Purchasing Agent

The Lincoln Electric Company
 Chattanooga, TN

Tenessee Rand, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric, is a full service automation integrator. We provide engineering, machining, and integrated robotic systems with core competencies in advanced welding system design, high-quality weld fixtures, robotic integration, process automation, and ongoing service and support.

Req. ID: 21616

Purpose: This position is responsible for the procurement of direct and indirect materials for the day to day operations of our manufacturing process.

Job Description:

  • Order materials and components from submitted purchase requisitions and bill of material lists.
  • Ensure purchase orders and other documents are submitted to vendors, and verified, in a timely manner.
  • Cooperate and/or negotiate with vendors as needed to achieve specific material delivery date requirements.
  • Sales and order release of Clamping Products and spare parts.
  • Responsible for performing assigned duties to promote the effectiveness of the purchasing function relating to procurement, total cost reductions, new products, supplier development and performance, and sourcing strategies. Under a minimum of supervision, source materials and products at best possible price insuring satisfactory quality, performance, and delivery to meet Company objectives and customer requirements.
  • Assist in the review of all major contract specifications to keep informed on their content and work from contract specifications, quotations, purchase requisitions and estimates to regularly perform essential job functions.
  • Follows sourcing strategies, maintains supplier partner relationships, and evaluates supplier performance in cost/quality/delivery/technological support to drive continuous improvement. All above work is to be in conjunction with Materials Manager and higher level purchasing agents.
  • Continues programs of exploration for new materials, suppliers, and processes to achieve the best possible quality, reliability, prices, continuity, and delivery.
  • Maintains purchasing practices, contracts, assessments, and policies to insure honest, fair, and ethical relationships with our vendors.
  • Keeps abreast of materials and markets and materials pricing trends that effect Company products.
  • Prepare and issue all necessary reports and/or correspondence.
  • Initiate blanket purchase orders and one-time buy orders. Work closely with the Engineering and Material personnel to coordinate the purchase order.
  • Participate as a member in supplier negotiation sessions and follows negotiation strategies developed by the Purchasing Manager.
  • Cooperate with other departments in the procurement of price information on material to promote efficient, economical, and expeditious processing and manufacturing.

Basic Requirements:

  • High School, GED, Vocational High School, or Technical College, or equivalent experience
  • Software specific training.
  • Basic understanding of machine capabilities and shop processes beneficial, including machine tooling and production and fabrication processes.
  • Basic knowledge of purchasing policies, processes and procedures.
  • Basic knowledge and ability to negotiate best vendor terms, pricing and delivery based on specific budget and schedule requirements.
  • Minimum 1 year experience in equipment build environment.
  • General Computer Aptitude.
  • Communications Skills.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is required to sit the majority of the time and will infrequently lift or move up to 50 pounds.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee is exposed to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.

Lincoln Electric is a $3.2B publicly traded company (NASDAQ) with over 11,000 employees around the world. With operations in over 56 manufacturing locations in 19 countries, we are well positioned to continue this partnership and poised to grow with our customers. As a part of that continuing legacy, you will contribute to a new generation of innovation and experience the pride that comes with being part of the solution to the world’s challenges. It is a great time to be part of the welding industry!

Lincoln Electric does not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters. Resumes submitted to any employee(s) of Lincoln Electric without a signed vendor agreement, by the Manager of Recruiting & Training, will become property of Lincoln Electric. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of Lincoln Electric will not be considered binding terms. Lincoln Electric will not pay a fee to any third-party recruiter that has not coordinated their recruiting activity through the Recruiting Department.

Employment Status: Hourly Full-Time

Function: Supply Management

Section: Wayne Trail Technologies (US76)

EOE, including disability/veterans