Purchasing Agent

Purchasing Agent – Grass Valley

Responsible for overseeing the day-to-day purchasing and inventory activities within assigned areas. This includes but is not limited to: Replenishment of current inventory, removal of non-moving inventory, ensure replacement cost accuracy, and vendor/part number maintenance. Supports manufacturing and engineering component and equipment requirements by working with suppliers and vendors to obtain the most cost-effective purchase agreements.


  • Monitor stock levels, manage lead time and inventory reduction of assigned commodities while supporting internal customers.
  • Verification of purchase requisitions by comparing items requested to master list; clarifying unclear items; recommending alternatives.
  • Obtain purchased items by forwarding orders to suppliers; monitoring and expediting orders.
  • Work with Manufacturing and component engineering as needed to find and evaluate new suppliers, to maintain level of service, and competitive pricing.
  • Provide support for engineering’s component, equipment, and NPI outside of Manufacturing needs.
  • Manage relationships with key suppliers to maintain quality of goods, timely delivery and compliance to terms of contracts.
  • Assist MRO procurement to support internal customers.
  • Resolve shipment errors with suppliers and accounts payable.
  • Prepare and implement effective negotiation tactics.

Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively and project a professional image when giving and taking information in writing, in person and over the phone.
  • Strong word processing and computer database skills with knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as MRP software and PLM software.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with individuals and groups at all organization levels; ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks; good time-management, organizational, problem-prevention and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong analytical ability with active listening skills.
  • Demonstrate experience in negotiating prices and terms and conditions.
  • Ability to work accurately with close attention to detail.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Willingness to adapt to changing business needs and deadlines.
  • Knowledge of data analysis and purchasing best practices.
  • Ability to study and apply new information.
  • Willingness to adhere to Company policies and support management decisions and goals in a positive and professional manner.

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Five (5) years of experience in electronic component purchasing.

Email resumes to: jobs@aja.com

Life at AJA

A career at AJA Video Systems will be unlike any other you’re exploring. You’ll be challenged and inspired with creative design opportunities working in a beautiful Sierra Foothills location on a campus designed to facilitate learning, teamwork and innovation with products that are changing the broadcast and media landscape. Our location in Grass Valley is a paradise for people who enjoy the outdoors – hiking, fishing, white water rafting and kayaking, skiing, or camping.

We look for people interested in turning ideas into real products. Our products facilitate video and movie productions. We want people who are creative, out-of-the-box thinkers and who are tenacious problem-solvers.

The nearby Yuba is considered one of the most beautiful rivers in California. We are located an hour from Lake Tahoe, an hour from Sacramento, and about two hours from the Bay Area. Grass Valley also hosts multiple music festivals and is home for numerous artists, writers and musicians. Nevada City, our sister city, was recently voted one of the top ten small towns in the U.S. We have excellent schools including numerous charter schools that appeal to specific talents and interests of our community’s families.

Our Benefits

We offer competitive salaries and have a full range of benefits which include multiple health plan options, dental, vision, life and AD&D insurance, 125 Flexible Spending Accounts, and matching 401(k) plan.