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Vermeer Corporation Buyer in Pella, Iowa

You’re not likely to find another company like Vermeer. Our people are from all walks of life in locations around the world, rolling up our sleeves and getting tough work done every day. Together. We’re a family-owned and operated company with an unmatched culture, one that is built on the belief that every Vermeer team member has real, personal impact – on our people, our customers and our world. Whoever you are and where you are in your career, Vermeer helps you be Equipped to Do More ® .

Job Summary

Work Shift

1 - First Shift

The Buyer analyzes and monitors daily material requirement planning (MRP) reports and other replenishment systems such as visual Kan/Ban to determine necessary parts to order, working closely with Production Control to ensure production schedules are met, costs are minimized, and lead times are reduced while achieving company goals. This position works with others to uphold consistency, create understanding and consensus in the procurement process, ensuring Vermeer’s intellectual property rights are preserved by retaining ownership or having joint ownership and control where practical for all prints and drawings for portability.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Exhibit the Vermeer characteristics of caring culture, demonstrating agility, customer focused and stewardship while modeling the associated behaviors.

  2. Analyze MRP or availability reports, review various demand requirements, and order and schedule component parts per location and select product lines. Maintain late purchase order report and, if necessary, expedite to ensure parts are delivered in a timely manner.

  3. Assist Production Control to ensure that production schedules are met, lead times are reduced, and inventory turns are increased. Respond to production schedule changes by tracking purchased parts and suggest schedule changes to Production Control due to parts restrictions if necessary.

  4. Manage multiple projects with engineering teams by providing technical input relative to component design, material selection, and cost improvement requirements. Process Engineering Change Notices per New Product and Process Development requirements.

  5. Review key metrics and act accordingly to meet inventory, cost, invoice accuracy, payment terms, delivery, and quality goals.

  6. Respond to customer service requests regarding pricing and availability and work with warehouse or inventory teams to review stocking levels.

  7. Expedite parts as necessary to meet production requirements or respond to emergency orders, expediting parts in less than lead time.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Supply Management, Engineering (Mechanical or Electrical) or related field with a minimum of 3 years Supply Chain experience; and/or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate with vendors in a professional manner to negotiate overall best pricing and set performance standards including, but not limited to; on-time delivery of parts, inventory, cost reduction, and lead time.

  • Ability to lead and reach consensus with cross functional cost savings teams including, but not limited, to Engineering, Procurement, Marketing, and dealer network.

  • Ability to read blueprints and proficiently operate Engineering software as necessary.

  • Ability to provide constructive feedback to fellow employees in a tactful manner; ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints with innovative solutions; ability to be informative and provide professional assistance when working with suppliers, the public, customers and co-workers, ability to influence and coach others to desired outcome.

  • Ability to create accurate, professional and error-free documents in a timely manner including, but not limited to, policies, procedures, standard work, and training materials.

  • Ability to speak in public with small or large groups, including all levels of management.

  • Ability to conduct multiple tasks simultaneously while assigning priorities to special projects.

  • Ability to work with confidential material such as drawings and engineering documents.

  • Ability to prioritize projects and multi-tasks to meet customer expectations and deadlines.

  • Knowledge of warehouse inventory levels, terms and conditions, contracts, pricing, purchase orders, blanket orders and sales and marketing data.

  • Knowledge of the ERP system.

  • Knowledge of Lean manufacturing.

Certificates, Licenses, Registration

  • CPSM, or APICS certification preferred.


Up to 10% domestic and/or international travel by car or plane may be required.

Work Location

ONSITE: A team member’s day-to-day work is best done on a Vermeer campus. If work content can be occasionally completed at an offsite location, discuss potential arrangements with your manager.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation due to a disability at any stage of the employment application process should contact Team Member Solutions in human resources at (641) 621-8767 or at