Operational Buyer

Operational Buyer

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Operational Buyer II 

As a subsidiary of Toyota Industries (TICO), Vanderlande North America is enjoying rapid growth and extraordinary market demand. Vanderlande is a global market leader in material handling system manufacture, design, installation, and service.  Vanderlande systems employ the latest in robotic, mechanical, and software technology. Vanderlande’s customers are household names in e-commerce, package delivery, and air transportation.

We are seeking a detailed-oriented, thorough, and organized Operational Buyer to join our Procurement Project Execution Team.  The Procurement Operational Buyer is responsible for the procurement of 3rd party goods and services. The Operational Buyer is responsible for executing the tactical aspects of procurement activities to ensure the timely processing of purchase orders.  The Operational Buyer will work closely with the Project Buyers and Project Team to ensure the project needs are met.  This positions will report to the Project Procurement Group Leader. 

Responsibilities and Tasks: 

  • Generate and maintain Project RFQs under guidance and accountability of Project Buyer. 
  • Manage the Purchase Order Creation for 3rd Party Equipment and Services. 
  • Receive and process Engineering Specifications. 
  • Coordinating and monitoring the internal order approval process. 
  • Monitoring and entering order acknowledgements. 
  • Filing of executed purchase orders and acknowledgements. 
  • Report status of Orders via the Project Supply Plan. 
  • Expedite and follow up with Open Orders based on Equipment Delivery Program (EDP) dates. 
  • Maintain open order reports and expedited deliveries 
  • Facilitate resolutions to questions from suppliers or quality issues. 
  • Facilitate resolutions in regards to receiving and invoice issues. 
  • Measuring and reporting of supplier performance. 
  • Entering and maintaining supplier data in ERP system. 


  • BA/BS Degree in Business, Engineering, Materials Management or equivalent preferred 
  • 3+ years of progressive experienced in Procurement 
  • Experience with entering and expediting purchase orders. 
  • Experience with ERP systems (JD Edwards E1 preferred). 
  • Technical / Mechanical training or experience.  
  • Exceptional MS Office experience (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 
  • Experience working in teams. 
  • Good verbal and written communication skills. 

Knowledge-Skills-Abilities (Competencies): 

  • Ability to work in an entrepreneurial organization where cooperating with others and being a team member is a natural 
  • Ability to work simultaneously in multiple software systems 
  • High level of organization and detail oriented. 
  • Must have the ability to communicate verbally and in writing 
  • Ability to adapt to different situations/Flexible 
  • Must have great customer service  
  • Must have negotiating and procurement skills. 
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a high energy office environment 
  • Confidence take charge mentality, hands-on. 

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: 
This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

This position requires up 5% travel.   

Supervisory Responsibility: 
This position has no supervisory responsibilities. 

Work Environment and Physical Demands: 
The work environment/physical requirements described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. This job is for the most part sedentary. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. 

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. 

Other Duties: 
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at 
any time with or without notice.  

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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