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Buyer at Kohler Co. in Portland, Oregon

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Job Description:


Location: Portland, Oregon


Use and advance your purchasing experience! Do you enjoy working in a dynamic cross-functional team environment? If yes, please keep reading!

In this role you will be responsible for purchasing and negotiating materials, equipment, and/or services from suppliers. This position prepares and evaluates supplier quotations and services to determine most competitive solution based upon a total cost of ownership. The Buyer is responsible for supplier quality and overall performance, while also establishing standard costs for purchased materials.


  • Familiar with a variety of purchasing concepts and procedures.
  • Proactive management of ERP system requirements to ensure on time supply.
  • Responsible for process adherence and on time delivery per specification.
  • Ensure on time delivery through follow-up on the status of purchase orders with vendors.
  • Maintain accurate system dates.
  • Communicate and update sales, merchandising and internal partners as needed.
  • Direct involvement and input in supplier performance management.
  • Perform negotiations and determine most competitive solutions. Independently conducts moderately complex sourcing projects.
  • Use of existing contracts with understanding of department initiatives and strategies.
  • Execute projects under leadership of purchasing department . Prepare sourcing data and reports for research on potential suppliers following established procedures.
  • Vendor identification and selection for product / services. Conduct reference checks, communicate supplier requirements, obtain and validate quote, first level negotiation and cost analysis.
  • Responsible for the implementation of functional initiatives and to coordinate with other departments and vendors to ensure requirements are met on time.
  • Uses experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.


An idea candidate for the Buyer position will have the following:

  • 2-5 years of direct purchasing experience or experience in a related field of Material Planning, Production Planning or Merchandising
  • College degree is preferred
  • Computer literate in Microsoft Office with at least intermediate Excel skills, experienced planning in an ERP \ MRP system, SAP a plus
  • Diversified commodity exposure, raw materials and services. International purchasing experience beneficial
  • Ability to work effectively in cross-functional team

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 .