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Shields Manufacturing Production Buyer I in Tualatin, Oregon

Open Opportunity:

Shields Manufacturing continues to diversify and expand substantially, creating an immediate need for a Production Buyer I. Working under general supervision, this Buyer procures materials, components, goods and services to support manufacturing operations. They also request quotes and find sources of supply that meet cost, quality, and delivery objectives. This person will actively manage and evaluate supply chain with respect to supplier performance, looking for opportunities for improvement in cost, delivery, and quality. Lastly, they will manage inventory balances to be in alignment with company set goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for procurement of materials and services in support of production and MRO.

  • Issue purchase orders and change orders for assigned commodities, ensure that proper internal documentation (requisitions/approvals) and external documentation (specifications, drawings) are provided to suppliers as needed.

  • Utilize reports to ensure adequate inventory of purchased material is maintained to meet production requirements.

  • Communicate timely and current information regarding material availability.

  • Maintain open communications with support departments in resolving day to day problems.

  • Source, develop, and maintain suppliers to support departmental and company Quality, Delivery, and Cost and Inventory objectives.

  • Maintain strong working relationship with suppliers, and utilize systems to monitor and report on supplier performance, coordinate and ensure corrective actions are taken as necessary. Buyer to act as the focal point for contact with suppliers for assigned commodities.

  • Perform Request for Quotes, select existing and/or source new suppliers, negotiate price and lead-time with suppliers and maintain this information in appropriate system data bases. Negotiate Purchase Agreements.

  • Analyze supply chain for ongoing improvement in cost, quality, delivery, and recommend, implement, and report on improvement activity.

  • Provide sourcing and purchasing support to new product introduction projects/teams as assigned and as they relate to commodities assigned.

  • Work with Quality Department to return discrepant materials to supplier for disposition, and work with Receiving, Quality, and Accounts Payable in resolving any receiving issues for purchased materials.

  • Promote positive internal customer relationships through regular communication with those customers and Materials Department personnel.

  • Support Materials Management Department objectives and contribute to achieving the objectives.

  • Performing other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum 2 years manufacturing experience with exposure to inventory, stockroom, customer service, purchasing, and/or planning.

  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to multitask and prioritize.

  • Must be a quick learner and able to react quickly in a fast-paced environment.

  • Must possess effective written and verbal communication skills.

  • Experience with office machines including phones, copier, fax machine, and printers.

  • Must be able to navigate in a Windows based computer environment.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Excel, and Word.

  • Experience with MRP systems (Global Shop experience a plus)

Essential Duties:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Shields Manufacturing is an industry leader and Value-Add production facility specializing in CNC machining and complex mechanical/optical/laser assembly including clean-room environments. We provide excellent operational support through our Supply Chain capabilities and care about our clients at the highest levels. Our business not only provides manufacturing expertise for OEM's with low volume/high mix needs, we also provide higher volume opportunities with our expanding cell system capability. Culture is key to us, and have therefore adopted core values based on Teamwork, with an emphasis on Commitment, Respect and Appreciation, Equality, Accountability, Integrity and Trust.

We offer a highly competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability Insurance, 401(k) with company match, a generous paid time off schedule and a discretionary quarterly bonus program.

We are an Equal Opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

We look forward to receiving your application!