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Senior Project Buyer

at Karl Storz

Posted: 1/23/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 10414

Job Description

Stafford, TX

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Employment Duration:
Employee Full Time

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KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG based in Tuttlingen, Germany, is a family-owned, global company committed to benefiting humanity by advancing medical technology through innovation and education.

For more than 70 years, KARL STORZ has been dedicated to earning its international reputation as a leader that designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets all its products with an emphasis on visionary design, precision craftsmanship, and clinical effectiveness.

The Project Buyer sources, negotiates and purchases goods and services, such as raw materials, equipment, tools, parts and supplies for all new development project work in line with budget, schedule, quality and technical project requirements while ensuring that any procurement activity complies with applicable laws and regulations, as well as the company’s purchasing strategy.

In collaboration with the project team, the project buyer acts according to the existing and appropriate sourcing and commercial strategy for the procurement of materials/equipment/services.

The role will ensure feasibility and coordinate handover of new materials to operational purchasing post product release and in support of continuous sustaining efforts.


  • The project buyer manages competitive sourcing processes as required: develop, issue, and manage RFPs, RFQ, RFIs, etc.

  • The role will work closely with strategic buyers and procurement management in the broader global organization to leverage existing vendors when possible for sourcing activities

  • Technical lead in the identification, development, and qualification and validation of current and new suppliers

  • Research and evaluate suppliers based on price, quality, service, support, availability, reliability, production and distribution capabilities, and the supplier's reputation and history and fit with KARL STORZ business objectives

  • The role will expedite supplier responses and serve as the single point-of-contact for supplier questions during project period to harmonize and complete bid tabulations with recommendations

  • The project buyer will drive analysis and decisions of make-or-buy

  • Negotiate best prices and conditions with suppliers within budgetary limits and scope of authority, manage contractual negotiations in line with legal recommendations and facilitate meetings or proposal clarification meetings with suppliers and project personnel to ensure alignment

  • Prepare, issue and manage purchase orders and supplier acknowledgements in SAP for correspondent area of responsibility, ensuring governance requirements are met at all times

  • Provide purchase order status updates as required; ensure all relevant information is received to maintain SAP records

  • Review materials labeling and packaging strategy with purchasing, SQE/QM, Inventory, Production, Master Data, Distribution, Sales & Service

  • Demonstrate quality of deliverables (i.e.: commercial bid evaluation, recommendations to purchase) and cost savings.

  • In alignment with the Project Team, maintain relationships with key suppliers to provide maximum utilization of their expertise, ideas, methods, market intelligence, best practices and material application in order to achieve the best value

  • Participates in providing supplier performance feedback: Discusses defective or unacceptable goods or services with supplier quality engineer and quality control personnel, users, vendors, and others to determine corrective action


  • Works closely with Engineering to understand product component/service requirements and cost goals

  • Understands technical, electrical and mechanical requirements and designs to effectively manage sourcing, design transfer and prototyping discussions with vendors

  • Able to use technical tools and documents for Engineering Design Transfer

  • Able to ensure cost target fulfillment while maintaining the integrity of the original Engineering Design

  • Assists in the identification of critical dimensions and features of supplied products

  • Assists the purchasing section head and the procurement team on the preparation of reporting and KPI measurement (e.g. savings report)

  • Maintains multiple sources and vendors for procurement of material with optimized lead times and back up sourcing options

  • Lead vendor negotiations, using support from engineering in order to identify and qualify new product and / or replacement components

  • Purchase the required quality merchandise at the lowest possible landed cost and in correct amounts / times

  • Analyze price proposals, financial reports, and other data and information to determine strategies that meet the project’s goals and objectives

  • Monitor shipments of prototypes on time delivery and resolve problems related to undelivered goods

  • Confer with staff, users and vendors to discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services and determine corrective action

  • Use, maintain and review part status list (computerized) of items purchased

  • Perform financial/commercial analysis (market intelligence, cost breakdown structure, benchmark…) of the current scenarios, identify risks and opportunities and recommend options that can drive the final decision to purchase

  • Escalate issues with strategic vendors and promote areas for improvement to supplier quality engineering

  • Ensure proper communication with internal/external stakeholders to ensure all parties are promptly informed

  • Use correspondent tools for price comparison, make or buy and material group strategies

  • Coordinate overall evaluations with project clients; Liaise with bidders, suppliers, and other internal stakeholders (supplier qualification, engineering, project team, Legal, Risk, etc.) as required


  • Maintains the highest level of ethical and professional standards of conduct as a representative of KARL STORZ organization.

