Production Buyer I in Shelbyville, TN at Calsonic Kansei

Date Posted: 9/11/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description


Buyer I position is an introductory position in Purchasing. Under general supervision, this position is responsible for centralized procurement of commodities to provide the most efficient and cost effective means to support daily plant operations. Additionally, this position will support the Purchasing Department’s Management. Support of the Manufacturing and Engineering areas in general documentation, updates, and review is required. Buyer may assist in improvement activities and general staff support.


• Creates and processes requisitions to support Blanket and Tooling purchase orders.
• Tracks in-process requisitions and purchase orders as needed.
• Conducts product price negotiating and/or comparison.
• Assists in resolution of pricing/invoicing issues when the applicable departments are unable to resolve.
• Issue Purchase Orders and maintain part number files to support TS16949 requirements.
• Helps facilitate sourcing of imported parts through domestic, international and/or LCC suppliers as required.
• Maintains supplier relationships in order to meet CKNA QCDMM requirements. Facilitate meetings as required to resolve issues.
• Compiles and evaluates data for various weekly, monthly and annual reports (cost reduction, market fluctuation, supplier ratings, supplier scrap, budget variance, supplier expenditure).
• Manages the flow of PCR’s and ERA’s. Report cost and timing information to CMD.
• Implement design changes as required.
• Manages tracking and recording of various improvement projects (ex. 5S, Kaizen Specialist Activities).
• Communicates frequently with internal and external contacts on various issues.
• Presents sourcing recommendations to management.
• Conducts market studies with guidance.
• Perform rudimentary cost analysis.
• Attends departmental training, company meetings, and HR training awareness sessions.
• Completes other duties as assigned.

The above typical duties are characteristic of this job and demonstrate a level of difficulty and are not intended to list or limit the duties that may be required or assigned to an employee in this classification.


This work is performed in a general office environment.


Job Requirements


The incumbent must:

• Have a high school diploma or GED.
• If non-degreed must have minimum of four (4) years of experience in related field
-Or –
• Have an Associate’s Degree in related discipline and minimum of two (2) years of experience in related field
-Or -
• Have a Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline 
• Certification may be required in some areas.
• Have experience working with integrated computer programs and/or applications.
• Have strong communication, administrative and organizational skills, and the ability to coordinate multiple projects and programs.
• Be able to pass all background checks and pre-employment tests, including any required drug test.
• Be able to maintain the confidentiality of any information s/he encounters.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to those who are able to perform the essential duties of the job.


Intermediate to advanced experience (beyond basic data entry) working with computer applications such as Word, Excel, Lotus Notes, and Power-point and other presentation applications and/or software.

CKNA reserves the right to revise this Job Description, as it deems necessary.

SUMMARY - CKNA Production Buyer I

Education & Training Qualifications


• If non-degreed must have minimum of four (4) years of experience in related field
-Or –
• Have an Associate’s Degree in related discipline and minimum of two (2) years of experience in related field
-Or -
• Have a Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline (Business Management, Procurement, Marketing, Accounting, Political Science or closely-related field.)

Duties & Responsibilities

• Problem Solving
• Bid Specification & Contract Writing

      • Entry level technical and professional work in the procurement of production parts or materials.
      • Duties include:
          • Request for Quotes
          • Quote evaluation
          • Purchase Order creation and maintenance
          • Maintain Part Number files
          • Maintain Supplier Relationships
          • Facilitate Design Changes
          • Market studies
          • Rudimentary Cost Analysis
          • Various Reporting requirements

Distinguishing Features

Ability to make decisions pertaining to cost, quality, supplier stability and availability of parts and/or materials and report to management.



• Multiple Bidding process
• Quotation Analysis
• LCC research
• Processing requisitions
• Placing Purchase Orders
• Commodity management
• Supplier maintenance
• Quality system (ISO, QS or TS certification)
• PPAP process