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Goshen, IN, US

REQ ID:  42806

With over 80 years as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day approximately 8,700 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated $2 billion in revenues in fiscal 2022. Learn more at Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.



Position Description:  The buyer/CSR is responsible for oversight of discretionary order placement and obtaining materials, components, and equipment at the lowest cost consistent with quality and urgency of need.  The position coordinates the activities with manufacturing unit to maintain inventory at the planned level.  Position receives requests for quotations, orders, and lead times from customers.  Makes quotations on standard items, writes orders, and relays pertinent order information to customers. The position reports to the Site Business Manager.


Essential Functions:

1.Maintain purchasing policies and procedures and provide interpretation

2.Provide source selection support and ensure competitive bidding to all procurement requests for goods and services

3.Resolve quality and commercial issues with suppliers

4.Process requisitions and purchase orders for supplies; research products; clarify specifications; document implemented cost savings projects

5. Receives, researches, and answers customer inquiries and requests regarding accounts, products, prices, and services offered

6. Follows up on customer inquiries and research to ensure satisfactory completion

7. Remains current on changes in policies, procedures, and product offerings

Typical duties and tasks:

1.Maintain pricing and vendors to ensure immediate and accurate access to information

2. Prompt and efficient processing of customer orders, inquiries for price and delivery, and service or technical problems

3.Reconcile price and quantity discrepancies between invoice and purchase order

4.Interfaces with all departments and resolves problems and issues regarding purchase items to ensure customer satisfaction

Qualifications and Experience:

1.BS Degree or equivalent on-the-job experience

2. Demonstrated tact, courtesy, and exceptional telephone skills

3.Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of organization, vendors, and sales representatives; ability to resolve conflicting interests and obtain cooperation

4.Demonstrated computer proficiency, including MS Office; SAP experience a plus

5.Extensive knowledge of warehouse and inventory control policies and procedures

6.Ability to make logical, cost effective purchasing decisions using solid forecasting and analytical skills

7.Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of changing situations under time constraints and stress

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Office environment;  no substantial exposure to environmental hazards

2. Ability to work independently and make decisions

3.  When in non-office areas of facility, PPE may be required, i.e. steel toes and safety glasses


This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" relationship.


The responsibilities and tasks outlined in this document are not exhaustive and may change as determined by the needs of the company.


Kennametal Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. As such, it is the policy of Kennametal Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, or other protected status, group, or characteristic under federal, state, and/or local law or regulation. It is Kennametal Inc.'s policy to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

Nearest Major Market: Elkhart
Nearest Secondary Market: South Bend

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