Applied Minds

  • Buyer

    Job Location US-CA-Burbank
  • Overview

    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
    • Knowledge 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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