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Senior Buyer

Date: Jan 5, 2021

Location: Lebanon, TN, US, 37090

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. As a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation is at the center of the trend. We are a $3 billion company with over 140 years of history and more than 16,000 employees. Our emphasis is on hot water and clean water; we are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment as well as a supplier of water purification products in a number of emerging countries.


With manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, we have the reach to serve customers worldwide. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement and maintaining a culture that values and respects our employees.  


Lochinvar, a subsidiary of A. O. Smith, is a national leader in the manufacture and distribution of high efficiency condensing boilers as well as residential and commercial water heaters, and pool heaters. Headquartered just east of Nashville in Lebanon, Tennessee, we offer our customers an innovative product portfolio that delivers unmatched quality, performance and application flexibility.

Primary Function

This Senior Buyer is responsible for strategic purchasing projects through the development and maintenance of strategic supplier relationships utilizing advance procurement techniques and systems to maximize annual cost savings and efficiency.


  • Works with Commodity Team to develop long term supplier agreements with strategic suppliers and develop cost savings realization
  • Manages complex commodities with knowledge of Trade Compliance (customs and import requirements) and overseas supplier management
  • Participates in Project Management with Engineering and Commodity team for new releases and redesigns for smooth transition to production
  • Maintain planning parameters for purchased materials in alignment with inventory and commodity goals for operations
  • Analyze and action planner messages per purchasing processes and procedures
  • Confirm timely and complete receipts according to production requirements. Approve/obtain approval on invoices as needed
  • Measure and monitor supplier performance in areas of on time delivery, cost of poor quality, and purchase price variance
  • Drive root cause analysis and corrective action when suppliers are non-compliant in any area
  • Maintain optimum inventory levels to support production and inventory turn objectives; review inventory levels systematically and in warehouse
  • Work cross-functionally with quality, planning, inventory control and receiving to resolve issues


  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Must have a proven track record of team participation success
  • Commodity-based purchasing experience with U.S. and International suppliers is desired
  • A bachelor's degree is required or equivalent experience and CPM/CPIM certification
  • Must have a minimum of 3 years of related work experience and training in a manufacturing environment
  • Must have ERP experience; SAP experience is a plus 
  • Must be computer literate and proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Fluency in other languages such as Spanish, Italian, German or Polish is a plus

We Offer

Competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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