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Buyer 1- Junior

Job Details

World Headquarters - Aiken, SC
High School


Description of Duties:


  • Develop, lead and execute purchasing strategies with a focus on cost reduction through multiple source quoting, annual re-quoting, transport cost optimization and staying abreast of market pricing trends.
  • Evaluate and participate in the selection of suppliers by considering price, quality, reliability, delivery performance, availability and other criteria beneficial to the company.
  • Manage storeroom inventories to ensure storeroom items are available when needed while minimizing inventory levels and minimizing freight costs.
  • Interact with suppliers to schedule delivery times and resolve shipping errors.
  • Lead the efforts working with the company leadership to reduce the waste of factory supplies through the issuance of only the quantities needed to only the job codes that need them using vending machines, etc.
  • Lead programs of exploration for new materials, suppliers, and processes to achieve the best possible quality, reliability, prices, continuity, and delivery.
  • Authorize payments and maintain receipts, records and inventories.
  • Maintain records of all transactions, purchase orders, receipts and payments.
  • Purchase supplies and materials according to specifications, craft negotiation strategies and negotiate supplier contracts with optimal pricing and terms.
  • Manage supplier contact lists.
  • Partner with stakeholders to ensure clear requirements documentation.
  • Explore and recommend alternatives to reduce costs and/or to improve lead times.
  • Assess, manage and mitigate risks throughout the supply chain process.
  • Monitor and forecast upcoming levels of demand.
  • Forecast price and market trends and evaluate the precent of AGY spend with each supplier versus the supplier’s annual revenue to identify changes of balance in buyer-supplier power.
  • Perform cost and scenario analysis and benchmarking.
  • Issue purchase orders based on assigned authorization or signing limits.
  • Expedite and redirect purchase orders as needed ensure raw materials and suppliers are available on time.
  • Track back orders and/or late deliveries and contact suppliers as needed to generate corrective actions.
  • Evaluate and qualify potential new suppliers as needed.
  • Monitor inventory levels and determine purchase needs to ensure material availability while minimizing freight and inventory holding costs.
  • Forecast inventory needs based on historical, current and future demands.
  • Schedule, track, and verify deliveries.
  • Seek and partner with reliable vendors and suppliers.  Build and maintain positive, long-term supplier relationships.
  • Ensure that the company standard practices and procedures are followed in connection with all materials department functions



  • 1-2 years of experience as a buyer or similar position desired but not required
  • Supply Chain Management Degree Preferred
  • BS in Procurement, Supply Chain, or related field
  • Experience with Oracle desired but not required
  • Superb analytical, problem solving and organizational skills
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Excellent in verbal and written communications
  • Effective negotiation, persuasion, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple projects
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Key measurables will be annual cost reduction as a percent of total spend by category (raw material, MRO, capital, miscellaneous), reliability of on time supply and reduction in freight costs.


Additional Information

AGY offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, and a matching 401k program. We are also proud to offer a physician staffed onsite Wellness Center open to all of our employees and a 24-hour onsite Fitness Center.

AGY is committed to providing Equal Opportunity in Employment, to all applicants and employees regardless of, race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, military status, veteran status, handicap, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.

AGY Employees are expected to serve as role models for safe work practices and behaviors. This includes following established health and safety policies and procedures, maintaining a clean, organized work area, wearing, and properly storing all personal protective equipment (PPE), and actively engaging as a safety conscious worker with personal safety and wellness as a priority.