Senior Buyer
Kohler Co.

Bristol, Pennsylvania

Senior Buyer 

Location:  Bristol, PA


Are you someone that thrives in a fast paced environment while juggling multiple priorities? Do you have a background in purchasing? If so, consider applying for our Buyer position in our Bristol, PA Manufacturing Plant.

Under the direction of the Supply Chain Manager, Robern you will be responsible for purchasing and negotiating materials, equipment, and/or services from suppliers. Prepares and evaluates supplier quotations and services to determine most competitive solution based on total cost to business. Familiar with a variety of purchasing concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Leads sourcing projects and supplier performance reviews.


  • Drive the sourcing process to secure goods/services to ensure competitiveness and to limit risk of Robern:
    •  Review purchase requirements with internal customer(s) to develop business need
    •  Recommend alternative material or methods based on knowledge of market availability
    •  Obtain supplier quotations/proposals on prospective purchases
    •  Review bid proposals, quotes and make recommendations
    •  Set standard costs annually
    •  Negotiate supplier agreements with awareness of the cultural, geographic, and political environment
    •  Ensure timely planning and receipt of components to prevent production stoppage
    •  Expedite goods and services if needed and follow-up on major orders to ensure proper handling and delivery
  •  Drive the supplier approval and management process by
    •  Identifying and maintaining direct contact with suppliers
    •  Visiting facilities as a team member to conduct supplier assessments with respect to business practices, quality of operations, opportunities for continuous improvement
    •  Supporting resolution of quality, warranty and service issues with suppliers
    •  Execute continuing total cost reduction programs (payment term, supplier stocking programs, and quality performance improvements)
    •  Maintaining ongoing supplier performance data for periodic internal/external review
    •  Directing regular supplier performance reviews and development of improvement plans
  •  Maintain required records such as quotes and price lists, blanket order file, supplier correspondence, contracts, and purchasing metric dashboards
    •  Review bid proposals or quotes and make recommendations
    •  Work with the Legal Dept to draft contractual terms and conditions to insure business needs are met and with consideration of business law and intellectual property
  •  Review engineering notifications and drawings covering areas of responsibilities. Interact with category teams, supplier quality, materials management, engineering and operations


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Purchasing, Operations, Supply Chain, Engineering or applicable field, WITH a minimum two years of purchasing or sourcing experience.
  •  Strong Excel skills
  •  SAP experience is preferred
  •  Exposure to overseas, international trade compliance is preferred.
  •  Procurement experience  with a  manufacturing company is preferred
  •  Basic ability to be able to read and understand the engineering drawings and translate/communicate with the vendor is preferred

Applicants must be authorized to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future.

Why Work at Kohler Co.?

Kohler Co.'s mission is to contribute to a higher level of gracious living for those who are touched by our products and services. We understand that it takes investment in our associates' development to make that happen.  So, we offer ongoing investment in each individual's personal development and the opportunity to collaborate with others across functions and roles at Kohler.  

In addition to the investment in your development, Kohler offers a benefits package including a competitive salary, health, vision, dental, 401(k) with company matching, and more!

About Us

Beyond the competitive benefits and compensation, Kohler proudly offers a rich history, steeped in creativity and a commitment to our associates and communities.  We invite you to learn more about our culture and company at

It is Kohler's policy to recruit, hire, and promote qualified personnel in all job classifications without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability or veteran status.  If, as an individual with a disability, you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact  Kohler Co. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  

We invite you to learn more about equal employment opportunity by reviewing the Federal EEO is the Law and the EEO is the Law Supplement .

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