Purchasing Agent (Metal components)

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Pleasanton, CA
$100,000 - $130,000
Job Type
Direct Hire
Jan 08, 2019
Job ID
Our client is a major manufacturer of transit vehicles, that has a 100 yr history of being a great and secure place to work!--They have an immediate need now for Commodity Manager with a strong background in purchasing of metal fabricated components.


The Commodity Manager is responsible for the strategic purchasing of fabricated components.   Through individual contributions, leading the fabrication team, cross functional influencing, and technical knowledge, the Commodity Manager builds and executes a supply chain roadmap for this category of parts. Concurrently, the Commodity Manager has daily responsibility for purchasing their commodities directly.

The Commodity Manager identifies and leads initiatives to reduce cost and increase service while ensuring product availability. Through demonstrated knowledge, the Commodity Manager will serve as an expert resource to the buyers, engineers, senior management, and peers. This role reports to the Material Procurement and Freight Manager.


  • Develop commodity roadmaps that align business requirements with industry and supplier capabilities
  • Identify, evaluate, select, and integrate new suppliers and technologies
  • Manage supplier relationships and be primary point of contact
  • Continually educate self and others on market trends, cost drivers, technical improvements, and competitive landscape
  • Negotiate, plan and place purchase orders
  • Maintain optimum inventory levels in support of Production and resolve all issues related to assigned commodities
  • Work closely with Engineering to influence technical design decisions to meet business objectives
  • Ensure the continuous improvement of quality, service, and total cost in support of business needs
  • Negotiate pricing, vendor agreements, contracts, and other legal documents
  • Performs other duties as required


Required Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or equivalent work experience
  • 8+ years’ experience in a metal fabricated component procurement or supply chain role
  • Desire to share deep technical knowledge on given commodity
  • Strong problem-solving skills, organization skills, and attention to detail
  • Experience in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong knowledge of manufacturing and supply chain processes

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of lean principles
  • Proficient in use of Syteline MRP system
  • Previous experience as a Commodity Manager