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Category Buyer II

La Grange, IL 60525

Employment Type: Permanent Job Category: Supply Chain Job Number: Ab783634229 Compensation: $75000-105000 / year

Job Description

Ask yourself: 
1. "Do you have a knack for understanding how things are made and figuring out the parts and components that are needed to do so?
2. Have you worked with critical machine parts on an Intellectual Property capacity?
3. Do you know Category inside and out and are able to come up with sourcing strategies?
4. Are you comfortable in a high volume and fast paced environment?
If you answered, “yes” to these questions, let’s connect!

Title: Category Buyer II

Location: La Grange, IL

Overview: Sterling has helped build careers for thousands for professionals like yourself. Our expert recruiters support you at every step in the process and as a Best of Staffing company, Sterling provides exciting work with exceptional employers across the U.S.

Hire Type: Direct Hire with beneftis from day 1 and almost 100% coverage! In addition to, 11 paid holidays, 2 weeks vacations, 401K, etc.

Job Summary: Position develops, leads, maintains, and seeks approval of sourcing strategies from functional management; continuously optimizes the Total Cost of Ownership; actively participates to the pre-bid and bid processes, up to Aftermarket phase; monitor supplier’s performance; resolves chronic problems regarding quality and supply; leads make/buy process up to approval from Senior VP.

Job Duties:

  • Negotiates price and terms with suppliers
  • Act with sense of urgency to cut purchase order on time
  • Initiates and implements cost reductions on supplier products
  • Develop new and maintains current qualified suppliers for assigned commodities
  • Procures quality material to support demand requirements
  • Establishes and maintains supply base with capacity/capability to support requirements
  • Troubleshoots to resolve issues relating to assigned vendors and their parts
  • Responds quickly to changing production and aftermarket customer needs
  • Coordinates execution of engineering changes affecting purchased material
  • Coordinates with Supply Chain to control inventory by lead times, lot sizes, MOQs, etc.
  • Monitors raw material/alloy trends, using this to manage part pricing to minimize cost
  • Negotiates settlement on material issues due to quality, scheduling, or other causes


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Engineering focus preferred
  • Experience of ERP systems and MS office product
  • Prior experience in direct purchasing of industrial products
  • Ability to interface with clients
  • SAP exposure
  • Ability to read (or learn to read) blueprints and understand basic Engineering documents
  • Experience with demand forecasting and inventory management
  • Ability to travel less than 25% domestically

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Meet Your Recruiter

Amy Badal
Technical Recruiter

Amy Badal is a seasoned Senior Recruiter passionate about connecting with individuals across diverse industries and various career stages. With an impressive 7-year tenure at Sterling, Amy has become an invaluable asset to the organization's talent acquisition efforts.

Amy's journey in recruiting spans over 11 years, during which she has acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field. Her fascination with working alongside people from different backgrounds and professional levels has driven her successful career.

As a Senior Recruiter, Amy thrives on collaborating with candidates and hiring partners in the railroad industry. She relishes the chance to contribute to their career growth and the overall success of the organizations she serves. Amy's ability to understand each individual's unique needs and aspirations allows her to make insightful and tailored placements that benefit both parties.

One of Amy's most valuable pieces of advice is never to burn bridges and always maintain high professionalism throughout the hiring process.

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