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Senior Buyer - Automation Components & Assemblies

Wauseon Machine and Manufacturing

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Posted on 01/23/2024


Wauseon, OH


The Senior Buyer is responsible for buying electrical components, mechanical assemblies, and other automation components, equipment, and accessories.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Oversee sourcing for the following spend categories: mechanical assemblies, conveyors, power supplies, cable assemblies, OEM products, connectors, labels, robots, PLC/HMIs, and other hardware related to robotic assemblies or control panel builds.
  • Collaborate with Engineering and Program Management from the concept stage through completed design to ensure component selections are available through contracted manufacturers.
  • Develop sourcing strategies based on cost, quality, lead-time, and technical considerations to support business requirements and drive improved supply chain performance.
  • Create RFQs, review and analyze quotations, and compare interchangeable component/service options from suppliers.
  • Assess supplier capabilities and qualifications for new product developments focused on quality, delivery, cost, service, and global presence.
  • Continuously seek and identify opportunities for value creation, risk reduction, and new technology/products to improve competitiveness.
  • Drive supply chain programs with outsource partners that will maximize material availability and minimize inventory exposure.
  • Create and manage purchase orders to ensure that the suppliers are delivering on time and communicate changes to the business.
  • Provide direction and supervisory oversight for administrative staff who support the buying activity for the mechanical and electrical components category.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, supply chain management, or business or 10+ years of electrical/mechanical component buying experience.
  • 5+ years of experience in a senior buyer or equivalent position in the industrial automation space.
  • Advanced knowledge of electrical/mechanical equipment and robotics.
  • Ability to interpret engineering drawings and schematics.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams.

Desired Soft Skills: **

  • Exceptional in-house and external communication and liaison skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills.

About Us:

Wauseon Machine specializes in Precision Machining, Custom Robotic Automation, and Tube Forming Technologies. We are on a journey to improve overall performance through the pursuit of operational and business process excellence. Our mission is to be an outstanding employer, conduct all business with integrity, and be a positive influence in the communities where we live and work.

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Wauseon Machine is a FANUC Robotics Level IV Authorized System Integrator, Certified Service Provider, and Certified Vision Specialist. We build both small and large robot cells and systems which are designed, built, and programmed entirely in-house. We are authorized to provide warranty and repair of FANUC robots, making us a “one stop shop”. Applications include assembly, inspection/testing, machine tending, material handling, material removal, dispensing, and most custom applications.

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