Senior Buyer

Cox Enterprises Atlanta , GA 30301

Posted 2 months ago

Cox Media Group is seeking to fill the role of Sr. Buyer within the Procurement department. This position, located in Atlanta, Georgia, will be responsible for sourcing goods and services across several different categories. The successful candidate will professionally and effectively maintain relationships with both vendors and with staff across departments necessary to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the procure-to-pay (P2P) process. The Sr. Buyer will identify, analyze, negotiate and execute opportunities to leverage the buying power of the company. He or she must be able to go beyond the basic purchasing role to assist department management in analyzing spend as it relates to metrics which address departmental goals, challenges, efficiency and effectiveness. The ideal candidate will be able to work independently while taking the initiative to communicate progress with co-workers and department management. He or she must have a high energy level and the ability to successfully balance his or her focus on executing the purchasing process, providing technical training and instruction to employees, and preparing analytical reports for management. The ideal candidate will have strong people and customer service skills and a proven track record of process improvement and project management.

Responsibilities

  • Negotiate contracts, improve prices and terms of business with suppliers and review opportunities to make business savings utilizing negotiation and procurement best practice tools and methods

  • Procure goods and services meeting requirements for timeliness of delivery and standards of quality

  • Apply strategies and techniques to help ensure superior pricing, reduced costs, and business terms for the company

  • Develop creative and innovative procurement processes

  • Participate in company wide projects and provide insight into supply chain strategies

  • Assist in the development and use of appropriate strategies for identifying and working with key supplier partners and fulfillment vendors for both existing and new products thereby optimizing the total supply chain

  • Provide feedback to key suppliers via quarterly Business Reviews or Scorecard

  • Work with vendors or accounts payable to resolve errors in partial or duplicate shipments, prices, substitutions, and units of measure on the invoice as compared to units of measure on the purchase order

  • Proactively engage the field to fill the pipeline of Procurement initiatives

  • Work with identified stakeholders to fulfill their Procurement needs (RFx's, MSA's, SOW's, etc)

  • Assist with approval and vetting of new suppliers

  • Monitor contract reports and taking necessary actions, identifying & contacting stakeholders regarding term, renewal, or RFx's

  • Provide assistance and backup to other Buyers & Procurement team members

  • Assist with special projects as assigned

  • Manage various reports and able to scrub, merge as necessary to report needed data

  • Ensure compliance of company purchasing policies and procedures

  • Assist with management of Supplier Diversity Program

Interface Requirements

He or she will partner with vendors and internal colleagues at all levels who are involved in or impacted by the P2P process to ensure the timely sourcing and order of goods and services, as well as resolution of issues that may delay on time payment of vendor invoices. Individual will work as part of an integrated team to meet daily, weekly and monthly production goals.

  • A two to four-year Bachelors degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or related field is preferred.


  • 2 to 5 years experience in purchasing which includes developing specifications, formal bidding, and identifying sources of supply


  • 1 to 2 years accounting experience desirable


  • Contract management experience preferred


  • Oracle or equivalent ERP System experience preferred


  • Strong Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint Skills


  • Team player who works well with both inter- and intra-departmental staff


  • Ability to solve complex problems


  • Ability to adapt quickly to changes in priority and to multi-task


  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills


  • Self motivated with high energy level


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to provide an "outside the box" approach to the sourcing function

  • Ability to objectively manage supplier relations for assigned commodities or functional areas.

  • Ability to manage multiple workstreams effectively.

  • Thorough understanding of the P2P process and the roles of other departments in the process

  • Sound judgment and strong organizational skills

Physical Demands

Normal office demands: sitting for long periods of time, use of computer, phone, fax, copier and other office equipment, some light lifting may be required.

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