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ATS Company:  ATS Automation Tooling Systems
Requisition ID:  11099

Cambridge, ON, CA, N3H 4R7

Date:  Nov 10, 2023

Senior Buyer - Strategic Sourcing

Job Description


Reporting to the Strategic Sourcing Manager, the Senior Buyer Strategic Sourcing will work with divisional and corporate supply chain teams, and other stakeholders to identify and implement optimal sourcing solutions. This position requires experience in a fast-moving high mix manufacturing environment. 


Responsibilities include: 

•    Communicate with, evaluate, and approve suppliers to ascertain their ability to meet company requirements, goals, and objectives.
•    Negotiate prices, discounts, and delivery arrangements with suppliers.
•    Address long lead-time components through Blanket Orders, Supplier stocking programs or pre-buys as applicable.
•    Perform on-going reviews of product, service, equipment, and expense usage to identify new opportunities for cost savings.
•    Effective use of historical and other benchmarking data to ensure competitive pricing.
•    Manage cost containment, product standardization, supplier consolidation and benchmarking reports, and other supply chain management strategies that maximize value while ensuring that ATS standards are maintained or enhanced.
•    Act as a key resource for ATS staff by assisting in the research and development of products, service and equipment alternatives, initiation and follow-up of evaluations, requests for quotation and other day to day procurement.
•    Review part blueprints understand type of subcontract work required and choose optimal sub-contract suppliers.
•    Maintain a focus on vendor capacities to enable low-cost design and facilitate a collaborative working relationship between Design Engineers and Suppliers.
•    Create and negotiate various contracts with selected suppliers while exhibiting strong negotiating skills.
•    Drive continuous improvement and supplier development with respect to commodity differentiation, quality, service, and cost.
•    Identify and assist with Value Analysis / Value Engineering (VA/VE) initiatives to drive continuous improvement and cost optimization.
•    Research and recommend innovative technologies to support current and new business requirements.

Continuous Improvement:

•    Identify, lead, and complete up to medium-high complexity Continuous Improvement opportunities (e.g., Just Do It and Problem Solving) using a variety of Continuous Improvement tools.


•    A post-secondary diploma or degree in materials management or equivalent.
•    Supply Chain Canada (or equivalent) designation is an asset.
•    Manufacturing or Engineering education or experience is an asset.


•    3 – 5 years subcontract machined build to print subcontract purchasing experience.
•    Sound working knowledge of MS Office software (Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point, Teams).
•    Advanced knowledge of MS Office software including Excel - pivot tables & VLOOKUP + Power Point – presentations.
•    Ability to interpret engineering drawings is a requirement for this position.
•    Proven organizational and negotiation skills.
•    Excellent oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
•    Demonstrated problem solving and continuous improvement skills.
•    Demonstrated ability to lead initiatives on a cross functional team
•    Demonstrated strong analytical, organizational, exercise sound judgment and work without direct supervision in a team environment.
•    3-5 years of years of Supply Chain experience purchasing manufactured parts and experience with manufacturing processes and/or Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing/Mechanical/Industrial Engineering or Engineering Technology.
•    Six Sigma Experience is an asset.
•    JD Edwards or similar ERP systems – data mining and report generation.
•    Freight/Logistics experience an asset.
•    General knowledge of Manufacturing processes, drawings and specifications is an asset.

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