Purchasing Manager

Purchasing Manager – Grass Valley

Responsible for sourcing equipment, goods and services, and managing vendors. Negotiating strategic procurement activities across multiple categories of spend, search for better deals and closing deals with optimal terms. Replenishment of current inventory, removal of non-moving inventory, ensure replacement cost accuracy, and vendor/part number maintenance.

Supports Engineering for NPI and equipment requirements. Provide day-to-day supervision to employees in the purchasing department.


  • Manage and develop the team of Purchasing Agents.
  • Execute purchasing strategies by managing, maintaining, and improving purchasing processes and procedures to ensure the highest quality merchandise at lowest possible price is purchased.
  • Negotiate and administer contracts with suppliers, vendors, and other representatives.
  • Prepare purchase orders, solicit bid proposals, and review requisitions for goods and service.
  • Research and evaluate suppliers based on price, quality, selection, service, support, availability, reliability, production, distribution capabilities, and the supplier’s reputation.
  • Produce and maintain purchasing reports
  • Oversee the maintenance of our parts and pricing database
  • Manage material cost reduction and inventory while supporting internal customers.
  • Source management; lead-time and cost reduction.
  • Strategize supplier base management concepts into day to day activities
  • Manage major vendor relationships, and intervene with difficult vendors.
  • Work closely with our contract manufacturers and component vendors, to maintain competitive pricing, lead time and on time delivery.
  • Reporting of purchasing trends, supply usage, budget actuals and contract performance
  • Provide support for engineering’s component, equipment and NPI outside Manufacturing needs.
  • Assist MRO procurement to support internal customers.

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.
  • Strong analytical ability with active listening skills.
  • Strong negotiating skills with extensive knowledge and ability to negotiate best vendor terms, pricing, and delivery based on specific budget and schedule requirements.
  • Thorough working knowledge of purchasing policies, processes, procedures, and best practices
  • Understanding of warehouse and inventory control policies and procedures, and familiarity with inventory planning
  • Ability to interact professionally with internal departments to quickly address their needs and concerns.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ability to study and apply new information.
  • Exhibit a professional, business-like appearance and demeanor.
  • Represent the Company with a high level of integrity and professionalism.
  • Adhere to Company policies and support management decisions and goals in a positive and professional manner.

Education and Experience:

  • AS or AA degree, or equivalent related experience.
  • Ten years of experience in electronic component procurement.

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.