essential to consistently identify and evaluate alternatives, risks and consequences prior to making decisions.

  • Must have flexibility to achieve desired performance results and adapt to changing requirements, special assignments and workload re-prioritization.

  • Strong Organization, Planning & Execution skills are required to develop, plan and maintain schedules and maximize productivity.

  • Negotiation Skills are required to effectively coordinate the negotiation of the price, delivery, and other terms and conditions.

  • Position will also manage subcontractors and track FLIR inventory maintained off site at suppliers.

  • Inventory reconciliations requiring accuracy and transactional responsibilities within ERP system will be required monthly at minimum.

Essential Functions:

  • Must be able to communicate orally in writing using the English language

  • Must be able to sit and work at a computer for extended periods of time

  • Must be able to travel for business up to 25% domestically/internationally

Experience & Skills required:

  • Bachelor's Degree with business emphasis

  • Minimum 8 years of procurement experience, preferably in a high-tech, electronics manufacturing environment

  • Strong Computer Skills - Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook & MRP Databases

  • Knowledge of Purchasing, Planning and Scheduling processes and procedures

  • Knowledge of JIT manufacturing

  • Knowledge of MRP Systems; must have experience using SAP

  • Knowledge of ISO 9001 policies and procedures

  • Demonstrated experience in procurement of mechanical commodities

  • Professional certification or designation in NAPM or APICS preferred

  • Ability to read and understand blueprints/technical drawings and specifications desired

  • Previous experience with international sourcing/procurement desired

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident Status Required

FLIR and all of our employees are committed to conducting business with the highest ethical standards. We require all employees to comply with all applicable laws, regulations, rules and regulatory orders. Our reputation for honesty, integrity and high ethics is as important to us as our reputation for making innovative sensing solutions.

FLIR is an equal opportunity employer.

FLIR Systems, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes technologies that enhance perception and awareness. We bring innovative sensing solutions into daily life through our thermal imaging systems, visible-light imaging systems, locator systems, measurement and diagnostic systems, and advanced threat detection systems.

FLIR Systems offers a fast-paced, dynamic environment that provides for a challenging career and the ability to achieve professional growth. It is the talent of our employees that sets us apart as the technology and market leader in the infrared community.