Applied Minds




Founded in 2000, Applied Minds draws on the talents of nearly 150 employees and a network of subject matter experts to innovate by melding art, design, science, and engineering. We help organizations ask the right questions and then provide unexpected, yet powerful solutions. With a passion for inventing the future for our clients, we bring together brilliant and creative people from numerous disciplines into multidisciplinary teams to work on projects such as autonomous systems, command centers, modeling and simulation systems, robotics, spacecraft, UAVs, user experiences, vehicles, and more.


Equipped with outstanding tools and technology, collaborative spaces, an art department, and advanced fabrication and prototyping facilities, we work in an informal, creative environment that blurs the lines between disciplines.


If you have exceptional talent and passion, join Applied Minds and help us create for the ages.


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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