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QuEST Global Associate Buyer in Cincinnati, Ohio



Associate Buyer

Job Description:

Essential Job Functions

  • Place and follow-up on POs, update ERP, and manage the buying process for a given set of parts.

  • Manage relationships with suppliers for PO execution, problems solving & schedule changes.

  • Measure and analyze supplier performance, drive resolution on performance issues, drive Lean process improvements to mitigate and reduce fulfillment risks.

  • Experience in procurement of aero-engine components and GM&F commodities.

  • Use multiple tools to negotiate best cost and technical package for procurement considering commodities, cost drivers, and leveraging available options, suppliers, inputs & volumes.

  • Responsible for assigned commodity areas, communicate across direct organization.

  • Collaborate with raw material sources to improve cost targets and on time delivery.

  • Work with Fulfillment, Quality Engineer, Design Engineering and other sourcing functions to improve on time delivery and reduce span on overdue materials.

  • Support negotiations and allocate demands to specific suppliers.

  • Negotiate & execute contractual terms and conditions and transmit information to procurement tools.

  • Provide inputs on value-adding opportunities from all areas of supply chain including Planning, Supplier Quality, Source Fulfillment and Sourcing Processes.

  • With a continuous improvement and Lean mind-set, assists in the development of the Procurement function towards best practice.

  • Manage consistent operational excellence on the assigned Parts (i.e. metrics, partner interaction, OTD, Cost and responsiveness).

  • Provide inputs supporting evaluation and improvement of processes, tools, and methodologies & ensure best practices are used throughout the company.

Secondary Job Functions:

At QuEST, we often challenge our team members to temporarily work outside the scope of their primary job functions to broaden their skills and help the organization. Some of these roles and opportunities include:

  • Knowledge of shop processes, engine assembly/ disassembly and shop build

  • Adherence to special security requirements and those pertaining to the special access environment

  • Understanding of various delivery excellence and quality control systems

  • Project Management: Execution and Support

  • Technical Leadership and Technical Reviews

  • Develop work instructions to ensure repeatability

  • Personnel Management

  • Onboarding and Professional Development: collaborate and mentor QuEST Team Members

  • Cross-functional teams

  • Geographic re-assignments

  • Account Management and Sales

  • Enabler roles, such as Human Resources, Technology Development, and IT

  • Quality Management and Continuous Improvement


  • BS or associate‚Äôs degree from an accredited university or college (or a high school diploma / GED with a minimum of 4 years of sourcing, materials, manufacturing, supply chain or procurement experience)

  • Minimum 2-5 years of experience in sourcing & procurement of Gas turbines/Aero Engines components

  • Experience in Teamcenter, ERP, Oracle tools

  • Good hands on experience in using MS Office ( Word, Excel, Power Point and similar tools)

  • Ability to interact with employees/managers at all levels with strong oral and written communication skills

Physical Requirements & Work Environment:

  • Mostly Office Environments, Occasional Shop Floor involvement.

  • Substantial amounts of telephone and computer work.

  • Heavily Regulated Industries with strict adherence to procedures.

  • Flexibility to meet business deadlines by staying late or arriving early.

  • Typical 8 hour days plus lunch / 40 hour weeks / core (required) hours are 9 AM to 4 PM

  • Ability to use personal transportation to visit customer and supplier locations.

  • Due to the nature of the work, all candidates must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.

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.

Location: Cincinnati, OH

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Job Type:

Full Time-Regular

Assignment Country:

United States

Total Years of Exp:

1 - 3

Education Type:

Bachelor: Technical

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Experience Level:

Entry Level