  • May serve as a delegate to the purchasing manager as required

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Effectively share knowledge with procurement network and with project teams

  • Provides onboarding and training support, mentoring and development of team

  • May serve as a recognized expert on a specific category or categories of supply

  • Will spend part of his/her time as a member of continuous improvement teams undertaking projects and seeking ways to improve the quality of OR1 products and services

II. Minimum Knowledge, Education and Skill Requirements



 Minimum years of relevant work experience: 5 year experience as buyer or equivalent

Minimum education, certifications and/or credentials: Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field

Minimum hard skill requirements (including computer and application proficiency):

  • Strong SAP experience or equivalent MRP system

Minimum soft skill requirements:

•     Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, designing forms and spreadsheets, and other office procedures and terminology.

•     Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

•     General knowledge of economic and business accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

•     Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

•     Active listening, learning, and expert written and verbal skills are required.

•     Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

•     Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

•     Manage one’s own time effectively.

•     Bring others together and try to reconcile differences.

•     The ability to tell when something is wrong or likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.


Preferred years of relevant work experience: 8 years’ work experience

Preferred education, certifications and/or credentials:  Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Engineering, Mechanics or other relevant discipline;

Preferred hard skill requirements: SAP software experience

Preferred soft skill requirements:

•     Provide information to supervisors, co-workers, and peers by telephone, in written form, email, or in person.

•     Use computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to set up functions and transactions, enter data, or process information.

•     Observe, receive, and otherwise obtain information from all relevant sources.

•     Effective and professional communication with internal and external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or email.

•     Develop specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, accomplish, and report status of work.

•     Develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with internal and external sources, and maintaining them over time.

•     Analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

•     Compile, code, categorize, calculate, tabulate, audit, or verify information or data.

•     Monitor and review information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess paperwork.

III. Essential Function


Must be able to maintain productive working relationships and treat fellow employees with respect.

Has contact with: Other departments and vendors    
Physical requirement/Demands: Extended periods of sitting and computer data entry
Mental requirements/Emotional Demands: Ability to adapt and demonstrate flexibility in dealing with changing priorities and work situations.

Interpersonal and communication skills:

  • Verbal and written communication

  • Negotiation Skills

  • Critical Thinking Skills

IV. Core Requirements

Degree of accountability: Generally managed
Degree of decision making: Diversified tasks          

Financial/Budgetary: Limited to less than $1M costs and $5M revenues
Safety: Adhere to KARL STORZ Safety protocols
Quality: Adhere to KARL STORZ Quality Management System
Supervision: Does not supervise others

Travel: Up to 10% Travel during the year

Employee Benefits Program Overview for U.S. Locations

  • Medical / Dental / Vision including a state of the art wellness program and pet insurance, too!*
  • 3 weeks’ vacation, 10 holidays plus paid sick time*
  • 401K retirement savings plan providing a match of 60% of the employee’s first 6% contribution
  • Section 125 Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life, STD, LTD & LTC Insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $5,250 per year
  • Fitness reimbursement up to $200 annually
  • Employee referral program of up to $2,000 per hire
  • And much more!

*Field sales, internships and part-time employees are not eligible except for where required by state law.
Non-employees, including temporary workers and consultants, are not eligible to participate in KARL STORZ benefits program.

KARL STORZ reserves the right to change or modify the employee’s job description whether orally or in writing, at any time during the employment relationship. Additionally, KARL STORZ, through its supervisors, may require an employee to perform duties outside their normal description within the sole discretion of the supervisor. Employee must comply will all applicable KARL STORZ policies and procedures.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. KARL STORZ is an Equal Opportunity Employer supporting EOE/M/F/Vet/Disability.

Reasonable Accommodation

If, at any point in the application process (including hiring), a candidate would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability or a religious need, please email us at Taleo_Administrator@karlstorz.com and we'll be happy to engage in an interactive process with you.

Notice to Employment Agencies

This recruitment assignment is being managed directly by KARL STORZ’s Human Resources team. Human Resources will reach out to our preferred, contracted agency partners in the rare instance additional talent options are required. Your respect for this process is appreciated. KARL STORZ does not accept unsolicited Agency resumes. Resumes received which were unsolicited by KARL STORZ Human Resources department will be ineligible for referral fees.