ZenSource has been retained by Applied Minds to help them identify a Senior Buyer. Applied Minds, Inc., a small company that houses the most creative engineers and designers inventing the most sophisticated prototypes in the world. We are an interdisciplinary group of artists, scientists and engineers, with skills in architecture, electronics, mechanics, physics, mathematics, software development, systems engineering, and storytelling. This leads to a very challenging but gratifying work environment.
The Opportunity: Senior Buyer
The Sr. Buyer will work as a team in a two person department sourcing and procuring unique, sometimes special order or one-of-a-kind high-technology equipment and supplies including Audio/Visual systems and components, multimedia development and display systems, machine shop equipment, theatrical equipment, automotive, electrical, optical, as well as computer hardware and software. Negotiate for best possible price.
Enter purchase orders into system, track requests, maintain database of reliable order statuses for project managers. Prepare purchasing reports, perform reconciliations. Review documents for accuracy and completeness. Successfully maintain relationships within the company will all levels of management and disciplines.
The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate will have hands-on experience in a fast paced environment, adept at quickly turning around requests for information regarding item specifications, pricing and availability. We work with suppliers all over the world and purchase highly specialized items in low volume. The successful candidate will be able to articulate our needs and speak intelligently with suppliers, sometimes collaborating over options for items that will likely deviate from a standard catalog offerings. This is not a manufacturing environment where the product has been fully defined so candidate must be open to constant challenges and changes that are ultimately very rewarding. Candidate must possess a high level of organization, follow through and excellent negotiation/communication skills.
What we need from you:
Minimum of 8 years of experience in purchasing. Talented at internet searches, locating best prices for uncommon items and services. eBay experience strongly recommended - some items we require are vintage/unusual nature. Purchasing experience in R&D, prototyping facilities or movie/theatrical productions ideal.
Must have solid experience with an automated purchasing system, Costpoint/Deltek a real plus as well as utilizing custom report features. Advanced Excel skills and general computer savvy also required.
Must love challenges, be eager to work in an open, evolving environment driven by creativity while upholding sound, ethical purchasing practices.
Must be a US Citizen, we have commercial and government related projects. If you hold/have held a security clearance it will be a plus.
Location: Glendale, CA
If you are interested in this position or know someone who is please contact:
Principal – Partner