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Ensign-Bickford Aerospace and Defense Buyer in Portland, Maine

Join Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. (EBI) and you’ll be part of a team that leads science, innovation, and technology on different industry fronts. Working here will provide you with an exciting and motivating career full of development and growth opportunities throughout our businesses. We are a global company that prides itself on having passionate, diverse and dedicated employees who work together to achieve uncommon results.

This opportunity is located within our EnviroLogix business that develops and manufactures testing solutions for detecting GMOs, mycotoxins, plant pathogens, natural toxins and chemical contaminants in multiple agricultural matrices.Click here ( to learn more.

Job Description

The buyer role performs transactions and coordinates internal and external activities related to the procurement and distribution of materials, direct and indirect, to assure production teams have the material they need to maintain a continuous flow in support of our customer demands.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Prepare and process requisitions and purchase orders for supplies, equipment, and services accordingly.

  • Manage supplier established stocking programs for direct material to assure on time delivery and continuous flow of production.

  • Collaborates with other departments for purchase requirements in support of product transfers from R&D into production

  • Ability to research and plan material requirements to support large orders outside of normal production flow.

  • Works with vendors to negotiate best price while maintaining a strong working relationship.

  • Monitors market and identifies changes in currently used product and works with internal customers for alternative

  • Work with receiving and vendors to process non-compliant material

  • Develop, implement, and manage supplier score cards

  • Assist in oversight of inventory movement and accuracy, troubleshoot variances as needed, provide input regarding safety stock levels, standard lead times, and other item master data to manager.

  • Interact with Accounts Payable to ensure all backup documents have been provided and suppliers are paid according to terms.

  • Maintain purchasing module for accuracy

  • Maintain purchasing records in support of established retention requirements

  • Identifies opportunities for savings

  • Manage and audit kanban systems for MRO supplies

  • Bid major MRO segments annually

  • Available to support all business areas as needed.

  • Additional support functions as required.

Reports To: Purchasing Manager

Skills Required:

  • Excellent attention to detail and able to set a high standard for quality

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, emphasis on Outlook, Word, and Excel

  • Ability to multi-task, respond quickly to change, and maintain calm under pressure

  • Ability to communicate effectively, work smoothly with a team, cooperate with and support co-workers

  • Negotiation and networking skills

  • People, organizational and time management skills.


  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • 3-4 years previous purchasing experience

  • Previous experience within a manufacturing environment is a plus

Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. is a diversified company with businesses in a myriad of industries including Aerospace & Defense, Space Robotics, Life Sciences, and Pet Food Flavorings, with our headquarters located in Denver, CO. We have been called "The industry leader"​, "The people to follow"​, "The safety, quality and reliability experts"​. Our technologies allow us to be first to market with next-generation products for all of our focus markets. Our businesses include:

AFB International (

Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company

EnviroLogix Inc. (

Honeybee Robotics, Ltd.

Each of our companies, as varied as they are, have a great deal in common. Each is a leader in its field. Each ​shares a dedication to innovation, continuous improvement, a commitment to research and technological expertise and an unmatched level of services and support. The simple truth is: When you are a part of our team, you stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, or veteran status.