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Title:  Senior Buyer


Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEIS), enables design breakthroughs and drives growth for leading semiconductor and industrial customers. Our precision power and control technologies, along with our applications know-how, inspire close partnerships and innovation in thin-film and industrial manufacturing. We are proud of our rich heritage, award-winning technologies, and we value the talents and contributions of all Advanced Energy's employees worldwide.



This position performs variety purchasing assignments for standard Production, Engineering, New Product Development and Key Supplier Management for the CSC Division of Advanced Energy.



  • Coordinates purchasing activities with manufacturing and repair departments to acquire inventory in a cost effective and timely manner.
  • Acquires and maintains technical understanding of products purchased.
  • Obtains materials using Request For Quote (RFQ), negotiation, price analysis, cost analysis techniques, and places Purchase Orders (PO).
  • Maximizing material availability while minimizing inventory by using materials management tools such as MRP, Schedule Agreement, JIT, ABC analysis or other custom supply solutions.
  • May manage raw material inventory turns.
  • Develops a good working knowledge of materials and sources of supply to make purchases at prices consistent with quantity and quality requirements and within established standard costs.
  • Monitors the cost, schedule and scope of assigned suppliers to assure highest quality at best value.
  • May recommend cost saving proposals including make-versus-buy analysis, alternative sourcing, step pricing for volume discounts, and vendor evaluation criteria. 
  • Manages tactical Purchasing activities such as expediting material shortages, past due PO’s,  open PO’s, PO confirmations, RMA’s, Receiving/Purchasing related issues,  Accounting/Purchasing related issues.
  • Coordinates ECO activities with suppliers
  • Issues and coordinate Sales Orders activities with suppliers
  • Manages supplier On Time Delivery (OTD) performance
  • Establishes good working relationships with suppliers and internal customers.
  • Other duties as assigned



Works in standard office environment which is normally fast paced.  Uses general office equipment (phone, PC copier, fax machine etc.). Travel may be required infrequently, mainly consisting of day trips but could include overnight travel.



  • Excellent organizational and negotiation skills.
  • Flexibility to handle changing conditions.
  • Excellent self-motivation skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Multi-task skills
  • Good PC skills, including Excel, Word, MS Standard Office
  • Good understanding of SAP and the ability to apply to manufacturing processes
  • Understanding of fundamental purchasing processes.
  • Good negotiation Skills
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Ability to maintain a professional rapport with support groups and peers while achieving results.



  • Experience in a fast paced, high mix/low volume purchasing environment
  • Previous experience in electronics purchasing strongly desired



  • Four year degree in Business Administration/Material Management or equivalent education and/or experience
  • CPM or CPIM Certification desired



As part of our total rewards philosophy, we believe in offering and maintaining competitive compensation and benefits programs for our employees to attract and retain a talented, highly engaged workforce.  Our compensation programs are focused on equitable, fair pay practices including market-based base pay, an annual pay-for-performance incentive plan, and discounted Employee Stock Purchase Plan. 


In addition to our competitive compensation practices, we offer a strong benefits package in each of the countries in which we operate.  In the U.S., we offer a rich benefits package that includes:


  • Medical - 4 different health care plan options, dental, and vision
  • Short and long-term disability and life insurance
  • Health savings and flexible spending accounts
  • Generous paid time off starting at 4 weeks, 7 holidays and 3 floating holidays
  • 8 Hours of paid volunteer time off
  • 8 weeks of paid parental leave for both Moms and Dads
  • Company matched 401(k)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Expanded mental health coverage and employee assistance programs  
  • Other voluntary benefits include pet insurance, identify theft, legal assistance, critical illness, and voluntary accident insurance


Advanced Energy is committed to diversity in its workforce including Equal Employment Opportunity for Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities


Job ID - 25287


Nearest Major Market: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto