Share this Job

Job Title:  Senior Buyer


Huntsville, AL, US, 35803

Business Unit:  Abaco Business Unit
Posting Date:  Nov 9, 2022
Job Description: 

Position Overview

Abaco Systems is looking for a Senior Buyer to join our team here in Huntsville! Strong candidates will demonstrate strategic and tactical thinking, coupled with strong communication, project management and planning skills. Candidate must be self-driven, detail-oriented, and comfortable with ambiguity. A proven track record of driving cost reductions, implementing continuous process improvements, creative thinking, and a quality mindset is required.


Company Overview

Abaco Systems is a global leader in commercial open architecture computing and rugged embedded electronics. With more than 30 years of experience in aerospace & defense, industrial, energy, medical, communications and other critical sectors, Abaco’s innovative solutions align with open standards to accelerate customer success.

Abaco Systems is a business unit of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with 2021 sales of more than $5.5 billion.


Role Responsibilities
•    Create purchase orders for the acquisition of materials/services
•    Determine methodology to process requisitions based on dollar amount, deadlines, existing open contracts, and/or competitive bidding
•    Research, interview and negotiate with suppliers to obtain quotes, lead time to product specification
•    Coordinate expedites with vendors, as need arises
•    Interface with Engineering and Project Management staff to solve commodity/component challenges
•    Identify market trends in commodities and escalates potential risks to the appropriate parties
•    Serve as liaison between vendors and finance to resolve financial challenges, and other issues as they arise
•    Work hand in hand with Quality Management Team to prepare vendor performance reviews, and resolve non-conformance's
•    Negotiate contracts and review bid proposals within budgetary limitations and scope of authority to ensure that statutory bid requirements are met
•    Perform analysis of purchased materials and services and make recommendations regarding volume agreements for procurement of common stock and services
•    Maintain procurement records such as items or services purchased, cost, delivery, product quality or performance, and inventories
•    Prepare reports as requested, to enable financial analysis of all facets of business operations
•    Provide feedback on drop dates for completion of projects in support of team members
•    Exhibit familiarity with standard purchasing concepts, practices and procedures
•    Rely on experience and sound judgment to accomplish goals
•    Perform a variety of complicated tasks
•    Maintain a creative, flexible attitude and be able to make decisions with a moderate to high degree of latitude
•    Other duties as assigned


Additional Responsibilities
•    Plan multi-level electronic assembly production requirements using ERP system; SAP strongly preferred
•    Create, maintain, and close manufacturing production orders, as needed
•    Perform materials related transactions, as needed
•    Act as a resource, answering questions and assisting with solving production order/ERP problems raised by other departments
•    Review, approve/reject, and implement engineering change orders, deviations, etc.
•    Communicate and track critical shortages that will delay shipments
•    Understand and follow ESD guidelines for handling electronic product
•    Willingness to work overtime, as needed


•    Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
•    Minimum 5 years of experience with electronic commodities/MRO/Service Contracts
•    Minimum 7 year computer experience or training with MS Office software
•    Strong understanding of ERP systems, manufacturing processes and inner-workings
•    Excellent organization and communication skills
•    Ability to work independently
•    Quality conscious and must have attention to detail
•    Proven problem-solving skills
•    SAP experience
•    Experience working with a fast-paced, cross-functional global team


Abaco is a Department of Defense (DoD) supplier and as such employees may work with or be exposed to controlled information that may only be seen or handled by US citizens or qualified permanent residents. 

AMETEK is committed to making a safer, sustainable, and more productive world a reality. We use differentiated technology solutions to solve our customers’ most complex challenges. We employ 18,500 colleagues, in 30 countries, that are grounded by our core values: Ethics and Integrity, Respect for the Individual, Diversity and Inclusion, Teamwork, and Social Responsibility. AMETEK (NYSE:AME) is a component of the S&P 500. Visit for more information.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Individuals who need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process should call 1 (866) 263-8359.

Nearest Major Market: Huntsville