Buyer III

Colstrip, Montana, United States
Apr 20, 2021
May 20, 2021
Full Time
Job Description

Position Summary

Under general supervision, locates, evaluates and purchases parts, materials and services in accordance with company purchasing policies and procedures. This position will work closely with multiple internal and external stakeholders, as well as be able to build effective partnerships with key suppliers. The primary function for this position is to provide quality and competitively priced requested parts on-time to the requestor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Continually monitors the price, specifications, quality, transportation and delivery schedules for all purchases.
  • Manages Complex Bids with annual purchases that could exceed $15M.
  • Evaluates sourcing alternatives to identify the best source and value based upon established policy.
  • Ensures supplier performance goals are measured against established goals and business objectives.
  • Establishes forward purchase agreements to establish best price and availability for parts and materials.
  • Ensures requisitions are filled through contracted suppliers.
  • Aligns purchases with agreed upon stocking levels to optimize working capital performance.
  • Manages agreements and builds relationships with suppliers. Ensures supplier performance goals are measured against established goals and business objectives.
  • Ensures requested products/services are delivered at optimal cost and on time per schedule and serves as the key procurement liaison with internal team and external suppliers.
  • Develop relationships with stakeholders on locating items and information needed to accomplish duties if applicable based upon contract arrangement.
  • Competitively bids and purchases parts, materials, services and equipment at the best value for Westmoreland.
  • Continually seeks out new updated parts, materials and methods that may improve productivity and/or minimize costs and provides feedback to operations and maintenance personnel.
  • Partners with warehouse personnel to resolve shipping and receiving problems and accounts payable to resolve invoicing problems.
  • Responsible for executing data analytics, tracking and managing KPI's for assigned responsibilities that impact overall sourcing projects.
  • Performs daily work in the company's ERP system and Excel.

Job Requirements

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Supply Chain, Finance, or related field or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum 7 years of related work experience.
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.
  • Preferred JD Edwards or similar ERP System
  • Preferred experience using Excel


  • Analytical.
  • Problem solving.
  • Communication.
  • Organizational.
  • Negotiation.
  • Interpersonal.
  • Ability to learn and work in an ERP system.

Typical Working Conditions

  • Normal office environment. Occasional evening or weekend work. Ability to travel up to 25%.