Buyer I in Bellevue, Washington at Sea-Bird Electronics

Date Posted: 10/4/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: SEA000239

About Us

Sea-Bird Scientific was formed in 2010 by the union of Sea-Bird Electronics (Bellevue, WA), WET Labs (Philomath, OR) and Satlantic (Halifax, NS) (wholly owned subsidiaries of Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR)). Through the combination of the Sea-Bird Electronics, WET Labs and Satlantic product lines, Sea-Bird Scientific is the world’s leading provider of advanced technology for oceanographic research. The Sea-Bird Scientific group of company’s design, manufacture and market oceanographic instrumentation and systems that enable the world’s leading scientists to push the boundaries of ocean knowledge. Sea-Bird Scientific works with a global network of international representatives and partners to serve customers in more than 30 countries around the world. Our dedicated team is comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests with a common goal of serving the world’s oceanographic community with leading edge technology and solutions. We offer an entrepreneurial environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at one of the Sea-Bird Scientific Company’s locations gives you access to a robust career development process and challenging "stretch" opportunities.

Sea-Bird Electronics is an EEO / AA employer.  Sea-Bird Electronics does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (sex), gender identity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.

For more information regarding our company’s, please visit the Sea-Bird Scientific website at 


Purpose of Position:

The Buyer performs all functions needed to ensure the lowest total cost of purchased materials, timely delivery, and high quality to support the site. The purpose is to balance the objectives of maximum product availability with strategic inventory plans. The Buyer I will be responsible for identifying, negotiating and implementing cost savings initiatives working with cross-functional teams. Strong project management and relationship building skills are critical to this position.

Essential Functions:
  • Places and maintains purchase orders to support manufacturing and MRO.
  • Negotiates with suppliers to ensure high quality, low cost, and favorable terms where possible.
  • Issuance of RFI’s, RFP’s and RFQ’s using best practices to identify best value
  • Understands and appropriately maintains the Kanban system.
  • Supports the management of supplier performance. Seeks continuous improvement opportunities with our suppliers.
  • Maximizes material availability to support production lines; expedites deliveries as necessary to support the internal customer.
  • Assist in resolving all issues involving discrepancies, receiving quality holds, and invoice discrepancies, which may hinder final payment to the supplier.
  • Demonstrates effective problem-solving skills by working independently and engaging appropriate cross functional teams to address vendor/part issues.
  • Maintains open lines of communication with suppliers for prompt resolution of quality or delivery problems.
  • Provides timely communications to all internal team members on the status of any supplier quality or delivery problems. 

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor's degree in related field and 2+ years of relevant experience in procurement and supply chain.
  • One (1) year manufacturing and MRP experience – electronics buying experience preferred.
  • Additional experience in planning, manufacturing, quality, or engineering disciplines desired.
  • Computer proficiency required in Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. 
  • Able to support supplier risk mitigation activities.
  • Detailed oriented.
  • Demonstrated high levels of verbal and written communication, human relation skills and reasoning ability.
  • Ability to effectively negotiate price, quality, and delivery schedules to maximize cost savings and supplier performance.
  • Full understanding of the legal aspects of purchasing and the ability to negotiate and manage contractual relations.
  • Excellent skills in multi-tasking, organization and prioritization of multiple projects.
  • Basic understanding of the Lean concepts and the ability to use supply chain management principles to support continuous improvement.
  • Regular and prompt attendance.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
  • Ability to see and hear well (either naturally or with correction) and speak clearly
  • Coordinate the movement of your eyes, hands or fingers
  • Physical requirements included: bending, sitting, squatting, walking, lift items overhead, and standing
  • Frequent computer screen, keyboard, and mouse use
  • Lift up to thirty (30) pounds periodically during your shift

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to sit. The employee may occasionally squat, turn/twist, or reach. The employee is constantly using hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, and computer keyboards. The employee is occasionally required to walk, stand, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, hear, and smell. 

The employee must occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 20 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

The work environment consists of an indoor, work or home office environment with good ventilation, adequate lighting, and low noise levels. 

The duties listed in job descriptions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check and possible credit history review.
Sea-Bird Scientific is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Danaher Corporation Overview

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