Buyer II

National Oilwell Varco Inc Houston , TX 77020

Posted 1 week ago


  • Reviews requests for assigned materials, parts and/or services and verifies specifications. Sources components or services and ensures timely preparation and communication of RFQ (Request for Quote).

  • Corresponds with or interviews approved suppliers to obtain price, specifications and delivery information. Analyzes and evaluates bids to determine optimum value.

  • Negotiates price, quality and delivery, and terms, selects supplier and places purchase orders while assuring compliance to local and Corporate Operating Procedures and Ethical Code of Conduct.

  • Expedites delivery of items by contacting vendors and shippers to ensure that merchandise, supplies and equipment are forwarded on specified shipping date.

  • Ensures that a PO is created correctly (Vendor info, material, currencies, quantity, etc.), follows up any issues related to PO creation

  • Will assist with qualifying and auditing suppliers to ensure their capabilities meet our requirements

  • Leads the commercial/economic negotiations

  • Works with Materials Management to evaluate inventory supply and reordering, lead time requirements, and expiration dates

  • Train staff on submitting purchase requests

  • Track purchase order status by reviewing daily activity reports and resolves any past due orders, invoicing errors or interruptions in supply

  • Assists other departments with problem resolution involving discrepancies between purchase order, delivered quantity, quality and/or price.

  • Develops and maintains supplier relationships on an on-going basis. Tracks computerized procurement records of items or services purchased, costs, on-time delivery, quality and performance. Evaluates supplier performance and recommends additions or deletions to the approved supplier database. Identifies and qualifies new suppliers.

  • Works with operations and quality to establish product integrity, performance and delivery measures to be used in evaluating supplier performance in assigned area.

  • Supports category manager of an assigned category in the implementation of sourcing plans and tactics to effectively manage the assigned portfolio and associated activities

  • Identifies cost savings opportunities and assists in developing innovative approaches to supply chain management to achieve yearly cost reduction targets set by executive team. Participates in setting objectives for projects

  • Coordinate contract agreements between suppliers and NOV with collaboration with Procurement Manager/Supervisor

  • Comply with all NOV Company and HSE policies and procedures

  • Participates in Budget reviews and works with Finance team on setting cost standards for parts

  • Develops supplier KPI's and tracks performance

  • Works with Engineering to understand technical requirements needed for procured parts and collaborates and works with suppliers to ensure these requirements can be met

  • Works with Commercial and Plant Operations teams in reviewing forecast and operations plans to ensure purchasing of goods and services are planned accordingly to meet demand.

  • Escalation of complex issues to Procurement Leader

All other duties as assigned


  • A minimum of 2-5years of experience with a working knowledge of procurement methods and procedures and processes with bachelor's degree. In lieu of degree, 6 years of experience required.
  • APICS or CPM certification preferred; must have willingness to obtain if not certified
  • LEAN / Six-Sigma Green Belt Certification preferred; must have willingness to obtain if not certified


  • Buying experience of raw materials and machine parts preferred

  • Familiarization with manufacturing and service environment

  • Strong professional relationship building skills, and ability to interface across the entire enterprise (Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality, PM&L, Trade Compliance, Accounting, etc.).

  • Strong data analytical skills and capability of understanding technical documentation and standards (machine drawings, material specifications and classifications, etc.).

  • JDE knowledge and experience preferred, but ERP experience a necessity.

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