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Our client manufactures and distributes specific cutting tools utilized in many industries. They are a medium-sized extremely successful, high growth manufacturer located in Irvine, CA, and they have an immediate opening for a JR. SOURCING SPECIALIST to oversee its supplier base, cost structure, and procure materials and services for their continuous improvement program. This is an excellent opportunity for a dedicated Sourcing and Purchasing professional with Kaizen and Lean Manufacturing skills to join a growing, dynamic and extremely successful organization.

- Local Candidates Only-

REQUIREMENTS:
- Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.
- Minimum of two years experience as a buyer, preferably in a manufacturing and distribution environment.
- Knowledge of sourcing methods, injection molding, metal stamping, tooling, heat treating and various other manufacturing processes and analysis.
- Strong ERP system and Excel skills.
- Knowledge and experience in Lean Manufacturing, Kanban and pull systems.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Find local suppliers for new products, machinery and equipment, automation equipment, repairs and maintenance services, metallurgy, heat treating and raw materials to ensure adequate production capabilities and inventory levels exist to meet production and sales.
- Analyze existing supplier base to identify opportunities for cost reductions and alternative sources. Since many of their finished goods are from the Pacific Rim, an understanding of this supply chain and lead times, Customs and the Harmonized Tariff System is desired.
- Solicit RFQs from suppliers to obtain cost savings, alternative suppliers, and new suppliers.
- Identify areas of opportunities and risks to focus on cost savings.
- Negotiate vendor contracts and pricing.
- Drive supply chain cost reduction, monitor material, and commodity markets as well as establish standard costs and drive supplier performance improvement.
- Identify and implement departmental process improvements.

SPECIFIC MEASURE OF JOB PERFORMANCE:
- Find new domestic injection molding and metal stamping suppliers that can rapidly and economically produce tooling and manufacture our new and existing products.
- Obtain multiple local sources for immediate machine maintenance, die maintenance, metallurgy, heat treating and automation services to drive our continuous improvement program.
- Analyze, identify, formulate and execute a program for material cost reductions.
- Assist and play a key role in the plant operations continuous improvement program.
- Reduce delivered price for MRO and supply items.

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