Senior Buyer/Commodity Manager

Date: Nov 29, 2022

Location: West Chester, OH, US, 45069

Company: Dover Corporation

Connecting and Protecting People, Microwave Products Group (MPG) is a leading global provider of mission-critical engineered electronic components and subsystems comprised of four business units in five manufacturing locations.  Our brand names are recognized globally including:  BSC Filters, York, UK; Dow-Key Microwave, Ventura, CA; K&L Microwave, Salisbury, Maryland and Dominican Republic and Pole/Zero, West Chester, OH.

Our expertise is the design and manufacture of communications-based specialty products – engineered components and subsystems – for demanding military, space, commercial aerospace/industrial, and telecom infrastructure applications where function and reliability are crucial.




Position is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing assigned Dover and Pole/Zero purchasing category strategies.  These strategies must reduce the total cost of materials and services, reduce overall supply base risk, and support supply base performance improvements.



  • Prepares bid packages, conducts bidder conferences, analyzes and evaluates proposals, negotiates terms and conditions, selects or recommends suppliers, writes awards, administers resulting subcontracts, and expedites orders when necessary
  • Confers with suppliers and analyzes supplier operations to determine factors that affect prices and determine the lowest cost consistent with quality, reliability, and ability to meet required schedules
  • Participates in developing negotiation strategy and skillfully utilizes techniques to achieve negotiation targets
  • Works with various functions within the company to select suppliers and establish alternative sources of supply
  • Administers and manages supplier contracts to ensure compliance externally and internally
  • Monitors and adjusts purchase orders to maximize quality and service level while minimizing inventory
  • Keeps abreast of market trends, changes in business practices in the assigned commodity, and new or altered types of materials
  • Tracks cost savings, cost avoidances, and cost increases
  • Assist in the transition of new products from product development to the manufacturing process by working with program management
  • Participates in selection of suppliers who have the ability to meet delivery, quality, and cost requirements; integrating suppliers early in the design process; and eliminating barriers with suppliers that would negatively affect the manufacture of the end product
  • Must respond to daily ERP message notifications to ensure continuity of part supply
  • Reacts to daily shortages, ERP reschedules, and adjusts purchase orders accordingly
  • Assures balance of supply and demand to meet customer’s expectations
  • Generates purchase orders (discrete, consignment, blanket) through the ERP system
  • Manages system attributes to ensure data integrity
  • Processes RMAs on a daily basis
  • Complies with all quality policies while continuously identifying opportunities for improvement
  • Resolves delivery and/or quality issues through problem solving and supplier performance improvements
  • Indentifies and eliminates non-value added steps using lean methodology
  • Promotes continuous improvement culture by identifying opportunities for improvement and applies proven tools in implementing sustainable fixes




  • Ability to lead teams and positively influence peers and other cross-functional teams
  • Energetic and self-motivated
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Sound knowledge and application of negotiation skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Solid knowledge of supply chain requirements, systems, supplier development, and process improvement
  • Skilled talent must have the ability to:
    • Read and interpret mechanical specifications/drawings
    • Meet time-sensitive deadlines
    • Prioritize and multi-task in a team oriented culture
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected
  • Position will have proven communication and organizational skills, be computer literate; proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; Exceptional use of Excel and applicable manufacturing software knowledge
  • Working knowledge of all business cycle concepts and functions required in the area of purchasing, accounts payable, production flow and materials management
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability and skill to manage/lead supply chain projects at the OpCo and corporate level
  • International procurement experience including general knowledge of Import/Export compliance, a plus
  • Six Sigma experience/certification a plus
  • Familiarity and experience purchasing items with highly technical specifications a plus
  • Understanding government flow-downs including Federal Acquisition Regulations and Defense, Federal Acquisition regulations, a plus
  • Ability to understand government contracts and translate, summarize and relate to company policy/procedure, a plus





To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in supply chain related field from an accredited four-year college or university required and 5 years of defense industry related procurement experience OR a minimum of 10 years of professional procurement experience, preferably in an aerospace manufacturing environment
  • CPM/CSCP/CPIM and/or a minimum of 10 years of professional procurement experience preferred
  • Expert level use with Microsoft Excel required
  • Experience with ERP software required
  • A strong understanding of lean principals that are applied to the supply chain is required
  • Must be a US person (US Citizen or Permanent Resident-Green Card Holder)




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Stand, walk, and sit throughout the day
  • The employee must occasionally lift and /or move up to 50 pounds




The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, extreme cold, and extreme heat
  • Moderate noise level in the office area
  • Required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment when in restricted manufacturing areas



  • Normal work hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday with an alternate option of a 9/80 schedule with every other Friday off, if preferred
  • Lunch period is one hour per day, unpaid
  • Occasional travel may be required


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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

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