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Buyer II / III (Onsite/Hybrid)

MSA, The Safety Company
Murrysville, PA 15668
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MSA, The Safety Company

Buyer II / III (Onsite/Hybrid)


Requisition ID: 2022-5747
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Global Supply Chain


For more than 100 years, our passionate mission of safety empowers us to protect lives.

MSA Safety is a global leader in the development of safety equipment and pioneering technology that helps protect people and facility infrastructures around the world. We are committed to providing the latest in innovative, best-in class safety solutions that feature integrated systems capability and allow our customers to return safely to their families and friends. Every day our customers place their lives in our hands. In response, we provide them with protection they can trust. It is gratifying to lead the way as a source of inspiration. Would you like to join our team of more than 5,000 employees world-wide dedicated to this purpose? We hope so.

The Northern North America Buyer performs a functional role in a regional setting to support a multisite purchasing service strategy for MSA. Specifically, this position will focus on the procurement of raw materials, semi-finished or finished goods and services from external sources of supply and will work to mitigate, or elevate where necessary, supplier quality, cost, and delivery issues. The incumbent is expected to pursue optimization of both cost of goods purchased and inventory availability through utilization of an organized approach that yields cost synergies, a focus on supplier management, and development of positive relationships with internal & external (supplier) stakeholders. The incumbent must demonstrate knowledge of ERP system/Material Requirements Planning and disciplined execution abilities within the purchasing function.


  1. Externally Procured Material Requirements Planning
  • Utilize ERP system to drive on-time, in-full delivery and continuity of supply through coordination and collaboration across the supply chain; optimize supplier delivery schedules and inventory levels by expediting or deferring material in accordance with changes in demand.
  • Otherwise utilize SAP inventory strategies as necessary to support the procurement lifecycle.
  1. Purchase Document Management
  • Utilize ERP system to effectively review and release purchase orders for the purpose of procuring raw, semi-finished and finished goods and services as necessary to support the business.
  • Engage in the creation and execution of schedule agreements or consignment structures as necessary.
  • Ensure acknowledgments and order confirmations are in place to minimize supply disruption.
  1. Master Data Integrity
  • Enable operational excellence through the control of master data relating to purchasing information. Includes but not limited to: supplier delivery lead times, purchasing information records, source lists, MRP-relevant material master views.
  1. Commodity Support
  • Responsible for cost control, achieved by supporting Sourcing on cost savings, supplier quality and development, and P2P optimization initiatives.
  • Communicate forecasts to suppliers.
  • Assist with New Product Development (NPD) or sustaining projects as required.


Special knowledge, skills and abilities required:

  • Proven ability to model disciplined execution following detailed standard work, maintaining a high level of attention to detail, driving efficiency, productivity and personal accountability.
  • Demonstrated innovative and technological mindset to ensure master data integrity and accuracy, seek out latest industry trends, road-map future technology and champion early adoption.
  • Sound ability to make data driven and analytical decisions by identifying trends and opportunities, making problems visible, and utilizing financial acumen to justify investments and influence decisions.
  • Proven success in challenging the status quo to drive continuous improvement promoting the use of root cause problem solving, valuing new ideas, inspiring others, and demonstrating effective use of change management principles.
  • Proven success in building partnerships, influencing others, and communicating effectively both in verbal and written form, seeking diverse perspectives, and strong emotional intelligence to enable cross functional collaboration.
  • Ability to prioritize personal development by modeling a growth mindset, demonstrating openness to feedback, and pursuing ongoing learning.
  • Ability to travel approximately 10% domestically.

Education and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain, Logistics, Business or related field
  • This position is available at two different career levels:
    • Level two: 2+ years of purchasing experience. The level with will focus on medium level spend and supply chain complexity through interactions with tactical to critical suppliers.
    • Level three: 4+ years of purchasing experience. This level will focus on high level spend and supply chain complexity through interactions with critical to strategic suppliers.
  • MSA experience required

Education and Experience Preferred:

  • ISM CIPS/CPSM and/or ASCM: CPIM/CSCP accreditation
  • Experience using SAP for material resource planning.
  • Advanced skills with Excel based on level of experience.
  • Experience in low volume / high mix direct material purchasing in a versatile manufacturing and distribution environment.
  • Experience with strategic supplier relationships and new product development (NPD) projects.

*Preferred candidate identified

MSA is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to providing a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. As such, it is MSA's policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of the person's age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, veteran's status, genetic information, political affiliation, disabling condition, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. MSA also makes reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to perform a job unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship.

If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation to assist you in navigating this career site, let us know.Contact Us MSA is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans.



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Posted: 2022-04-22 Expires: 2022-05-23

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