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Associate Buyer - 2970 in Aberdeen, MS at Westlake Chemical

Date Posted: 3/12/2018

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Job Description

Associate Buyer

Westlake  is offering an opportunity to apply your experience and skills as an Associate Buyer based in Aberdeen, MS. The position is responsible for purchasing of raw materials, packaging, operating supplies, maintenance and storeroom materials, contract services, capital project equipment as needed for the Aberdeen facility.


The essential duties of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Prepares and issues Request for Quotes for requisitioned materials.

  • Prepares bid comparisons and obtains technical bid evaluations where required.

  • Process purchase orders in SAP for raw materials, packaging, operating supplies, maintenance materials, storeroom materials, contract services, capital project equipment, and capital project services as assigned by the Purchasing Supervisor.

  • Purchases materials and services for the Plant in a manner which assures that the most economical advantage to the Company has been attained.

  • Expedites orders that are critical to the operation of the Plant and those orders that are behind schedule.

  • Assists in preparing and maintaining Preferred Vendor File based on previous cost, quality of service, reliability and types of goods and materials.

  • Assists Accounting in resolving purchase/billing discrepancies; warehouse stores and other departments in expediting, scheduling, contracts, and specifications.

  • Ensures that purchases comply with current D.O.A.

  • Ensures that all purchasing activities performed comply with corporate and plant purchasing and accounting guidelines.

  • Contacts vendors, contractors, and engineering firms to obtain quotes, delivery schedules, and terms of payment.When appropriate, negotiates discounts, delivery schedules and terms.

  • Review Raw Material Certificates of Analysis (CofAs) and approve only those CofAs which indicate that the analyzed Raw Material meets the Plant’s Raw Material Specifications.

  • Arrange for LTL/TL/Hot Shot Shipment of equipment sent out for repair or for delivery.

  • Utilize Material Return process for material sent out for repair, return to vendor for credit, exchange, or salvage.

  • Assist in performing the duties of other Purchasing Personnel when they are absent due to illness or vacation.

  • Respond to after-hours calls as needed.

  • Assist in maintaining and tracking Contractor Insurance requirement compliance.

  • Assist in the preparation of purchasing contracts, Master Agreement for Terms and Conditions Services and Goods.

  • Assist with counting process of Storeroom and Warehouse inventoried items.

  • Analyze inventory levels and periodically propose revised MRP levels.

  • Assist with reporting and tracking Supplier conformance and non-conformance.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Engineering, or other Technical Field


The ideal candidate will possess the following essential skills and qualifications:

  • Must develop an effective use of SAP, MS Word/Excel/Outlook, Skype, and Webex.

  • Must develop an ability to type 25-30 words a minute and use of 10-Key using QWERTY.

  • Must have effective interpersonal, analytical, and negotiating skills.


If you are interested and feel you are qualified, please apply internally by going to Connect!.  You may also apply via email to the Human Resources Department at