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Buyer- Indirect Strategic

Company: MTS Systems
Location: Eden Prairie
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

smart people.

smart ideas.

smart choice.

A thriving environment for learning, innovation and growth.

Why do so many people join MTS Systems Corporation and stay for a career? Because this is a place where you get to apply your creativity, work with smart people on fascinating projects, and make a positive impact on people's lives. It is a place where you can learn, innovate and grow professionally.

Transforming what's possible with cars, aircraft, bridges, wind turbines and space-age materials - this is work we dream about as kids. At MTS, it's a rewarding career path for talented individuals who are willing to work hard, think hard, and commit to solving complex and critical challenges for our customers around the world, many of whom are leaders in their respective industries.

By joining MTS, you'll have access to the latest tools and technologies, along with the support of colleagues who are passionate about their work. You'll discover a dynamic culture of continuous improvement that extends to our people, one that offers numerous ways to expand your knowledge and advance your career. And because we are a global company, your work may also include world travel.

Our business is thriving. Our future is exciting. Your potential is unlimited.


Primary Objective:

To act as an authorized agent of the company and manage one or more of the Indirect Categories which may include, but not limited to Facilities, MRO, Utilities, CAPEX, Marketing, Professional Services, IT, HR, Travel, and Fleet.

Major Areas of Accountability:

  • Support the development and implementation of sourcing strategies, negotiate pricing and supply agreements for assigned commodities and services.
  • Initiate and find opportunities of cost savings to support departmental and company goals at every point of intake. Document all cost savings from various sources.
  • Consult and partner with stakeholders about their needs and desired purchases and assist in locating and identifying items and services being sought. Must act as an internal advisor, influencing functional decision makers and budget holders about their spend. Lead and facilitate the strategic source selection and approval process for indirect spend.
  • Execute purchase orders to meet company demand for materials and services, which are sometimes complex in nature. Ensure all requirements, pricing, terms and conditions, and expectations are clearly documented, and manage exception messages by expediting, delaying, or canceling orders as required.
  • Support internal customers by providing information on purchasing processes, products, and suppliers. Mitigate problems by understanding customer requirements and anticipating issues that provide value in resolving supplier and purchasing related issues.
  • Administer bid processes, including preparation of RFIs, RFPs, RFQs, and supplier onboarding packages, to ensure product and service requirements are documented. Evaluate suppliers' proposal for price, requirements, terms and conditions, risk and performance and value.
  • Negotiate with suppliers by developing negotiation strategies based upon the proposal analysis to include price/cost factors, terms and conditions, and technical issues and documents and maintains contractual agreements.
  • Provide feedback to support strategic sourcing, including assessments of the current situation (e.g., internal direction, suppliers, pricing trends) and identify future purchase strategies and actions to proactively reduce total costs and optimize performance.
  • Manage expiring supplier contracts within assigned categories. Includes but not limited to spend data analysis, contract compliance, and recommendations of renewals or termination. Support Category Sourcing Leader in negotiating sourcing contracts within category(ies) assigned.
  • Concentrate efforts on value added activities such as lowering total cost of ownership, driving cost savings, improving quality and delivery metrics.
  • Other accountabilities as assigned.

Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of purchasing experience within a manufacturing environment; or in lieu of bachelor's degree, 8 years of continued advancement in a manufacturing, technical, or business environment, plus three years of technical purchasing experience. Total experience of at least 11 years without a bachelor's degree.



MTS Systems Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital status or veteran status.

Posting Notes: Manufacturing/Operations/Quality | | |

Keywords: MTS Systems, Eden Prairie , Buyer- Indirect Strategic, Other , Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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