Buyer or Sr. Buyer

Ted Pella, Inc. is seeking an experienced Buyer or Sr. Buyer to join our Purchasing team. This person will be involved in purchasing and maintaining inventory for distribution, manufacturing, research and development materials, and laboratory use, and will work with vendors as assigned to establish best pricing and most efficient shipments.

Job Duties:

  • Place orders for low and backordered items as necessary or assigned.
  • Review inventory requirements and order appropriate quantities daily.
  • Follow-up on all purchases and expedite when necessary.
  • Continually seek new vendors for evaluation and obtain fresh quotes regularly.
  • Supply price change notification to appropriate management as soon as possible.
  • Return damaged products or otherwise QC failed products to their origin after making appropriate arrangements for resolution with the vendor.
  • Confirm receipt of each purchase order, lead time, and cost by phoning, faxing, or emailing the vendor.
  • Review previous day orders that shipped incomplete. Assess that lead times are accurate on each backorder before returning the Backorder File to the Customer Service Department.
  • Respond timely to Customer Service inquiries regarding backordered products.
  • Review all price changes and notify appropriate staff.
  • Strive to find cost cutting tactics on each order placed.

Job Requirements:

  • Minimum of AA degree, or the equivalent of college coursework and related experience.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of purchasing experience is required for Buyer, 7-10 years for Sr. Buyer.
  • Manufacturing and/or production environment experience is preferred.
  • Experience using a MRP or ERP system is preferred. Syspro experience is ideal.
  • Requires excellent interpersonal, communication, and organization skills. Ability to work well with people. Ability to interface successfully with customers, vendors, co-workers and management. Must be able to collaborate and interact successfully with customers, managers and co-workers.
  • Excellent computer knowledge, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and internet. Must type at least 45 wpm and 10-key by touch.
  • A high level of attention to detail and accuracy is required. Good problem solving skills and good judgment.
  • Must be able to work in a fast paced environment, learn new things quickly, handle multiple tasks, and prioritize responsibly.
  • Must have good math, reading, writing and spelling skills. Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively in the English language, verbally and in writing.
  • Must be self-motivated to work independently, as well as work well on a team. Must be results-oriented with a demonstrated track record of success.
  • Must have strong attendance record and work ethic, and maintain a positive attitude at all times
  • While performing this job the employee is continuously required to talk, see and hear. Continuous sitting, use of hands and arms, to grasp and manipulate office tools, equipment and paperwork. Regular standing, walking, bending, twisting, reaching, and lifting/carrying 10 pounds. Occasional climbing stairs, use of step stools, lifting/carrying/pushing/pulling up to 30 pounds.


Full-time, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and may vary based on business needs.

Pay & Benefits:

Hourly rate will be competitive in market and commensurate with experience. This position includes a generous medical, dental, life insurance, a 401(k) plan with Company match, paid vacation, sick time and holidays.

About Ted Pella, Inc.:

Ted Pella, Inc. has been serving the global microscopy community with instrumentation and supplies for over 50 years. We have been in Redding for over 30 years. We sell to the entire USA and all around the world both directly and through a large distributor network. Visit our web site at We are a family-owned and operated Company with a professional and friendly atmosphere.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. Final candidates must successfully pass post-offer pre-employment drug screen and background check when applicable. To apply please send a cover letter, a complete resume and your desired pay range to [email protected].