Data Direct Networks

  • Buyer, Senior

    Job Locations US-CA-Chatsworth
    Job Posted Date 1 month ago(12/14/2018 1:12 PM)
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  • Overview

    DataDirect Networks ( is a world leader in massively scalable storage. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and professional services that enable content-rich and high-growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world's leading online content and social networking providers, high performance cloud and grid computing, life sciences, media production organizations and security & intelligence organizations.

    Job Description

    We are currently seeking a Senior Buyer for our Chatsworth, California location. 


    Responsibilities for this role include but are not limited to:

    • Ensure the lowest total cost of purchased materials and services and balance the objectives of product availability with strategic inventory plans.
    • Prepare data and analyze inventory trends, external and internal key performance metrics, and propose process improvement and the generation or management of key reports, metrics, and projects.
    • Be responsive to the needs of internal and external (suppliers) customers.
    • Maintain continuous material availability and minimize inventory.
    • Negotiate the purchase of materials, equipment and supplies from suppliers.
    • Manage cost savings projects and work with cross-functional teams to drive cost savings
    • Monitor supplier and product performance to ensure compliance with contractual obligations.
    • Process expense and blanket purchase orders.
    • Negotiate delivery, terms and conditions, pricing, and expedite/follow through on receipt and payment.
    • Communicate effectively with suppliers and management of accounts, problem solve challenges and issues, and recommend solutions.
    • Manage supplier relationships.
    • Support supplier risk mitigation activities.
    • Maintain databases for supplier and product data as required.
    • Support NPI activities.
    • Participate in purchasing performance metrics, reporting and improvement.
    • Provide procurement process and procedural support as required.
    • Support continuous improvement and operational excellence processes.


    Qualifications for this role are:


    • A minimum of 7 years previous experience in a similar capacity
    • Expert knowledge of ERP Systems Oracle and Agile, MS Word, MS Office, Excel, and Outlook.
    • Must be able to work autonomously with little direction and within a team environment
    • Prioritize workload, multi-task and take direction from multiple sources, while maintaining an excellent level of service.
    • A history of strong project management and relationship building skills are critical to this position.

    DDN Core Characteristics

    DDN has a very strong orientation towards these 4 characteristics and any successful employee will demonstrate these capabilities: 


    Self-Starter - Takes independent action to identify and solve problems. Seeks out relevant information needed to make decisions. Gets involved with new initiatives. 

    Success/Achievement Orientation - Delivers quality results consistently. Targets, achieves (or exceeds) measurable results. Sets challenging goals, focuses on critical priorities, and is accountable. 

    Problem Solving - Recognizes problems and responds with a systematic assessment that identifies and addresses cause of issue. Practical, realistic, and resourceful. 

    Innovative - Builds and improves key business processes that enhance the effectiveness of DDN. Generates new ideas, challenges the status quo, and solves problems creatively.


    DataDirect Networks, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, sex stereotyping, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


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