Technical Buyer/ Sourcing Specialist

  • Lock Search Group is pleased to present an exciting opportunity to join a well-capitalized fast growing technology venture, that is poised to disrupt the energy storage industry. Our client is looking for a Technical Buyer/ Sourcing Specialist who will be responsible for procurement activities across the company with focus on Operations. The ideal candidate will reside in Toronto, Ontario.
     
    Our client is on an incredible trajectory, which is illustrated by many significant funding and award milestones that recognize its unique technology and strong business plan, including a recently closed Series A financing and various grants received through Breakthrough Energy Solutions Canada, Sustainable Technology Development Canada and California Energy Commission.
     
    This opportunity is ideal for a highly organized individual that derives great satisfaction for ensuring their organization operates smoothly and efficiently. The candidate should be highly resourceful and adaptable to the current volatile supply market. They should also be able to act quickly to source new materials for their always evolving technology development activities. This is an opportunity for an ambitious individual to create a robust purchasing system and build up a supplier partnerships for a company that is ramping up production.
     
    Overview of the position:
     
    The Technical Buyer/Sourcing Specialist will lead purchasing activities to support their manufacturing pipeline. This will include procurement of capital investments in production and battery test lab as well as raw material and semifinished goods used in the production of their cells. Negotiation experience with suppliers on cost lead-time and quality is needed to support their aggressive timeline and cost targets bring their novel technology to market.
     
    The successful candidate will also work closely with the engineering team and understand the requirements of the products to source alternatives when required. Additionally, they will play a role in liaising between their material and manufacturing service providers. An effective Technical Buyer will have project management skills to anticipate need and keep parts and material on their shelves on schedule for their production builds and specialty capital equipment purchases.
     
    What you will be doing:
     
    • Build and maintain relationships with their new and existing material and manufacturing service providers. Coordinate technical discussions between vendors and appropriate members of the staff as required to support purchasing decisions.
    • Track in-house inventory and purchase material, schedule, and follow up on delivery dates according to manufacturing and project timelines.
    • Set re-order thresholds based on projected demand and supplier lead-times.
    • Negotiate with vendors to achieve the best value considering price, lead-time, and required engineering specifications.
    • Build and maintain list of compatible alternative material part numbers and suppliers.
    • Manage shipping and receiving, and customs clearance for international transactions.
    • Build a system to accurately organize and document supplier quotes, purchase orders, sales orders, invoices, and receipts.
    • Research and recommend ERP systems appropriate to their current and future procurement needs.
    • Research and identify candidate suppliers for new capital equipment and new components. Author RFI/RFQ’s as appropriate and manage responses working with project leads to award orders to the most qualified vendors.
    • Manage efficient movements of materials between suppliers using 3rd party logistics companies to support production timelines.
    • Proactively manage supplier relations so that we preserve their capacity as needed to support timelines.
     
    The experience you bring:

    Required: 

    • Relevant diploma or degree in procurement, operations management, or logistics is preferred.
    • Engineering or Technical degree or diploma in Materials, Chemical, Mechanical, and/or Electronics knowledge is an asset.
    • 5-10 year of experience in purchasing supporting production and engineering.
    • Strong analytical and negotiation skills, with a keen attention to detail.
    • Highly organized, and able to maintain detailed, accurate documentation.
    • Excellent and persuasive English language skills – written and oral.
    • Value-conscious, both in time and financially. 
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office. Experience using ERP systems is an asset. 
    • Eligible to work in Canada. 
    An Asset: 

    • Advanced degrees are an asset.
    • Oversight and production planning for a CNC shop are considered an asset.
    • Experience with automated welding processes. 
    • Experience with epoxy potting processes. 
    • Experience with Battery, Hydrogen Fuel cells or high-volume automotive industry may be relevant. 
    • Experience sourcing internationally. Chinese language skills are an asset. 
    • Other Skills 
    • Naturally positive with a cooperative attitude. 
    • Motivated to strive and succeed in a start-up environment. 
    • Disciplined and hard working. 
    • Exceptional communications skills – oral, written, and presentation skills. 
    • High level of maturity, integrity and personal effectiveness. 
    • Personal accountability and commitment to achieving and exceeding goals and objectives. 
    If you’re an experienced Technical Buyer/ Sourcing Specialist who currently resides in Toronto, please apply in confidence for immediate consideration using the “Apply” button.

    Thank you in advance for your interest, only individuals deemed to have the skill set and experience to fit the role will be contacted. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada without sponsorship.
     
    Lock Search Group is a National Executive Recruitment firm with 11 offices in Canada and one in the United States, a staff of more than 30 Consultants and Associates, and expertise in 11 major disciplines. Our mission is to provide exceptional Recruitment and Consulting Services to clients and candidates. We apply our experience and expertise to deliver solutions with a personalized approach that focuses on clients’ needs and candidates’ goals.