Buyer II


Date: 1 week ago
City: Portland, OR
Salary: $51,268 - $64,085 / year
Contract type: Full time

Vigor Values

Vigor expects all employees to enhance the atmosphere in which they work by living the Vigor Values every day.

Truth: We seek the truth, and we speak the truth
Responsibility: We act on what we know is right
Evolution: We seek mastery, and adapt to a changing world
Love: We care about the people we work with, and the world we live in


This position is accountable for support of purchasing relationships and processes and coordinates material requisitions. The Buyer initiates purchase orders, authorizes releases and interfaces with suppliers. Working under the guidelines from the designate Manager, the position may negotiate price and delivery commitments and schedule supplier deliveries.


(This list is not intended to detail all aspects of the assigned work but is representative of the job’s overall responsibilities)

  • Receives and reviews Bills of Material, Specifications, Purchase Technical Specifications, and creates/processes requisitions for assigned projects and commodities to assure completeness, accuracy and conformance to requirements. Selects reliable sources in accordance with established business unit guidelines, requests bids as necessary, evaluates quotations and makes final supplier selection independently or in consultation with users and Manager.

  • Secure competitive quotations as required, and negotiates prices and services that support total cost improvement efforts, and contributes competitive supplies and materials to the overall company efforts. Continually works to maintain and manage Supplier relationships.

  • Issues purchase orders in a manner that assures the best combination of value, quality, delivery time, and price.

  • Negotiates, secures, and follows-up on supplier commitments that ensure timely deliveries of quality materials. Assures that suppliers satisfy all requirements and special terms and conditions of purchase. Ensures alternative supplier(s) are available in the event a primary vendor is unable to perform per specifications.

  • Maintains and provides complete and accurate status reports routinely or on request for all orders issued.

  • Prioritizes and follows up on material shortages and delays to ensure timely delivery and minimize production slow-downs or work stoppages.

  • Investigates and approves supplier invoice exceptions for payment by the Accounting Department in accordance with established procedures.

  • Coordinates and makes the necessary arrangements for processing discrepancies in supplied material, and makes the proper disposition of rejected items. Issues change orders to purchase orders as required on returned items and materials.

  • Maintains all purchase order, supplier relationship, and costing information on an appropriately confidential level.

  • Perform related purchasing functions such as computer input and issuing of purchase orders, and related correspondence; and associated clerical functions of filing, mailing and documentation control.

  • Independently trouble-shoots discrepancies pertaining to purchase orders, requisitions, supplier deliveries, prices, invoices, request for supplier quotations, quality assurance documents, contracts, or other purchasing/supplier related issues.

  • Performs day to day liaison and customer service activities with appropriate purchasing and internal personnel.

  • May as required be responsible for maintenance of all purchasing related fields on the part master and vendor master data files, and basic data information input.

  • Initiates corrective actions to ensure that assigned delivery schedules and/or material reservations are reflected in contract agreements.


Operates within general guidelines, but must use sound judgment and independent decision making when carrying out job responsibilities. Has the ability to influence and recommend modifying existing work processes. The buyer is held accountable for the profitable performance of his/her work. Failure to meet the expectations of the customer could result in significant loss of future business.



Foster on-going contact with both internal and external customers and suppliers. Maintaining and fostering supplier relationships.


  • Must understand the principles and practice of materials purchasing; database management information systems; inventory management; methods of identifying viable suppliers for a variety of products.

  • Must have strong negotiation skills.

  • Must have the ability to solve problems and work cooperatively with others when interests diverge.

  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.

  • Ability to use PC and software applications such as MS Office (advanced excel) and databases programs.

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities in an intense time-sensitive environment with frequent interruptions.

  • Skilled at negotiations to insure effective purchase agreements within budgetary constraints.

  • Must be able to exercise sound judgment, work independently, prioritize duties and follow through tasks to completion.

  • Must have the ability to handle competing priorities and deadlines effectively and respond well to last minute, high priority and time sensitive projects.

  • Must have knowledge of accounting, material/procurement and data processing systems.


  • High School Diploma or GED Certificate is required.

  • AA degree in business related field or equivalent work experience is preferred.

  • Minimum three (3) years of experience as a Buyer or Assistant Buyer, principally responsible for commodities involving machining, metal working, steel plate and shapes, electrical materials, and/or maintenance, repair, and operating materials and supplies in a medium to large size job shop environment.

  • Must have experience with cost/price analysis, bid analysis and analyzing market conditions.

  • Must have knowledge of accounting, material/procurement and data processing systems.

  • Must have experience with all phases of procurement cycle.

  • Must have experience with technically specified materials or services preferred.


CPM, CPIM, APP or APIC certification helpful.


Work is conducted in a dynamic, fast-paced office setting with moderate to loud noise levels from production activity in the shipyard. The individual may be required to be in production areas in yard and onboard ships. He/she must be able to walk to and from job sites. The person must be able to climb inclined stairways and vertical ladders and may be required to lift up to 20 pounds. He/she may be required to work more than 8-hour shifts and weekend work. There may be local travel up to 10% and out-of-town travel (including air travel) up to 5% of the time with notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While in production areas, will be exposed to all weather conditions, noise, dusts and odors. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Our goal is to provide a strong compensation package in support of industrial jobs that matter – to the local economy – and communities in which we operate.

To achieve this goal, Vigor’s total compensation philosophy will remain flexible and therefore, subject to periodic review and revision to assure it continues to be sustainable and that is supports the Vigor Code and Culture Values.

Vigor’s total compensation philosophy considerations include the following:

  • Objective is to attract and retain the best performers.

  • Base pay for positions shall be set slightly below market.

  • Base pay provided to individuals shall be determined in consideration of market data, internal equity, and overall job performance.

  • Annual cash compensation, which includes base pay and incentive compensation bonus, shall be target to be above market when the Company’s overall financial performance has been positive.

  • Encourage leadership and competency building by linking career development and individual performance to greater income earnings opportunities.

  • Employee health, welfare and 401K retirement benefits taken together are above market average provided overall company performance remains positive.

Vigor and its wholly owned subsidiaries provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veterans, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Vigor complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, benefits, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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