Purchasing Assistant

Date: May 5, 2022

Location: Reno, NV, US, 89521

Company: Lincoln Electric


Lincoln Electric Cutting Systems, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric, is the manufacturing headquarters for both Torchmate® and Vernon Tool® branded product lines. We manufacture CNC plasma cutting machines for two distinct markets: pipe profiling (Vernon Tool), and plate cutting (Torchmate).

Req. ID: 21102 




Position Summary

We are seeking a reliable, motivated, and hardworking Purchasing Assistant to join our team. Under general supervision, the candidate will be responsible for managing relationships with suppliers of goods and services. Activities include developing purchasing strategies and execution of purchasing plans for intercompany, 3rd party direct and indirect good and services, as well as supporting continuous improvement of costs, quality, and delivery.


Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with other departments to identify, evaluate, and develop qualified suppliers
  • Create requests for quote and purchase orders for indirect and direct materials and services as well as vendor managed inventory
  • Create stock transfer requests and orders as required for intercompany materials
  • Negotiate best vendor terms, pricing and delivery based on specific budget and schedule requirements
  • Secure purchase order acknowledgements and delivery dates and follow-up on late purchase orders to resolution
  • Research price and condition discrepancies with suppliers to resolve issues
  • Collaborate with Accounts Payable and vendors to resolve invoice exceptions and ensure suppliers are paid on-time
  • Provide suppliers with forecasts and production schedule information as needed
  • Report key purchasing metrics and take corrective actions where necessary to align performance to targets
  • Create and maintain purchasing master data in SAP for suppliers and purchased materials including replenishment and planning data and department documents (W9, W8, NDAs, Contracts, Certificates, SIS, etc.)
  • Identify and execute cost and working capital reductions by working with existing and new suppliers
  • Participate in cross-functional teams, including Production and New Product Development teams
  • Other tasks as assigned


Education and Experience

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Thorough working knowledge of purchasing policies, processes and procedures preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years purchasing related experience or have demonstrated knowledge and/or skills to complete the job
  • Ability to read product specifications with a good understanding of product quality standards
  • Knowledge of consumption-based and forecast-based planning methods
  • Knowledge and ability to negotiate with vendors
  • Knowledge of SAP preferred
  • APICS certification preferred
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated ability to perform effectively as a team player and to carry out assignments accurately
  • Ability to prioritize work to meet deadlines
  • Excellent organizational skills
  •      Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate a strong attention to detail
  • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays when required to complete a project or company objective


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. 

  • 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. 
  • Work environment:  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.


Lincoln Electric is a $3.2B publicly traded company (NASDAQ) with over 11,000 employees around the world.  With operations in over 56 manufacturing locations in 19 countries, we are well positioned to continue this partnership and poised to grow with our customers. As a part of that continuing legacy, you will contribute to a new generation of innovation and experience the pride that comes with being part of the solution to the world’s challenges.  It is a great time to be part of the welding industry!


Lincoln Electric does not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters.  Resumes submitted to any employee(s) of Lincoln Electric without a signed vendor agreement, by the Manager of Recruiting & Training, will become property of Lincoln Electric.  Verbal or written commitments from any other member of Lincoln Electric will not be considered binding terms.  Lincoln Electric will not pay a fee to any third-party recruiter that has not coordinated their recruiting activity through the Recruiting Department.


Employment Status: Hourly Full-Time 
Function: Supply Management 
Section:  Lincoln Cleveland (US10) 

EOE, including disability/veterans

Nearest Major Market: Reno
Nearest Secondary Market: Tahoe

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