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Materials North America Buyer Job

Date: Jul 22, 2022

Location: Kirkland, WA, US, 98033

Company: PACCAR

Note to Internal Candidates

Internal candidates should notify their supervisor about job interests and applications upon submission. 

Company Information

PACCAR is a Fortune 500 company established in 1905. PACCAR Inc is recognized as a global leader in the commercial vehicle, financial, and customer service fields with internationally recognized brands such as Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF Trucks. PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines and also provides customized financial services, information technology and truck parts related to its principal business.
Whether you want to design the transportation technology of tomorrow, support the staff functions of a dynamic, international leader, or build our excellent products and services — you can develop the career you desire with PACCAR. Get started!

This role supports all of North America, and is based out of Peterbilt Division in Denton, Texas or Kenworth Division in Kirkland, Washington.


Job Summary

PACCAR is currently seeking a Buyer to join our Team to provide service to North America Materials.


Here's what you will do in this role:

  • Place orders with suppliers for production material to be used in the assembly of trucks at three manufacturing plants. Work closely with Purchasing, Engineering, Suppliers, and other functions to ensure that all material arrives at the

     plants according to guidelines. 

  • Determine production requirements for assigned groupings of manufactured or purchased parts.
  • Issue purchase and/or shop orders to suppliers to meet manufacturing schedules and maintain proper inventory levels.
  • Plan and coordinate introduction of new parts and reduce current inventory in conjunction with Plant/Division Engineering, Materials and Purchasing personnel, Marketing, and Assembly.
  • Negotiate delivery, expediting, or other special charges with and suppliers.
  • Serve as a focal point for Materials’ supplier management; monitor supplier quality, service, and delivery issues. Communicate issues, information, and resolution to Materials Planner at the plant(s) and/or Corporate Commodity


  • Initiate and establish EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) programs in cooperation with Materials Planners at the plants, PACCAR MIS and Kenworth suppliers. Maintain EDI working set for use by Kenworth suppliers and plant


  • Negotiate packaging , sub-assembly, and program charges with suppliers.
  • Establish and improve JIT (Just-in-Time) and material flow improvement programs with Assembly, Accounting, Materials, and suppliers.
  • Review inventory levels for excess, surplus, or obsolete accumulations and initiate or recommend disposal.
  • Coordinate special projects/programs as required.


Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Materials, Operations, or Business with focus on Inventory Control required.
  • Industry related experience desired.
  • APICS certification in one or more of the following disciplines is desirable: CPIM, CIRM, and CSCP.
  • Experience with Kanban and “Lean Material Handling” is desirable.
  • Team player with excellent leadership, technical and communication skills.
  • Willingness to travel up to 10% 


Why work for PACCAR/Peterbilt?

  • Global Fortune 500 company with a wide array of growth and development opportunities.
  • Work alongside experienced goal-oriented colleagues recognized as experts in their fields.
  • Support and/or design the commercial vehicles of the future with a focus on emerging technologies such as electric and autonomous trucks
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance plans for you and your family.
  • Paid Time Off – vacation, paid holidays and sick leave.
  • 401k with 100% company match, AND a company paid pension plan after 5 years.
  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education – eligible after 1 year of service.



A Bachelor's Degree is required.


Additional Job Board Information

PACCAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability corporation. Peterbilt promotes Diversity and Inclusion through mentorship, events, and affinity support groups – The Diversity Council, Peterbilt Women’s Initiative (PBWin), Veterans Group, Peterbilt Black Organization for Leadership and Development (B.O.L.D) and ADVOCATE (An LGBTQ support group).



Internal Candidates

Internal candidates should notify their supervisors about job interests and applications upon submission


Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue

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