Job Description

Senior Buyer (Purchasing)
Louisville, KY, United States of America


Founded in 1919, Whip Mix manufactures Hanau™, Denar® and Whip Mix articulators, dental gypsums, investments, waxes, furnaces, mixing equipment and model trimmers for use in dental laboratories and dental offices and equipment. Whip Mix, headquartered in Louisville, Ky, is ISO9001-2008 certified and sells its products through distributors in over 80 countries and also maintains an office and distribution center in Dortmund, Germany.   Please review our website at and our Facebook page! We are an EEO employer.

Job Skills / Requirements

Job Purpose

The Sr. Buyer coordinates the procurement activities of materials, both direct and indirect, that support the manufacturing of all Whip Mix branded products and some Private Label products produced by Whip Mix.  The Sr. Buyer will negotiate contracts and agreements, issue purchase orders and develop supplier relationships that are consistent with all stated Whip Mix goals and objectives.  The Sr. Buyer will work with the supply base to ensure materials are delivered to Whip Mix at the correct price, quantity and time required to support all manufacturing requirements.  The Sr. Buyer must use industry accepted best practices as they apply to purchasing, materials management, inventory control and working capital management in order to achieve all Whip Mix goals and objectives (i.e. inventory turns, average days on hand, purchase price variances, etc.).

The Sr. Buyer will work in tandem with Engineering, Technical Services and Manufacturing in order to pursue continuous improvement activities in the sourcing of materials, product re-design, cost reductions and inventory reductions.

The Sr. Buyer works closely with Production Planning and may be responsible for some level of planning.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the team member. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Initiates, cooperates or participates fully as appropriate in using the team approach in solving problems and suggesting improvements that enables Whip Mix to live up to its mission and values.

Job Functions and Responsibilities  


Responsible for procuring all materials and services needed to support manufacturing requirements and needs of departments such as, Engineering, Research and Development and Technical Services.  Materials procured will include bill-of-material items, imported products, services and maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies.  The primary objective will be to purchase materials at the correct price with the scheduled delivery date, quantity and transportation means to ensure production and service goals are met. This also includes regularly analyzing open purchase orders to manage inventory and changes to production requirements.              <Essential>


Review current material offerings to look for opportunities to re-source with an objective of improved performance, quality and/or cost.                                                                   <Essential>


Leads and participates in new projects. Responsibilities will be to provide supplier/component knowledge, set up of new items, providing all required documentation and ordering of material. This includes Continuous Improvement initiatives companywide.                 <Essential>


Monitors all departmental and company metrics on an on-going basis to ensure that performance is in line with Whip Mix’s goals and objectives. These will include inventory levels, inbound freight expense, inventory turns, average days of inventory on hand, purchase price variances, etc. Cycle Count when required.    <Essential>


Creates purchasing specification, receiving inspection requirements and ISO 13485 supporting documentation as required. This will be done in cooperation with Engineering, Manufacturing, Technical Services and Research and Development.   This includes initiating    Change requests (CR) when appropriate               <Essential>


Handles any quality issues which occur in area of responsibility.  Actions might include working with supplier to have material returned for rework or credit, issuing a Supplier Corrective Action Request (SCAR) and insuring production requirements are covered.  Facilitates discussions between Whip Mix staff and suppliers as it relates to any and all issues associated with quality concerns.       <Essential>


Performs all other duties or functions as required.      <Supplemental>


Job Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, & Worker Characteristics  

  1. Must have proven ERP experience in a Manufacturing environment.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in Lean manufacturing principles, Process Improvement and Purchasing methodologies in a Continuous Improvement environment.
  3. Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation and production methods.
  4. Must possess critical thinking skills by using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  5. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, and have the ability to prioritize and accomplish daily workload without direct supervision.
  6. Strong attention to detail, along with, great time management and organization skills, is critical for handling the purchasing duties and multiple ongoing projects.
  7. Should be goal oriented and have the ability to accomplish set goals within a specific timeframe
  8. Must have the ability to quickly make decisions and be able to articulate reasoning behind the decision.
  9. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are needed to provide information to co-workers and suppliers by

Education Requirements (Any)

HS Diploma or GED

Additional Information / Benefits

Benefits Include: Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, 401k Plan, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability


Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan

This job reports to the Supply Chain Manager

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1