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Baker Hughes Lead Buyer in LONGMONT, Colorado


Lead Buyer main responsibilities: supporting the buyers of direct materials on day-to-day activities; creating and updating training documents and procedures; providing training to existing and new personnel; collaborate with new products introduction (NPIs); support, lead and encourage process improvement projects; and mentor individuals to further their professional development. In this position, you will report to the Material Manager and have direct interaction with the Plant Manager. The lead buyer may act as a buyer during peaks of demand or during a buyer’s vacation, leave or absence.


In the role of a Lead Buyer, you will:

  • Support buyersof direct materials on day-to-day activities

  • Create and updatetraining documents and procedures

  • Providetraining to existing and new personnel

  • Collaboratewith new products introduction (NPIs)

  • Define,calculate and report KPIs

  • Support, leadand encourage process improvement projects

  • Mentorindividuals looking to further their professional development

  • Be the firstline of escalation for buyers and help them to resolve issues with suppliersand internal customers

  • Assign partsto their associated commodities and maintain proper record of information inERP

  • Track buyers’capacity vs. load and adjust the team’s work as required to maintain leveledloading

As a team leader, expectation from you and your team to:

  • Achieve lowest possible cost for material, balanced againstoptimum quality and schedule needs

  • Evaluate current and anticipated requirements, determinepotential sources, obtain bids, and plan purchases to meet business needs

  • Perform some or all the required functions from quoting tosatisfactory delivery of material or service

  • Initiate necessary actions to assure best value is received,customer delivery requirements are met, and address any non-conforming materialwith supplier

  • Create purchase orders with sound purchasing practices andassure compliant acquisition of material or service that meet applicable companyand government regulations

  • Ensure Purchase Orders (PO) are placed in a timely fashion,targeting a low rate of open purchase requisitions

  • Follow up PO status with supplier, update supplier ordersacknowledgement in SAP and maintain accurate delivery dates on the PO. Ensureno overdue POs exist in the system

  • Maintain timely control of orders, amendments, shippingnotices, and other required documents to assure orderly administration andretention of records

  • Provide support to planners, project managers, manufacturingand other areas

  • Cooperate withstrategic sourcing team to introduce new suppliers and new processes, tomaintain correct supplier information and to resolve conflicts


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university or college

  • Minimumof 3 years in a leadership position and 3 years in a supply chain role OR Aspire/JOLP/OMLP/Edison Graduate(Baker Hughes employees only)

  • Minimum 1 year of ERP Systems experience


  • 5 years of experience in a Supply Chain Role.

  • Experience in SAP

  • Previous experience as a buyer

  • Ability to multitask and deliver under pressure

  • Ability to work well in a team environment

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work under tight time deadlines,with frequently changing priorities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong customer service mindset with ability to enhanceinternal customer relationships

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Demonstrated self-starter and highly motivated

  • Advanced use of Microsoft Excel

  • APICS CPIM or equivalent

  • Six Sigma Trained or Equivalent Quality training

  • Green Belt certified


  • Longmont, CO

This is your opportunity to learn more, do more, live the career you have imagined and be part of a truly diverse organization.

Baker Hughes is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Learn more at

Job: Manufacturing

Title: Lead Buyer

Location: Colorado-LONGMONT

Requisition ID: 1926024