TELEFUNKEN Job Posting: Purchasing Agent

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Company Overview: TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik designs and builds iconic microphones and modern professional audio equipment that provides classic sound for recording, broadcast, studio, and stage while helping spread good vibrations around the world.

Job Title: Purchasing Agent / Expeditor

Status: Full Time

Department: Production

Reports to: Production Manager

Job Summary: The job requirements for the Purchasing Agent/ Expeditor include working with current Purchasing and Production managers to maintain and progressively improve upon purchasing of raw and outsourced materials used in an active manufacturing setting.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plan and track RFQs with select vendors and commodities assigned by the Purchasing Manager.
  • Working closely with production to be proactive about lead times on the production floor as well as PO’s, matching them efficiently.
  • Track open orders and expedite accordingly. These tasks with all involve interfacing with freight forwarders and international shipping companies to verify we are receiving orders in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Communicate delays and other pertinent information with multi-department managers to formulate most effective production/sales schedules.
  • Conference with numerous departments, i.e. Production, Engineering, Sales and Quality.
  • Ability to assess and maintain relationships with current vendors based on QC results, lead times, communication, and pricing.
  • Must possess the wherewithal to multi-task daily. Ability to deal with problems involving multiple variables.
  • Have working knowledge of previous ERP/ SAP systems, able to integrate with Excel for existing templates.
  • Has basic understanding of industry technical terms and electronic parts.
  • Willingness to work closely with the inventory lead to perform inventory counts ensuring the ERP system remains accurate.
  • Ability to analyze and adjust buying techniques based off budget, sales predictions, and extended vendor lead times.
  • Please note that other duties may be assigned to the Purchasing Agent on an as needed basis.

 Qualifications & Skill Requirements

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in the purchasing and/ or inventory management fields.
  • Must be proficient with the applicable use of all Microsoft Office products.
  • Demonstrated experience as a purchasing agent in a manufacturing setting. International vendor experience a plus.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal.
  • Must sufficiently operate independently, as well as in an optimized team setting.
  • Outstanding organization and prioritization skills.
  • Experience with FishBowl or similar systems preferred.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • References available upon request.


  • High School diploma required.
  • 2 / 4-year business degree or relevant, equivalent experience preferred.


  • Full- Time on-site employment.
  • Dental, Vision and Health Insurance offered.
  • Life, Short-Term disability, and Accident Insurance.
  • 401K plan with employer match.
  • Paid sick and vacation time.
  • Holiday Pay

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