Job Openings >> Buyer
Job Location:Earth City, MO

Company Overview
Young Dental is a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of consumables, instruments, and other items used in the dental industry. The products we create begin as a bright idea either from within our organization, backed by extensive research and development, or are generated by clinical professionals worldwide. Every product we manufacture is subject to strict quality control measures before being made available to a dental office. The result is a high-quality product that provides clinical benefits to the patient while providing efficacy, reliability, and comfort to the dental professional. Young Dental is a wholly owned subsidiary of Young Innovations, Inc., whose sales exceeds $140 million and covers a broad portfolio of market-leading products across a variety of dental categories.




The Buyer will be an integral part of daily purchasing activity and providing direct support to business functions including production control, quality and operations. Part of this role includes working with suppliers to establish best pricing and pursuing redundant suppliers to reduce supply chain risk. This individual will be responsible for requisitions and purchase order creation, building raw material management systems, maintaining inventory of critical components and ensuring there is no supply chain disruptions to interfere production scheduling demand.



  • Acts as liaison with other departments and works closely with planning / production control to provide direct support to ensure daily production needs are met.

  • Set up and maintain office systems including purchase order creation with domestic and international suppliers, multi department requisition generation and project management for own work.

  • Authorize payment for purchases by reviewing invoices and related documentation. Ensure timely and accurate order release of raw materials in accordance with production requirements.

  • Produce inventory records and inventory count entry through verification of Kanban systems. Perform inventory cycle counts and enter adjustments as needed to ensure raw material count accuracy.

  • Monitor supplier performance by ensuring that product is delivered as scheduled and meets specifications; maintaining appropriate files and records of meetings with suppliers to ensure company requirements are met and that supplier is aware of their performance.

  • Process non-conforming material requests and RMA requests with supply chain partners.

  • Work with suppliers/vendors to establish best supply chain practice and best pricing through request for quotes/proposals process. Negotiate and manage long term pricing agreements on critical commodities.

  • Handle correspondence concerning over-shipments, delivery shortages, changes in quantity, delivery dates, and prices and report such changes to leadership and department team in a timely manner.

  • Manage administrative support functions and more complex tasks including establishing relative priorities of current and anticipated workload and organizing and conducting assignments according to deadlines.

  • Ensure that request for action or information are relayed to appropriate staff members; ensures that information is furnished in a timely manner; decide whether a higher authority should be notified or important or emergency matters.

  • Perform responsibilities in a manner that clearly shows effective communication and cooperation and that promotes open exchange of information, respect, high ethical standards and professionalism.

  • Maintain work areas in a clean and orderly manner.



  • Performs other duties, as assigned

  • Ability to understand and react to business KPIs



Training and Experience

  • Bachelor degree preferred

  • 5+ years of related procurement experience including purchasing, inventory control, contract negotiation, supply management, supplier relationships, basics of Cost Accounting, and tracking invoice reconciliation.

  • Knowledge of MRP process.

  • Contract manufacturing experience beneficial.

  • Work experience in pharmaceutical or CL I medical device manufacturing environment beneficial.

  • Knowledge of import freight movement.


Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

  • Knowledge of manufacturing in a regulated environment (FDA, ISO, etc.), preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Power Point, Word and Outlook), advanced knowledge of Excel.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Experience using an ERP system (SAP, Oracle, etc.), knowledge of handheld scanner use in conjunction with an ERP system.
  • Ability to work under pressure and time constraints and at times manage multiple job assignments.

  • Ability to be a self-starter, follow-through and have a strong sense of urgency in accomplishing goals consistently.

  • Ability to work as a team and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to all levels of the organization in addition to basic arithmetic.

  • Understanding of warehouse management and cycle counting process.




Primarily office position. However, the employee may be required to walk, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, communicate, reach and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility.

Duties involve moving materials weighing up to 10 pounds on a regular basis such as files, books, office equipment, etc., and may infrequently require moving materials weighing up to 40 pounds. Manual dexterity and coordination are required while operating equipment such as computer keyboard, calculator, and standard office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.


Working Conditions

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential job functions of this job. Usual office working conditions: noise level in the work area is typical of most office environments with telephones, personal interruptions, and background noises. Work assignments may require exposure to the manufacturing plant environment, with some abnormal variations in temperature, unavoidable fumes, noise, dust and atmospheric conditions.






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