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Purchasing Manager
Alpha Technologies Services, Inc. Bellingham, Washington, United States 17 Days Ago
Req. #: 91-2019
Job Category: Purchasing / Procurement
Sub Category:
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Shift: Day
Zipcode: 98226
Posted: 2019-03-05
Minimum Education: Bachelors Degree
Degree Title:
Minimum Experience: 4-6 years
Career Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Job Status
Start Publishing: 2019-03-04
Stop Publishing: 2019-04-04

Location: Bellingham, WA

Alpha Technologies, which provides world-class powering solutions, seeks a Purchasing Manager, for its team in Bellingham, WA. This position will be responsible for the day-to-day activities and personnel in the purchasing department at the facility in Bellingham. Plan specific short and long-term commodity objectives to provide effective use of company funds, to resolve procurement issues, and to insure timely delivery and quality of materials. Evaluate market conditions and trends in commodities.

Essential Responsibilities:

• Develop and negotiate strategies to effectively supply material, and effectively communicate and negotiate with internal and external customers and suppliers
• Contact potential vendors, perform reference checks, review quotations and evaluate the most appropriate method of procurement. Methods may include: contracts, blanket orders, vendor managed programs, or replenishment programs
• Supervise buyers and develop purchasing plan for their assigned commodities
• Manage performance of suppliers to achieve cost and delivery goal
• Direct savings improvement plan for assigned commodities
• Interact with engineering department to assist in the sourcing of materials, with respect to cost, quality, and availability of materials
• Minimize inventory levels through the effective management of materials and suppliers
• Continuously strive to reduce cost of assigned commodities
• Represent the materials functions regarding internal and external quality audits
• Oversee contract manufacturing in China and new product development

Additional Responsibilities:

• Perform long-range puchasing research and materials planning of key commodities
• Visit vendor plants to observe operations and evaluate manufacturing practices
• Ensure ECO's and material start and stop dates are implemented effectively

Requirements and Skills:

Education: Bachelor Degree or equivalent military training in field of: business or engineering

Experience: 4 - 6 years in field of: purchasing/materials

Supervisory Experience: 2 - 4 years

• Excellent record of attendance
• Ability to speak/read/write English
• Detail oriented with strong organizational skills
• Work well under pressure
• Current driver’s license and acceptable driving record
• Available weekends and after hours when on call
• Experience performing a high level of material purchases in the domestic market
• Understanding of inventory control, warehouse and planning functions
• Strong MRP/ERP knowledge or experience
• Knowledge of manufacturing practices, materials and their use
• Ability to work both independently and in a team environment and prioritize work
• Ability to communicate effectively with subordinates, co-workers, management, vendors and customers

PC Application Skills:

Basic level: PowerPoint
Intermediate level: Word, Excel, Outlook

Travel Requirements: N/A

Desirable Qualifications:

• Background in performing a high level of material purchases in the international market
• Perceptive, analytical, with ability to induce cooperation in complex organizational relationships

No phone calls please. Equal Opportunity Employer

To Apply:

E-mail resume to: or fax resume to: 360-392-2148. For more info on The Alpha Group, visit

The Alpha Group offers a competitive package of employee benefits, including:
• A comprehensive healthcare plan with dental, prescription and vision coverage
• Company paid group life/AD&D insurance, an Employee Assistance Program and a voluntary life insurance, short-term disability and long-term disability program
• Flexible spending plans for Healthcare and Dependent Care, including a substantial company contribution available toward annual licensed childcare costs
• A robust 401(k) plan with varied investment options. Alpha contributes matching dollars annually at the discretion of its trustees
• An annual tuition reimbursement program to encourage learning and growth
• Eight paid holidays each year
• Up to two weeks of vacation time accrued annually at the start of employment and sick time

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