Applied Minds


Job Location US-CA-Burbank


We are seeking a Buyer who will report to the Director of Purchasing and work closely with company Co-Founders and Project Managers. This individual will source and buy 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 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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