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Buyer (I / II / III)

MSA, The Safety Company
Murrysville, PA 15668
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MSA, The Safety Company

Buyer (I / II / III)


Job ID: 2020-4330
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 4
Category: Global Supply Chain
MSA, The Safety Company


The Northern North America Buyer performs a functional role in a regional setting to support a multisite purchasing service strategy for MSA. Reporting to the Manager of Purchasing Services, this position will focus on the procurement of raw materials, semi-finished or finished goods and services from external sources of supply and will work to mitigate, or elevate where necessary, supplier quality, cost, and delivery issues. Pursuing optimization of both cost of goods purchased and inventory availability, this role will focus on supplier management, and development of positive relationships with internal & external (supplier) stakeholders.


  • Drive on-time, in-full delivery and continuity of supply through coordination and collaboration across the supply chain.
  • Optimize supplier delivery schedules and inventory levels by expediting or deferring material in accordance with changes in demand.
  • Utilize ERP system to effectively review and release purchase orders for the purpose of procuring raw, semi-finished goods and services.
  • Create and execute schedule agreements or consignment structures.
  • Ensure acknowledgments and order confirmations are in place to minimize supply disruption.
  • Enable operational excellence through the control of master data relating to purchasing information.
  • Provide core product commodity support working with the Sourcing team for cost control, cost savings, supplier quality and development and P2P initiatives.
  • Communicate forecasts to suppliers and ensure contract details, terms, conditions and delivery are fair and favorable for MSA.
  • Partner with the Transportation team on effective freight use and spend.
  • Utilize MSA's internal operating system to correctly identify root cause of problems and drive corrective action results.


Special knowledge, skills and abilities required:

  • Proven ability to model disciplined execution following detailed standard work, maintaining a high level of attention to detail, driving efficiency, productivity and personal accountability.
  • Demonstrated innovative and technological mindset to ensure master data integrity and accuracy, seek out latest industry trends, road-map future technology and champion early adoption.
  • Sound ability to make data driven and analytical decisions by identifying trends and opportunities, making problems visible, and utilizing financial acumen to justify investments and influence decisions.
  • Proven success in challenging the status quo to drive continuous improvement promoting the use of root cause problem solving, valuing new ideas, inspiring others, and demonstrating effective use of change management principles.
  • Proven success in building partnerships, influencing others, and communicating effectively both in verbal and written form, seeking diverse perspectives, and strong emotional intelligence to enable cross functional collaboration.
  • Ability to prioritize personal development by modeling a growth mindset, demonstrating openness to feedback, and pursuing ongoing learning.
  • Ability to travel approximately 10% domestically.


  • Experience using SAP for material resource planning.
  • Advanced skills with Excel based on level of experience.
  • Experience in low volume / high mix direct material purchasing in a versatile manufacturing and distribution environment.
  • Experience with strategic supplier relationships and new product development projects.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain, Logistics, Business or related field
  • This position is available at three different career levels:
    • Level one: less than 2 years of purchasing experience. This level will focus on expediting/exception management, master data entry and maintenance, and indirect requisition conversion responsibilities.
    • Level two: 2 years of purchasing experience. The level with will focus on medium level spend and supply chain complexity through interactions with tactical to critical suppliers.
    • Level three: 4+ years of purchasing experience. This level will focus on high level spend and supply chain complexity through interactions with critical to strategic suppliers.


  • ISM CIPS/CPSM and/or ASCM: CPIM/CSCP accreditation


MSA is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to providing a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination.

As such, it is MSA's policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of the person's age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, race, religion,
gender, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, veteran's status, genetic information, political affiliation, disabling condition,
or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. MSA also makes reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to perform a job unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship.

If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation to assist you in navigating this career site, let us know.Contact Us MSA is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans.



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Posted: 2020-10-28 Expires: 2020-11-28

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