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Kaman Corporation Buyer IV in Wichita, Kansas

Purchases materials, supplies and services at the most favorable terms for the organization. Qualifies vendors, evaluates bids, and negotiates prices and terms for purchased goods and services. Tracks purchases, monitors vendor quality, and maintains a current database of vendor information.

  • Provide Suppliers COB’s to Cost Estimating for inclusion within proposal submittal

  • Works with the estimating department to ensure the proper pricing is added to the company’s bid to customers.

  • Develops a high quality, reliable and cost efficient supplier base with flexibility to meet the ever-changing requirements of the company.

  • Selects sources and procures all raw materials, fixed assets and tooling, production materials and services needed to meet the needs of the business and all its operations and services.

  • Negotiates with vendors for the purchase of all materials, supplies, equipment and services used, ensuring we are getting the best quality product or service at the best competitive cost possible.

  • Reviews competitive bid information and authorizes the placement of orders with suppliers for a broad scope of materials and services.

  • Evaluates proposals, negotiates prices and/or subcontract provisions, selects suppliers, analyzes trends and establishes price objectives – as required to support production.

  • May administer subcontracts and assist in the development of subcontract policies and procedures.

  • Expedites delivery of critical items with suppliers; obtains and forwards information relative to meeting deliveries or negotiating new deliveries.

  • Evaluates supplier costs, delays, quality, etc. and makes recommendations for improvements, as required.

  • Assists in the development of purchasing strategy concerning negotiations, planning and improvement implementation plans.

  • Prepares data on which top management bases important decisions, working with confidential data of major importance where disclosure may be detrimental to the company’s interests.

  • Works with quality and engineering pertaining to purchased material issues (i.e. rejections, etc.).

  • Works with accounting personnel concerning invoice issues.

  • Creates production orders for “Make to Stock” requirements from production orders.

  • New contracts for scheduling and MRP requirements.

  • Closely reviews terms and conditions in all agreements involved in the purchasing process.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Business Administration, or business-related field.

  • APICS Certificate preferred.


  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in manufacturing purchasing/buyer position is preferred.

  • Composite experience is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond quickly to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

  • Ability to work with Microsoft Office and other manufacturing MRP systems.

  • Ability to perform basic and more complicated mathematic fundamentals – add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

  • Positive customer service and ability to work with others in a team setting.

  • Ability to operate effectively in a time-sensitive environment in order to meet deadlines.

  • Ability to travel as required.

  • Ability to develop request for quote packages and solicit price and integrated schedule information from supplier.

  • Ability to read and interpret provided Engineering and blueprints.

  • Ability to develop small business plans as needed.

  • Ability to provide substantiated and auditable buyers estimates and escalation factors.

Job Posting Title: Buyer IV

Job ID: 2022-7122

Name: Kaman Aerospace

Name: Shift 1

Street: 1650 S McComas St

Post End Date: 6/30/2022