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Buyer (Relocate to Virginia Beach)


Innovative Procurement/Buyer Opportunity!

We are seeking a buyer to have a role in coordinating the procurement of multiple, complex components, and parts in order to support new product development. 

Position Highlights:

  • Impact – Opportunity to impact the bottom line through value-based cost saving measures for our Iconic Brand of Products!
  • Innovation – We are seeking an individual that can identify areas of supply chain improvement, supplier development, etc.
  • Complex Spend – assist in the procurement of multiple complex components with experience in developing low cost country and/or U.S. dollar stable sourcing regions.
  • Recognized leader - Rated #1 in industry and one of America’s Great Brands.
  • Cool Products – If you are into Power Equipment, what an opportunity to assist in procurement of components required to manufacture/sell cool products!  



Position Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for coordinating the procurement of components and parts in order to maintain proper levels of production and operation. 
  • Supports research and assists development of competent suppliers of high quality components by preparing bids, proposals, or other informational requests that contain material specification and supplier operational data.  Analyzes requested materials, assessing financial stability and manufacturing capabilities of suppliers. Assesses material efficacy of parts against R&D specifications to determine viability of parts or different materials in large volume manufacturing.
  • Maintains positive relations with existing suppliers through thorough communications of STIHL philosophy, material requirements, and pricing objectives.  Contacts suppliers regarding material problems, such as delayed receipt, poor quality, wrong items, etc., and resolves issues.
  • Assists with supplier visits to review and analyze operations, and check quality, evaluating short-term and long-term ability of suppliers to meet STIHL expectations.
  • Works with other department personnel, such as Production, Quality Assurance, Engineering, etc. to rectify defective or unacceptable goods or incorporate technical needs into future bids and proposals Works with or supports higher level Procurement Buyers or Managers with more complex problems.
  • Reviews and analyzes procurement requirements in MRP (Material Requirement Planning), monitoring inventory levels, reconciling inventory levels with planning schedules, and placing orders to maintain inventory levels.
  • Schedules deliveries to maximize inventory needs, following up on deliveries by communicating with suppliers, determining excess and obsolete material and making recommendations on disposition of such items, and negotiating with suppliers on consignment inventories.
  • Maintains records and documentation pertaining to past activities, order specifications, supplier specifications and performance histories, etc. and provides information to management as needed. 
  • Works with Accounts Payable to ensure timely payment of conforming materials received and return/rework of materials that are defective.  Approves invoices for payment.


  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree in related discipline (Engineering and/or Supply Chain preferred).
  • Minimum of 1 years’ experience in similar position.
  • Experience using SAP/similar software; as an MRP system.
  • Preferred knowledge of strategic sourcing process, i.e., A.T. Kearney Step Process etc.
  • Nice to have - fluency in German language.





EOE/ Drug Free Workplace

*A majority of STIHL gasoline-powered units are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components. "Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2017 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.