172 – Buyer

Job Number: 172

Location: Nationwide

Industry: Electrical Power – Nuclear


The McLain Group represents a client, a supplier and fabricator in the conventional and nuclear power industry, with an immediate need for a Buyer. Our client offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits and promotes the development and success of their employees.

Under the direction of the Purchasing Supervisor and within assigned areas of responsibility, purchase materials, equipment supplies and services.  Identifies sources, interview vendors, maintains requisite files and records.  Trouble shoots and expedites as necessary.


  • Responsible for purchasing and negotiating materials, equipment and supplies from vendors.
  • Evaluates vendor quotes and services to determine most desirable suppliers.
  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices and procedures within a particular field.
  • Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals to perform a variety of tasks.
  • Works under general supervision.
  • Will work with experienced purchasers to learn about commodities, prices, suppliers and markets.
  • Will learn about the material requirements system and the inventory system the company uses to keep production functions working smoothly.
  • Increased buying-related responsibilities as position progresses.
  • Check orders going out and verify that shipments come in.
  • Reviews and evaluates properly authorized requisition, identifies sources and interviews vendor representatives; evaluates such criteria as quality, cost, conformance to specifications, availability, delivery, vendor performance, history, etc.
  • Reviews proposal form vendors and negotiates among acceptable bidders for contracts, keeping within budgetary limitations.
  • Maintains an assortment of records reflecting such information as vendor performance, price history and modification product quality and performance, inventory, etc.
  • Periodically evaluates recurring material order to determine pricing, service, etc. of vendors continues to be advantageous to the company.
  • Evaluates and investigates problems encountered by Productions, Quality Assurance and other departments relative to purchased materials, equipment and services.
  • As necessary, expedites and otherwise follows up on purchases to assure adherence to delivery schedules, changes in amounts, material specification, etc.
  • Reviews and checks vendors’ invoices, receiving slips, credit memoranda and other similar documentation.
  • As required, will provide leadership, guidance and assistance to departmental clerical employees engages in preparing purchase orders, checking of invoices and the filing and maintenance of records.


  • BS level education or equivalent experience in business and accounting areas.
  • 3 – 5 years’ experience in related area.
  • Must be detailed-oriented, highly organized, able to handle fast-paced high-stress environment.
  • Must show proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Must possess strong verbal and written communication skills.


  • CPM or APICS accreditation desirable.
  • Related commodity buying experience desired.
  • Familiarity with MRP, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Strategic Sourcing and ASME specifications.

To Apply for this opportunity:

For confidential consideration, please email your resume to bob.barron@themclaingroup.net


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Please note: Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

About The McLain Group:

The McLain Group specializes in providing top talent for a variety of positions in the nuclear power industry. We are experienced at identifying the right people to meet critical staffing needs as well as the right jobs to meet career objectives. We are committed to satisfying both clients and candidates. To learn more, please visit www.themclaingroup.net