Lubrizol Senior Buyer in Franklin, Wisconsin

Senior Buyer


The Senior Buyer is primarily responsible for forecasting materials requirements for both production and engineering needs and to maintain reasonable inventory levels to insure smooth manufacturing flow. Additionally, prepare, approve and issue purchase orders for materials, parts and services required for production, maintenance and engineering as required. Establish and maintain key supplier relationships and approved supplier performance records. Work with Quality department to determine key performance indicators for approved suppliers. Discuss defective or unacceptable new goods or services with users and suppliers to determine cause of problems and corrective/preventative actions as needed. Help lower costs and negotiate contract pricing with suppliers. Work with Accounts Payable to ensure accurate and timely payment of supplier invoices.


  • Order materials and services per negotiated terms as required, prepare, approve and issue purchase orders.

  • Forecast material requirements for production and engineering to maintain inventory and insure smooth manufacturing flow.

  • Work with the Quality department to establish new suppliers, maintain current approved suppliers, develop KPI’s for suppliers, track quarterly supplier performance, supplier performance issues, and maintain procurement files.

  • Work with Engineering and Document Control on the development of new projects including quotes for subcontractors and subcomponents, finding new suppliers for specialized services, assigning new internal part numbers and process changes for sub-contracted parts as needed. Act as liaison between Engineering and Quality for the development of purchasing specifications for subcontractors.

  • Work with Inventory and Accounting on accurate inventory levels, correct purchasing account coding, Accounts Payable questions as necessary and year-end inventory. Enter accurate subcontractor cost and standard inventory cost in QAD (or similar ERP system).

  • Train new hire personnel on purchasing procedures as needed.

  • Understand and follow the SOP’s pertaining to the specific area.

  • Understand and follow the Work Instructions pertaining to the specific area.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Observe and promote Company standards and policies on safety, quality and productivity

  • Assign project numbers for approved CAPEX projects and enter into ERP system for correct purchasing and account coding and accurate project cost compilation.

  • Assign internal part numbers for subcomponents and materials and enter into ERP system for correct purchasing account coding and accurate inventory receipts. Enter accurate unit of measurement conversions and supplier cross references for new parts and materials. Process the PCO for the new part number with complete documentation for Document Control.

  • Assign internal silkscreen numbers for custom silkscreens used in product manufacturing and enter into ERP system for correct purchasing account coding and inventory receipts. Process the PCO for the new silkscreen number with complete documentation for Document Control.

  • Review and approve Incoming purchase Specifications for Engineering changes directly related to new part numbers, material changes, subcontract changes or other changes that will directly impact the purchasing of the correct materials and subcomponents required for smooth manufacturing of the product.

  • Assign new supplier numbers and enter new supplier information into the ERP system. Work with Quality to develop and obtain all necessary documentation to approve new suppliers.

  • Maintain shared material list as needed in MS Outlook for use by Engineering and Sales personnel.


HIRING GUIDELINES : (To perform job successfully, and individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required/preferred).

  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university (Business, Supply Chain or Engineering preferred) or equivalent work experience. APICS/ISM/Supply Chain certification or willingness to complete APICS certification program (or equivalent) within two years of employment is preferred

  • Ten to fifteen years of progressive experience desired. Finished Medical device experience or silicone products background preferred

  • Experience with ERP systems including MRP (QAD or SAP preferred) as well as manufacturing process and procedures, and the ability to share this knowledge with others

  • Basic understanding of Purchasing/Inventory/Accounting/General Ledger/Accounts Payable concepts and how they are integrated and work together.

  • A team player that can relate to people at all levels of the organization and possess excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience in a manufacturing facility with significant exposure to a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions

  • Able to convert units of measurements, add, subtract multiplication and division

  • Blueprint reading (preferred)

Nearest Major Market: Milwaukee

Job Segment: Accounts Payable, Procurement, Logistics, Engineer, ERP, Finance, Operations, Engineering, Technology