Applied Minds Burbank, CA

The Buyer reports to the Director of Purchasing and works closely with the company Co-Founders and Project Managers. This position sources and buys unique, special order, or one-of-a-kind high-technology equipment and supplies at the lowest costs. Responsibilities include locating the best goods and services, choosing suppliers and vendors, and negotiating purchase prices and contracts.


* Promptly attend to procurement requests in online procurement queue

* Create, maintain and manage purchase orders in database

* Update/maintain procurement records, such as items or services purchased, costs, delivery, product quality or performance and inventories.

* Perform quick yet thorough research on the commodity or service to be purchased

* Identify and locate products for purchase. Items most typically sourced include:

* Audio/visual systems and components

* Multimedia development and display systems

* Application software

* Computer hardware and components

* Machine shop equipment and supplies

* Theatrical equipment and supplies

* Automotive systems

* Electrical, electro-optical, electro-mechanical and electronic systems

* Inquire, examine, and test, as needed, to make the best selection decisions

* Identify/contact vendors to obtain product or service information, such as price, availability, and delivery schedule

* Prepare purchase orders and bid requests

* Review bid proposals and negotiate contracts within budgetary limitations and scope of authority

* Provide outstanding service to our internal customers/project managers and peers

* Build and maintain successful relationships with a broad array of vendors

* Discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services with inspection or quality control personnel, users, vendors, and others to determine source of trouble and take corrective action.

* Coordinate with Accounting on invoice approvals

* Review and maintain know

* ledge of contracts, bids, proposals, vendor agreements, dealer arrangements and OEM contracts.

* Drive the effectiveness and efficiency of our purchasing process. Be a problem solver, make recommendations and be flexible.

* Coordinate with mailroom on deliveries


* 3-5 years of purchasing experience in technology environment (preferably fast-paced with tight project deadlines)

* Strong purchasing systems and process knowledge and expertise

* Excellent negotiation skills and track record of cost savings

* Deep sourcing experience with specialty, high value, low volume items, (preferably in a rapid prototyping R&D environment)

* Ability to understand and articulate the requirements and specifications of purchasing requests and engage effectively with vendors

* Strong teamwork and customer interface skills

* Experience with Costpoint 7 is preferred

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