Sr Buyer

Date: Nov 30, 2023

LOCATION: Torrance, CA, US

Company: Pelican Products, Inc.


Salary Range [ $80,000 - $105,000 ] 



The Buyer III purchases materials and supplies to maintain monthly production requirements. Coordinates shipments with vendors, monitors inventory levels, makes recommendations for improvements and processes. Formulates strategic plans and objectives for purchasing; performs in-depth and complete procurement plans and analysis of new purchase materials and supplies; trains other Buyers as required.


  • Purchases materials and supplies according to approved requisitions, ERP or through management.
  • Develops and manages effective relationships with suppliers.
  • Negotiates contracts and processes purchase orders as required. Negotiates pricing with suppliers and makes recommendations for supplier selection. Initiates and oversees new supplier qualification process as outlined in ISO procedures.
  • Manages data integrity for purchased parts in the material master for import or export information.
  • Administers ERP for new vendors and/or products.
  • Develops and manages commodity strategies and tactical plans; recommends changes in purchasing and material management policies as needed.
  • Provides forecast data of future market conditions to understand commodity drivers on critical parts and vendors to ensure production support by sourcing new or alternate materials, new technologies and supply sources. 
  • Partners with New Product Development teams to optimize and develop the lowest overall sourced supply solution.
  • Delivers more than 3% year-over-year spend productivity by managing cost reduction projects aimed at supplier consolidation, make/buy analytics, alternate supplier canvassing/development/qualification, champions LCC sourcing efforts.
  • Reconciles inventory and invoices for the purpose of identifying discrepancies.
  • Performs root cause analysis for stock outs, missed deliveries and non-conforming product to proactively drive permanent solutions and processes.
  • Identifies excess and obsolete inventory and recommends disposition.
  • Conducts supplier visits and evaluations to determine suitability.
  • Follows, maintains and enforces ISO standards and all compliance requirements.
  • Analyzes vendor ratings based on Quality, Service, and Delivery.
  • Actively supports and complies with Pelican’s objectives, guidelines and commitment to Quality and Safety, with an emphasis on continual improvement.
  • Follows company policies and practices as outlined in the Employee Handbook and/or applicable employment agreement. Follows safety guidelines and procedures in accordance with the job.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years related experience.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working within a full-scale ERP system (SAP, Oracle, NetSuite, Epicor or similar)

  • In-depth knowledge of purchasing procedures/practices in a manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to interpret technical drawings and specifications.
  • Must be eligible to receive information controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.



  • 3-5 years of international purchasing experience.
  • APICS, CPIM and/or purchasing certificate.

  • Experience working within SAP ERP.

  • Ability to speak Mandarin/Cantonese or Spanish a Plus.



  • Actively supports and complies with Pelican’s objectives, guidelines and commitment to Quality and Safety, with an emphasis on continual improvement.
  • Must be able to interact effectively and cooperatively with employees at all levels.
  • Must have the ability to complete assignments within the timeframe specified by the Manager.
  • Must be flexible regarding working hours. Must be able to work evenings and weekends, with or without advanced notice.
  • Must be able to operate in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ensures that staff is contributing at maximum potential through rigorous hiring practices and an emphasis on training and development initiatives, including coaching and counseling direct reports in their performance and professional development, for approving the proposal of pay increases, hiring decisions and disciplinary actions.
  • Emphasizes ethical leadership and decision-making to protect Pelican’s brand and reputation.
  • Establishes challenging, productive and achievable goals for direct reports; measure results by establishing checkpoints to track progress.
  • Must be able to travel, nationally and internationally, as necessary.



  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be occasionally required to execute standard physical activities within the facility areas (i.e. stand, walk, sit, use hands/fingers).
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be occasionally required to execute non-standard physical activities within the facility areas (i.e. climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch).
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
  • This position requires repetitive hand/wrist activities.


The approximate base compensation range is shown above. The actual offer may vary based on skills, experience and location.

Pelican Products, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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