Buyer - Raw Materials and Services

Aurora, Ohio, United StatesRotek Incorporated

Type of contract:Full-time, Permanent
Experience level:Professionals
Remote work:Not possible
Job field:Supply Chain
Status:Ongoing recruitment, entry date flexible
Posting date:2023/05/25
Job number:US_RS_06064
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Your responsibilities

  • Development of procurement strategies for all relevant commodities.
  • Ensure Compliance with all relevant Rotek, Rothe Erde and ThyssenKrupp policies.
  • Aligns department efforts with Rotek financial goals via key performance indicators (KPI’s).
  • Analyze MRP / requisition report and convert purchase requisition actions into orders.
  • Place purchase orders for inventory items in accordance with MRP required due dates.
  • Expedite purchase orders using SAP reports and tools to confirm expected delivery dates will be met.
  • Updates SAP system in order to reflect actual date of expected delivery as identified during expedite activity, keeping due dates (not statistical due date) accurate.
  • Communicates with Production Planning to alert of any unacceptable delivery times or changes to satisfy internal customer requirements.
  • Request competitive quotations for assigned items utilizing SAP request for quotations or manual RFQ.
  • Analyze and schedule supplier capacities.
  • Building and maintaining strategically relevant suppliers by establishing strategic partnerships.
  • Negotiate best price, delivery and commercial terms (payment terms, freight, etc.)
  • Manage supply base (vendor quality, on time delivery, quantity of vendors, value analysis).
  • Market research for assigned commodities.
  • Reconcile problem invoices and identify / correct root causes.
  • Maintain SAP master and transactional data (Vendor, info record, source list, etc., production order data for subcontracts, etc.)
  • Utilize ThyssenKrupp AG, ThyssenKrupp NA, Rothe Erde, and Rotek contracts.
  • Participation in Lead Buyer groups or Cluster Team Members in the development and implementation of new Groupwide strategies and improvement measures.
  • Create Debit Memo’s for discrepant products or services, as required.
  • Analyzes supplier performance (quality and on time delivery) and reports monthly of findings.
  • Develop new subcontract suppliers.
  • Set and monitor subcontract schedules.
  • Organize order placement with subcontractors, including all shipment activity, specifications and print submittal.
  • Work with Sales to coordinate direct to customer shipment of subcontracted rings and products.
  • Issue work instructions to subcontractors and assure timely delivery of subcontracted items.
  • Insure subcontractors work within Rotek quality standards.
  • Maintain current standard costs.
  • Coordinates all importing activities with designated import broker.
  • On-site visits at the vendor
  • Maintains a safe working environment by complying with all safety and environmental policies in the workplace. Advocates for and promotes a safe work environment by reporting near misses and/or other safety and environmental hazards, wearing all required PPE and encouraging others to do the same.

Team Responsibilities & Accountabilities:

  • Participates in monitoring KPI’s of both individual and department goals.
  • Successfully completes or participates in Rotek internal projects as assigned.
  • Provide input on Excess and Obsolete inventory team.
  • Provide input on Inventory planning team.
  • Assist departmental colleagues in review and approval of purchase orders, cross-training activities.
  • Participates in monthly cross functional meeting with Quality to implement measures.
  • Participates in monthly cross functional meeting with Engineering to implement measures.

Team Self Development:

  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships – Developing constructive and cooperative working relationship with others, and maintaining them over time.

Your profile

  • Written Comprehension – The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Verbal Comprehension – The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Verbal Expression – The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition – The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Expression – The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Solving- The ability to when confronted with a problem to come up with the steps to most efficiently solve them.
  • Speech Clarity – The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Information Ordering – The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g. patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Deductive Reasoning – The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Problem Sensitivity – The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Language Skills - Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals and blueprints. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to communicate effectively with peers, suppliers and management.
  • Mathematical Skills - Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discount interest commissions proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. Ability to work in both imperial and metric measurement systems, including conversion from one to another.
  • Reasoning Ability - Ability to apply common sense and understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, verbal or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, with three to five years related experience in the purchasing field.
  • Experience with machining of materials and SAP preferred.
  • Experience with negotiations, contract law and U.S. anti-trust laws preferred.
  • Experience with import and export regulations preferred.
  • Able to review and analyze prints and communicate with Engineering, Quality, and/or vendor.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes

Your benefits

Beyond the competitive benefits and compensation packages, Rotek / thyssenkrupp rothe erde USA Inc. proudly offers a rich history, steeped in innovation and a lasting commitment to our customers, employees and communities.

Benefits offered on the first of the month after your employment date:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Optical
  • 401(k) with 5% company match (after 90 days of employment)
  • Company paid short-term disability (after 6 months employment)
  • Paid personal time off


If you are an applicant with a California residency, please click on the following link: California Job Applicant Notice of Collection


$75000 - $85000 / year

Important to us

Health & Safety

Highest health & safety standards and a wide range of health promotion and healthcare activities.

Highest health & safety standards and a wide range of health promotion and healthcare activities.

We value diversity

It is Rotek / thyssenkrupp rothe erde USA Inc. policy to recruit, hire, and promote qualified personnel in all job classifications without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability or veteran status. If, as an individual with a disability, you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact the Human Resources department. Rotek / thyssenkrupp rothe erde USA Inc. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


The Buyer is responsible for planning, organizing and directing all purchase activities for the Aurora and Florence plants. Responsible for all indirect material and services [examples are maintenance services, industrial gases, chemicals, lubricants, packaging, spare parts, repair parts, uniforms, cutting tools, power tools, safety supplies and janitorial supplies]. Maintain clear understanding of supplier capabilities, capacities and order status is of key importance. Work with suppliers to understand and schedule supplier availability and ability to perform.

The Buyer is also responsible for managing assigned sourcing categories (development of sourcing category strategies; definition, implementation and monitoring of agreed measures.

Manages master contracts and contract-like agreements (follow-up negotiations, renegotiations) and reviews demands with internal clients to ensure implementation of department strategy.

From receiving your documents to acceptance: the application process

Step 1

Online application

Have you found an interesting vacancy? Then apply online. You won’t need more than 10 minutes. The entire application process – from initial contact to response – usually takes between four and six weeks.

Notes on application

You will have submitted your online application to thyssenkrupp in no time! As long as the position is available on our career page, you have the opportunity to apply.

We have adapted the application process to the current situation and conduct our interviews by video (not in the U.S.), telephone and also personally - in compliance with the applicable and necessary distance and hygienic rules. You will receive detailed information on this topic from our recruiting experts during the application process, while you can find general information and application tips here finden.

Further information about thyssenkrupp, our products and locations can be found directly on the company website.

We wish you every success with your application and stay healthy!


Move things forward with us - as colleagues and above all as a team.
Because together we dare to do something new and take things into our own hands.

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