Senior Buyer

Senior Buyer

Location: Blackhawk Rd. Rockford, IL
Department: Purchasing
Reporting To: Purchasing Director
Hours: Monday-Friday (7:30am-4pm)


Reporting to the Purchasing Director, the Senior Buyer will form an integral part of the Purchasing function in the achievement of operational objectives. With a strong solid background in purchasing and supply chain management, the candidate will take a proactive approach in developing suppliers to ensure the lowest cost while achieving world class quality and delivery standards. The role is key to leading the company forward in securing quality suppliers of materials and components covering price delivery and quality targets.



  • Manage and control a portfolio of external productions suppliers
  • Develop commodity strategies to identify suitable technologies and suppliers
  • Ensure parts and materials are bought at the most competitive total cost and delivered on time to production
  • Confidently enter into contractual negotiations with current and potential suppliers to identify cost saving opportunities
  • Establish strategic relationships with key supply partners aligned to the global supply chain strategy
  • Identify new suppliers, agree terms and negotiate supply agreements where appropriate, including discount agreements and volume rebates
  • Foster close working relationships with associated departments, e.g. Engineering, Production, Sales and Project Management
  • Continually improve purchasing/supply chain methods to drive down external cost
  • Continually benchmark the market to ensure up-to-date status on latest technology
  • Continually review processes, procedures and work with the Purchasing Manager to implement
  • Maintain stringent control of material costs in line with set objectives
  • Fully involved with Engineering on the evaluation of new and existing parts and successful integration into the business
  • Monitor current and future trends in the global market place
  • Work closely with Quality to develop the principle of 'Supplier Quality Development' across the supply base
  • Identify requirements for suppliers and criteria for procurement
  • High competency level in the use of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint and Word as a minimum)
  • Proven track record of controlling and reducing cost whilst developing a robust supply base
  • Experience with purchasing customs, manufactured parts including scheduled deliveries
  • Experience working with MRP and lean replenishment systems is essential
  • Direct supplier and commodity management for a specific number of suppliers/commodities
  • Represent the department at internal meetings and presenting purchasing performance achievements


  • Bachelor Degree in Business, Engineering or related field
  • Minimum five to seven years of experience in Purchasing role
  • CPSM or CSCP certification preferred
  • Extensive knowledge of MPS/MRP
  • Experience outsourcing to low cost countries


If you would like to be considered and meet all the position requirements, please email your resume and cover letter to Andrew Hall in Human Resources.

Bergstrom Inc is an Equal Opportunity Employer.