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Buyer - Aftermarket

KION North America

KION North America

Accounting & Finance
Summerville, SC, USA
Posted on Friday, December 22, 2023
Responsible for the procurement of service parts to replenish inventory safety stocks and fulfill emergency purchase orders for assigned suppliers. Develops and builds supplier networks and relationships to achieve desired cost, quality, and delivery targets. Supports the overall product support team by positively impacting inventory fill rates and decreased time to fulfill backorders. Has the ability to identify and implement new sources of sources of supply with minimal direction. This role is located in Summerville, South Carolina.

What we offer:

  • Career Development

  • Competitive Compensation

  • Comprehensive Employee Benefits

  • 401k Plan with Generous Company Match

Learn More Here: https://www.kion-na.com/about_us/careers/

KION North America is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Analyzes and reviews planned and released purchase requisitions for accuracy prior to placing both replenishment and emergency orders based on SAP system and customer requirements
  • Identifies cost savings opportunities by sourcing new suppliers/components or re-sourcing existing components and tracks savings annually against departmental Key Performance Indicators
  • Updates and monitors SAP system with accurate and timely purchasing and delivery information to provide precise data to the KION customer base
  • Works to expedite past due or open orders in a cost-effective manner to better serve the KION customer base
  • Communicates delivery information to the Customer Service team and responsible material planners
  • Supports freight forwarder(s) for all import shipments, to insure proper material classification and customs compliance
  • Work with suppliers to resolve receiving discrepancies and coordinates freight claims recovery
  • Identifies cost savings opportunities related to volume adjustments / volume pricing and vendor delivery information
  • Seeks to provide a positive customer service experience with both internal and external customers and suppliers
  • Takes the lead on departmental lead on the procurement of indirect and other materials outside of the spare parts scope as needed

Tasks and Qualifications:


  • 3+ years experience with supply chain and customer service concepts in an aftermarket distribution center environment
  • Experience with MRP/ERP systems; SAP preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills with suppliers and vendors
  • Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in preparing and entering information
  • Validated skills in managing multiple concurrent issues, prioritizing workloads, critical thinking, and problem solving

Education / Licenses:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain, or a related area preferred