Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the engineering, design, and manufacturing of advanced arc welding solutions, automated joining, assembly and cutting systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment, and has a leading global position in brazing and soldering alloys. Lincoln is recognized as the Welding Expert™ for its leading materials science, software development, automation engineering, and application expertise, which advance customers' fabrication capabilities to help them build a better world. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln Electric is a $4.2B publicly traded company (NASDAQ:LECO) with over 11,000 employees around the world, with operations in 71 manufacturing and automation system integration locations across 21 countries and maintains a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices serving customers in over 160 countries.


Location: Fort Collins - United States (US)
Pay Range: ($53,801.00 - $99,915.00)
Target Bonus: 5.0%
Req ID: 24846 



Position Summary: Responsible for managing relationships with suppliers for direct and indirect goods and services.  Previous experience desired in buying or purchased product planning.  The role includes executing purchasing requirements sourced by the Senior Buyers or from the corporate centers-led programs.  Quoting and procuring MRO and non-strategic requirements for the location, while collaborating with the local management team and corporate centers-led management group.


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Owns their respective suppliers’ performance and related corrective actions necessary to meet and improve our operational performance
  • Works closely with other departments to identify, evaluate, and develop qualified suppliers for assigned purchase requirements
  • Participates in local management meetings, gaining a better understanding of the immediate priorities locally while communicating progress
  • Manages external supply risk associated with supplier selections, including alternative sourcing strategies, inventory safety stocks, and supplier inventory programs (examples: VMI, Consignment, and other solutions to minimize risk)
  • Improves Working Capital (WC) through stocking programs, extended payment terms and utilization of established Supply Chain Financing (SCF) program where appropriate
  • Considers cost variables when selecting suppliers during the sourcing process (examples: logistic selections, title transfer, INCO terms, training, technical support, payment terms, pricing, lead times, order quantities, warranty, liabilities, and other factors based on specific budget and schedule requirements)
  • Serves as member of cross-functional project teams to implement the most cost-effective value for procurement alternatives
  • Establishes purchased material Standard Cost and provides forward guidance to expected cost variances. Communicates supply cost factor changes on a monthly basis while recognizing the importance to quoting and overall profit performance of the company
  • Prepares and manages Requests for Quotation, Information, or Proposals (RFx) of local sourcing requirements
  • Provides suppliers with forecasts and production schedule information as needed
  • Engages in Continuous Improvement (CI) process for operational improvements of assigned procurement processes, including improvement in SAP transactions, master data accuracy, and implementation of new business systems related to S2P processes
  • Gives close attention to detail and policies for supplier onboarding requirements (e.g. NDA to protect all intellectual property, tax documentation, vendor-master data collections of banking accounts, terms, and contact information)
  • Other tasks assigned as a valued member of the organization


Desired Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years in a related procurement role with a bachelor’s degree; previous years of experience and professional referrals considered in lieu of education requirement
  • Thorough working knowledge of purchasing policies, processes, and procedures for a publicly traded company
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as Part Prints, Bills of Material, Manufacturing Routings, and Job Order Forms
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, analysis, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong computer proficiency with experience using Microsoft Office Suite and SAP or similar ERP
  • Knowledge and experience using consumption-based and forecast-based planning methods
  • Ability to prioritize work and adapt your work schedule to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrate a strong attention to detail
  • Previous procurement experience in an ISO-9001 or equivalent Quality Management System (QMS)



  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management or business, or technical degree; other education considered with demonstrated equivalent years of experience in a similar role


Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics 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 individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. Repetition with activity; computer work.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • ISO-14001: Complies with ISO 14001, and other relevant standards. Supports, implements and understands the intent of the EMS policy. Participates with ISO-14001 as required.


We are proud to offer our full time candidates a comprehensive benefit programs which include:


  • Health Insurance with HSA and FSA options
  • Student Loan Debt Repayment
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Short and Long-Term Disability Coverage
  • 401(k) with a Company Match
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Time
  • Bonus


Participation in any of the benefit plans and programs made available to employees/candidates meeting eligibility requirements. Lincoln Electric Automation Inc., reserves the right to amend or terminate any benefit plan or program at any time in accordance with applicable law.


Lincoln Electric is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to promoting equal employment opportunity for applicants, without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including, but not limited to, lactation), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.


Nearest Major Market: Fort Collins
Nearest Secondary Market: Loveland

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