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Buyer II in US - Lake Charles, LA at Westlake Chemical

Date Posted: 5/17/2018

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Job Description

Job Title:                Buyer II

Department:          Purchasing

Reports To:            

FLSA Status:          Exempt

Prepared By:          Human Resources

Prepared Date:       4-30-18


Organizes and monitors purchasing records distribution, recording, and files retention, and actively performs purchasing activities.  Cultivates new and long-standing vendor relationships to attain the mutual professionalism required to assure timely deliveries.  Perform the primary thinking encompassed by this job description.  Comply with all Company policies and procedures.  Fully support Company goals of continuous improvement and operational excellence at strategic and tactical levels


  • Manages the flow, recording, and processing of purchasing documents.  Controls and manages the purchasing activity with external suppliers. Negotiates purchases to the most economical advantage to the Company.
  • Leverage yearly purchases to achieve lowest total cost by establishing yearly or multi-year Contracts for the purchase of goods and services through the identification of repeatable purchases, potential supply base and an appropriate sourcing strategy.
  • Prepares, submits for quotes, and purchases requisitioned materials and equipment following evaluation.
  • Prepares bid comparisons based on evaluation derived from vendor's bids.
  • Expedites orders that are critical to the operation of the Plants and those orders that are behind schedule.
  • Prepares and maintains preferred vendor database based on previous cost, quality of service, reliability and types of goods and materials.
  • Assists and researches logistical information in specific areas relating to all Plant departments.
  • Assists Accounting in resolving purchase/billing discrepancies; warehouse stores and other departments in expediting, scheduling, contracts, and specifications.
  • Assures that purchases have the proper D.O.A. approval levels applied and that the purchasing department complies with external guidelines, such as SOX and Frank-Dodd.
  • Contacts vendors to obtain quotes, delivery schedules, and terms of payment.  When appropriate, negotiates discounts, delivery schedules and terms.
  • Develops thorough knowledge of the Company’s ERP tools.


  • B.S. / B.A. in Business related or Engineering field with a minimum of five years of purchasing experience. 
  • Effective communication skills, strong business background involving realistic expectations and cost controls.


Position may or may not have direct reports and/or indirect reports.  The position requires the ability to motivate direct/indirect or non-reports in the purchasing function as well as non-purchasing functions. 


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.  The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  Incumbent may be required to travel via auto or airline on a limited basis.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate in the corporate office.  May be exposed to manufacturing environments on a limited basis


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