Job Function:

CA, ON, Brampton

Position Summary: 

Reporting to the Supply Chain Manager, the Buyer is responsible for all aspects of the procurement process, including supplier evaluation, strategic sourcing, supplier performance monitoring, and analyzing data for cost savings.  The Buyer negotiates pricing, vendor selection and/or development, generates and manages purchases while ensuring production requirements are met.

Primary/Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Source and ensure on-time availability of materials required for custom, engineered to order complex products
  • Assist with supplier quality initiatives including supplier evaluation, scorecard preparation and delivery, create and maintain supplier corrective action plans aimed to reduce delivery and quality issues within the supply base
  • Facilitate resolution of supplier quality/fulfillment related issues
  • Achieve quality, cost, inventory, and delivery targets
  • Develop strong working relationships with cross-functional teams including manufacturing, sales, and engineering to understand and anticipate procurement needs to enhance supply chain business processes
  • Prepare supplier contracts, supply agreements, with preferred suppliers to ensure that market trends, supplier performance, and future business needs are aligned
  • Support global supply management and cost savings initiatives, including identification and execution of cost savings opportunities with current and potential domestic and international suppliers
  • Actively work with the Planning and Operations teams to develop strategies to eliminate parts shortages and provide forecasts to suppliers and G&W Electric head office to ensure material availability
  • Provide subject matter expertise on purchasing best practices
  • Plan for and execute the procurement of raw material and services from domestic and international suppliers using the in house ERP/MRP systems, expedite materials as required to ensure production needs are met
  • Prepare and evaluate request for quote proposals, negotiation of contract pricing, terms and conditions
  • Preparation/Reporting of metrics related to materials, cost savings, forecasting, and supplier quality
  • Inventory analysis
  • Evaluate and process indirect purchase order and capital requests
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 years of purchasing/procurement experience within a manufacturing environment
  • Bachelor’s degree or college diploma in business or a related discipline
  • Working knowledge of ERP/MRP systems required.
  • Advanced computer software skills, MS excel, access, project etc.
  • Ability to multi-task under pressure in a high paced environment.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written in English
  • Results-oriented, self-motivated individual with a sense of initiative
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player while solving problems and multitasking in a deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to independently identify and develop solutions to problems that may arise in the course of work
  • Ability to respond effectively to inquiries or comments from internal/external customers and suppliers
  • Must have purchasing background working to support the manufacturing of custom products
  • Must have experience sourcing niche suppliers
  • Excellent knowledge of sourcing and procurement best practices
  • Experience working within a technical engineering environment
  • Resourceful, diplomatic, customer service oriented
  • Strong analytical, decision-making, negotiation, and problem-solving skills
  • Well-developed organization and prioritization skills; detailed oriented
  • Embraces changes with a positive attitude
  • Experience in creating and documenting processes and procedures; knowledge of ISO standards
  • Consistently demonstrates a high degree of business acumen and good judgment
  • Successful experience working collaboratively with cross-functional teams
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively with all levels of the organization and suppliers; able to quickly gain credibility and trust
  • Demonstrates accountability; focused on meeting goals and deliverables on time and at the highest quality level possible
  • Is client-centric; proactively anticipates and actions internal customers’ needs
  • Successfully establishes and maintains long-term relationships with colleagues and suppliers
  • Must be highly focused and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Must be legally authorized to work in Canada without company sponsorship

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Project Management training an asset
  • APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional and/or Certified in Production and Inventory Management, SCMA Certified Supply Chain Professional or other supply chain related designation an asset
  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing tools and principles an asset

Physical Demands / Working Conditions: 

  • This role is located in the general office environment, with regular visits to manufacturing
  • PC use

Why G&W Electric?

We have established a long lived reputation for product quality and innovation. We believe our greatest asset is our employees and look for highly motivated, self-driven individuals who thrive in a fast-paced challenging environment. Our business is growing and if you are looking to grow and continue your development and reach success, you’ll find it at G&W Electric.  Be a part of keeping the lights on for critical infrastructure needs; hospitals, manufacturing, schools, retail spaces and much more.

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G&W offers the following benefits:

  • Generous Profit Sharing with RRSP Program paid quarterly
  • 17 paid days including Christmas shutdown and vacation
  • Annual performance increases
  • Comprehensive Benefit Package including life insurance, health, dental and paramedical services (all paid by employer)
  • Education Tuition Assistance
  • Job Security
  • Succession Planning
  • Air-conditioned/heated state-of-the-art manufacturing facility
  • Wellness and Gym Reimbursement Programs
  • Training and Developmental Opportunities
  • Continuous Performance Feedback
  • Fun social events, holiday party, bowling nights, and many more.

G&W Canada Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, G&W Canada Corporation will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform G&W Canada Corporation’s Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.


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