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Sr. Buyer

Date: Oct 2, 2022

Location: Portland, OR, US

Company: Celestica International Inc.

Req ID: 106351 
Region: Americas 
Country: USA 
State/Province: Oregon 
City:  Portland 

This job is a first-level supervisor at a large site (>800 employees) supervising ~25 - 50 ee’s or a non-supervisory team lead of a support function and typically reports into a second-level manager. Provides direct supervision to semi-skilled employees within a single function or work group. This includes establishing annual plans/objectives and interpretation of policies related to the functional area. Contributes to policy development. Work is performed within established professional standards and practices. Receives assignments in the form of tasks and goals and follows established processes to meet the goals of the unit. Executes budgets, develops schedules, and enforces policies and procedures. Erroneous decisions or failure to achieve results may have a negative impact on the division’s/department’s operations, schedules, and/or performance goals. Provides immediate supervision to a unit or group of employees, assigning tasks and checking work at regular intervals. Directs subordinates to achieve assignments using established guidelines, procedures, and policies. Participates in the interviewing and hiring process. Reviews employees’ performance and recommends employee compensation; coaches for improved performance and recommends disciplinary action as necessary. Approves overtime schedules and working hours. Interacts directly with subordinates and peer groups; engages in routine exchanges of information; interactions with external contacts, if applicable, would be monitored


Detailed Description:

Performs tasks such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinates buying activities for procurement team.

  • Manages team projects and allocates resources.

  • Provides advice on procurement documentation creation, review and approval.

  • Provides direction for customization of procurement documentation and creates database of standards.

  • Advises on procurement plan development, source lists, methods of bid/quotation, and negotiations.

  • Leads development of complex procurement documentation.

  • Leads complex procurement activity where no precedents or local expertise exists.

  • Develops purchasing policies and procedures.

  • Advises and directs internal customers on applicable policies and procedures.

  • Maintains responsibility for new site acquisition procurement activities.

  • Prepares and places purchase orders, requisitions, and expedite as required.

  • Recommends solutions for cost savings, on time deliveries and overall quality.

  • Acts as primary contact with suppliers, internal and external customer to facilitate problem resolution and performance standards.

  • Ensures availability of goods and services to meet committed business schedules.

  • Generates reports and coordinates consistent procurement metrics.

  • Administers and coordinates closure of invoice discrepancies and negotiate adjustments with suppliers to resolve in timely manner.

  • Acts as team leader, mentor and coach within the Purchasing team.



  • Broad knowledge of an electronics manufacturing environment, material and processes

  • Broad knowledge of procurement processes, inventory management and supplier management.

  • Knowledge of basic computer applications and the ability to learn and use multiple applications specific to this department.

  • Strong knowledge of negotiation techniques.

  • Broad knowledge of a wide range of contracts.

  • Strong communications and presentation skills.

  • Good leadership and coaching skills.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail and accuracy and working under tight time deadlines.

  • Ability to evaluate, prioritize and problem solve a variety of tasks to ensure their timely and accurate completion.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with a wide variety of internal and external customers.

  • Strong knowledge of SCM policies, and procedures and ISO standards.


Physical Demands:

  • Duties of this position are performed in a normal office environment.

  • Duties may require extended periods of sitting and sustained visual concentration on a computer monitor or on numbers and other detailed data.

  • Repetitive manual movements (e.g., data entry, using a computer mouse, using a calculator, etc.) are frequently required.

  • Occasional overnight travel may be required.


Typical Experience:

  • Four to six years relevant experience


Typical Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, or consideration of an equivalent combination of education and experience.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Celestica’s policy on equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran or disability status, or other characteristics protected by law. 

This policy applies to hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral and other aspects of employment and also states that retaliation against a person who files a charge of discrimination, participates in a discrimination proceeding, or otherwise opposes an unlawful employment practice will not be tolerated. All information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.



Celestica (NYSE, TSX: CLS) enables the world’s best brands. Through our recognized customer-centric approach, we partner with leading companies in Aerospace and Defense, Communications, Enterprise, HealthTech, Industrial, Capital Equipment and Energy to deliver solutions for their most complex challenges. As a leader in design, manufacturing, hardware platform and supply chain solutions, Celestica brings global expertise and insight at every stage of product development – from drawing board to full-scale production and after-market services for products from advanced medical devices, to highly engineered aviation systems, to next-generation hardware platform solutions for the Cloud.

Headquartered in Toronto, with talented teams spanning 40+ locations in 13 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia, we imagine, develop and deliver a better future with our customers.


Celestica would like to thank all applicants, however, only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Celestica does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruitment agencies or fee based recruitment services.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

Job Segment: Supply Chain, Supply Chain Manager, Data Entry, Purchasing, Procurement, Operations, Administrative, Finance