Valmont Industries, Inc. Buyer in Tulsa, Oklahoma

801 N Xanthus Tulsa Oklahoma 74110-4949

Why Valmont

Welcome to Valmont, where a world of opportunity awaits. When you join our team, you become part of a passionate group dedicated to changing lives and conserving resources around the globe. We want problem solvers who roll up their sleeves to foster progress and innovation for all people. At Valmont, we provide infrastructure, irrigation, tubing and coatings to the world. We strengthen cities. We nourish croplands. We design, manufacture and coat. Our products and services make a difference. Join us, and BUILD YOUR WORLD.

A Brief Summary of This Position:

This is an individual contributor position responsible for procurement of assigned items, planning, coordinating and reviewing activities related to an assigned divisional commodity, and inventory management with the goal of satisfying customer requirements. The Buyer commits funds, makes strategic business decisions and operates as the liaison between the assigned business and procurement of those commodities. This Buyer is accountable for inventory levels of raw materials and will use existing tools, or create queries, to assist in the management of such as well as participating in company objectives (Lean) and continuing professional development. This position is performed with minimal direct supervision. The Buyer generates quotations, expedites and places purchase orders according to existing strategy and previously negotiated prices in addition to sourcing potential new suppliers. On assigned items, all Engineering Change Notices, invoicing discrepancies, shortages, quality issues, inventory analysis and supplier analysis will be handled by this employee.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for making effective and timely decisions to resolve material shortages in production

  • Achievement of outstanding internal customer satisfaction and maintenance of relationships between the supply base and Valmont Industries, Inc.

  • Responsible for efficiently and economically ensuring the timely delivery of purchased material for divisional production and related support functions consistent with divisional inventory policy

  • Responsible for preparing Return Goods Orders and the disposition of rejected material to closure

  • Responsible for maintaining a professional working relationship with suppliers, Engineers, Production Control, Marketing, Manufacturing and other Purchasing personnel

  • Resolves problems related in invoicing receipts, acknowledgements, material shortages, delinquencies and certifications with vendors, divisional and corporate personnel

  • Coordinates Engineering Change Notices for items purchased affecting new or existing materials in order to ease transition and manage inventory levels

  • Interprets MRP output to create purchase orders (P.O.) for assigned items and verifies supplier receipt of the P.O.

  • Expedites delivery of past due or moved-up purchase orders for specified suppliers – records any date revisions in system

  • Contact suppliers to resolve shipment discrepancies or quality issues

  • Provides metrics and delivers scorecard data collaborating with suppliers regarding quality, on-time delivery, costing & customer experience performance

  • Obtain quotations for new items from approved suppliers

  • Negotiate process changes with supplier that will result in lower purchase prices

  • Analyze on-hand levels, reorder levels, and reorder quantities for assigned items, making necessary database changes or recommendations to correct problem items

  • Analyze delivery issues and adjust database as required for assigned items

  • Devise purchasing procedures to improve service and/or reduced cost

  • Ability to work outside in all seasons and tolerate various elements within plant such as dust and fumes

  • Ability to climb stairs and wear necessary PPE in production facilities

Other Important Details about the Role:

  • Provides sourcing assistance in meeting needs of production in the case of a major shutdown.

  • Assist Accounts Payable in timely credit/debit reconciliation

  • Act as a backup for other Buyers

  • Develop a deeper understanding of production requirement data and how to properly respond to the stated requirements

  • Participate in Lean initiative events such as inventory carrying costs, Kanban, consignment, floor stock

  • Assist Corporate Purchasing in supplier consolidation efforts

  • Conduct studies of material costs and supplier services and recommend change in cross-train Associate Buyers for job specific functions (Drop Ship Orders, Off-site Orders, etc.)

Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Preferred Bachelors in relevant field or Associates Degree with 3+ years of experience or 5+ years of relevant quality experience.

  • Professional work experience with contract management and negotiations

  • A strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Outlook

  • The ability to travel domestically up to 5% of the scheduled work time

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications:

  • Five (5) years of experience in a purchasing/supply chain role

  • Previous experience in sales, operations, operations planning, master scheduling, production planning, inventory control or production control within an MRP/ERP environment

  • One year of purchasing experience within a manufacturing or fabrication environment

  • Apics’ (C.P.I.M.) Certified in Production and Inventory Management

  • Previous work experience evaluating the integrity and reliability of business systems

  • Experience analyzing data to minimize inventory and adjust system data to support determinations

  • Excellent communication, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills

  • Strong mathematical aptitude

  • A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Lean theory management and material requirements planning (MRP)

  • Professional work experience with inventory and current production activity control techniques, steel capabilities and applications, development and use of data query, and product produced

  • An understanding of production requirement data and the ability to properly respond to the stated requirements

  • The ability to resolve problems related to invoicing, receipts, acknowledgements, material shortages, delinquencies and certifications by interacting with vendors, appropriate divisional departments or corporate purchasing personnel

  • The ability to analyze data and make informed decisions

  • Knowledge, confidence and flexibility to handle several activities simultaneously and be able to perform effectively under pressure

  • The ability to effectively and professionally communicate with various levels of internal and external shareholders

  • Passion and integrity with the drive to excel and deliver exceptional results

Working Environment and Physical Efforts:

Work is typically performed in an office setting. The incumbent is regularly required to sit for extended periods of time, as well as talk and listen on the phone and in personal conversations or meetings. Environment is fast paced and demanding most of the time. No travel requirements for this position. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms while working in the office with various files and forms and while working on the computer. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk when moving about the office. Incumbent must utilize proper ergonomic safeguards such as monitor height and positions, keyboard location and height and proper wrists rests. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds in working with large files, binders, and computer equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

If you have a disability and require any assistance in filling out the application for employment, call (402) 963-1115 or email

Valmont Industries is a leading producer and distributor of products for the infrastructure and agriculture markets.

Valmont Industries began in 1946 when our founder, Robert B. Daugherty combined his $5,000 savings and wholehearted belief that business could and should be done better. Since that modest start more than half a century ago, our company has grown to be an international leader in engineered products and services for infrastructure and water-conserving irrigation equipment for agriculture.

From the lighting and traffic structures that guide your way, to communication towers and utility structures that power your home and business, to irrigation equipment that waters the croplands on which your food is grown, Valmont products improve lives worldwide.

Valmont Industries operates in five primary business segments: Engineered Support Structures, Utility Support Structures, Coatings, Energy and Mining, and Irrigation. Valmont (VMI) is publicly traded on the NYSE.

We focus on two global markets: infrastructure and agriculture. Valmont Industries is present in 23 developed and developing countries, offering 27 brands from more than 80 facilities. International sales represent a significant portion of our revenues.

Valmont’s employees are passionate about the products we make. Along with our customers, they are the cornerstone of our success. We pride ourselves on being people of integrity who excel at delivering optimal results. We pursue opportunities for growth by taking our products and processes to new markets, introducing new products to regions where we have a presence, and continually improving our services to ensure that Valmont solutions are second-to-none.