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Buyer III IND at First Solar


First Solar Full-Time
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Basic Job Functions:

  • Responsible for obtaining bids and placing orders for supplies, materials, services, and equipment.
  • Negotiates pricing and delivery with key vendors, supports supplier development activities to established guidelines and in a cost efficient manner. 
  • Define sourcing strategies and managing contracts, conduct RFQ/tendering and cost comparison analysis.
  • Responsible for assuring Purchasing Orders are placed and timely deliveries
  • May delegate work to, and oversee work of, up to two Buyers.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for managing the commercial relationship between First Solar and its key local suppliers with full compliance to company’s code of conduct.
  • Responsible for processing purchase orders according to established guidelines and in a cost efficient manner.
  • Responsible for negotiating pricing and other terms with assigned suppliers to improve product cost, reduce First Solar inventory, and improve cash flow.
  • May negotiate and place Purchase Orders for significant capital equipment purchases.
  • Independently investigates new suppliers for improved price, delivery and quality.
  • Participate in and may lead supplier selection, qualification, evaluation, and re-evaluations for new and current suppliers
  • Responsible for managing inventory levels of assigned materials.
  • As required, expedite or de-expedite deliveries and change scheduled quantities to meet changes in production or requirements, including working with Logistics to schedule and arrange timely and cost-effective deliveries.
  • Notify suppliers of changes in specification and obtain their approval prior to implementing the change.
  • Notify suppliers of quality discrepancies in their incoming material; with internal and supplier experts, support the identification of root cause and assure corrective action; and assure material disposition is appropriate dealt with.
  • May work with engineering to modify or finalize specifications
  • Maintains effective communications levels and fosters team building.
  • Adheres to all First Solar internal processes and procedures, including safety, SOA, ISO9000, ISO14000, and housekeeping standards.
  • May perform Commodity Management functions on some items, including development of strategic relationships and negotiating long term supply agreements.
  • May travel, including internationally, to critical suppliers.
  • Supplier relationships are maintained and improved.
  • Failure to perform responsibilities will have a significant impact on First Solar production and, ultimately, financial performance.


  • 5+ years of purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Some experience directing the work of other buyers is preferred.
  • Ability to identify and engage local supplier base for best purchasing results for First Solar.


  •   BE/B-Tech/Degree in Purchasing or related fields or equivalent.

Required Skills:


  • Motivated, focused and target driven individual
  • Proven organizational skills – ability to prioritize.
  • High level of skill demonstrated in managing suppliers and supplier relationships.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Has thorough knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within the Purchasing field.
  • Knowledge of engineering data bases and managing specification changes with suppliers.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Flexibility to work as per different time zones, based on requirement.


  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office or equivalent.
  • In depth knowledge of ERP systems-SAP/Oracle systems.
  • Broad knowledge of techniques used in negotiating cost reductions along with terms and conditions with suppliers.
  • Experience in managing Procure to pay Cycle

Physical Requirements (if any)

  • Required to sit for long periods of time during the day.
  • Will walk, and climb stairs.
  • May reach above shoulder heights and below the waist.
  • Required to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • May, kneel, stoop, talk and hear.
  • Required to use hands to handle, carry or feel objects.
  • Specific vision abilities are required.


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Job ID: 1010562