Senior Buyer

Carnegie Robotics builds custom robotics systems for government and industry. We also manufacture and sell rugged robotics components that allow other organizations to develop their own robots. We’re small enough to have many of the benefits of working for a startup, but we have a very broad customer base, making us more stable and recession-proof than most organizations our size. We are developing and deploying cutting edge technology in robotics, perception, and machine learning. Many of our development efforts go on to have a real-world impact in robots that clean floors, find land mines, enable the development efforts of other organizations, and much more. This is challenging, exciting work, and we are committed to building the company culture and diverse team that will allow our continued success.

Job summary

Reporting to the Chief Manufacturing Officer this position will lead all aspects of Direct and Indirect Procurement. Responsible for ensuring that the products purchased meet CRL quality standards, continually striving to minimize cost, maximize quality and customer satisfaction all whilst ensuring that CRL procurement procedures and policies are adhered to.

Application Process

Senior Buyer

Essential Functions

  • Negotiate contracts, improved prices and terms of business with suppliers and review opportunities to make business savings utilizing negotiation and procurement best practice tools and methods, taking advantage of increased volume leverage.
  • Assess and evaluate suppliers and undertake performance reviews to ensure contract compliance and manage performance improvement activities.
  • Ensure that a professional and consistent approach is taken in relation to all supplier relationships.
  • Ensure compliance to company guidelines, purchasing policies.
  • Explore alternate sources for goods and materials, assess tenders and quotations from potential suppliers.
  • Prepare purchase orders in line with final negotiations with selected suppliers and in line with organizational targets and requirements.
  • Undertake research on and evaluate existing and new suppliers
  • Contact suppliers to resolve price, quality, delivery or invoice issues People management.
  • Work collaboratively, negotiate and engage with stakeholders and suppliers regarding new projects, supplies and initiatives and advise of impact of change on purchasing and production activities.
  • Support product change requests, review and communicate the impact of such changes
  • Build, maintain and manage supplier relationships and ensure good communications
  • Establish procurement KPIs and provide reports to management.
  • Ensure continuous supply of required materials/services and communicate any supply risks appropriately.
  • Deliver briefs, updates and reports as and when required.
  • Develop, creative and innovative procurement processes.
  • Develop ideas and strategies to improve operational efficiency, add value, aid business performance and work towards a strategy of continuous improvement.


  • Show initiative in improving processes and culture in a fast paced open environment.
  • “Hands On”, self-motivated and driven, able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Highly organized and an ability to maintain focus during constant transition.
  • Maintain high standards of excellence through accuracy, rigor, and timeliness.
  • Excel within a cross-functional team environment.
  • Proactive and action oriented.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Customer Focused and “Team Player”.
  • Displays the highest level of ethics.


  • A four (4) year degree in Business or Engineering (or equivalent).
  • Five (5) years’ experience in a Lean Manufacturing environment.
  • Experience with PCBAs and complex electronic systems preferred.


This position requires up to 10% travel both domestic and international

Reporting to:

Chief Manufacturing Officer

Selected Benefits

  • Relocation Assistance
  • High-quality health/dental/vision insurance with a flexible spending plan or HAS
  • Flexible schedule
  • Premium pay if required to work 50 hours in a given week
  • 401k plan with employer match
  • Paid time off to compensate for company travel

Carnegie Robotics LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer that welcomes applications from all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable laws and Carnegie Robotics’ employment policies.