Buyer - Import Sourcing Specialist

Job Summary:

To select quality suppliers in foreign countries and to negotiate pricing, delivery frameworks, and payment schedules in line with the company's purchasing policies.

Essential Functions:

  • Overviews present foreign suppliers of purchased items, analyzing performance for continuity of supply, pricing, delivery, and quality satisfaction.
  • Keeps abreast of import regulations, taxes, and political and economic situation in suppliers' countries to ensure reliability of source.
  • Develops prospects for supply of company material and finished items by visiting foreign locations, discussing price, quality levels, and delivery cycles. Obtains business and financial references of prospective suppliers.
  • Recommends prospective suppliers to purchasing director for approval.
  • Places trial orders with new supplier. Expedites import process as required. Monitors quality of production, delivery dates, and satisfaction. Provides supplier with feedback report.
  • Negotiates payment terms for cost of cutting dies and printing plates with new suppliers.
  • Determines most advantageous payment methods for imported items.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • May visit plant facilities of foreign suppliers during trial run to new items.


  • Bachelor's degree in business administration or similar field.
  • At least five years of purchasing experience, including trading and purchasing practices in foreign countries.
  • Familiarity with company's requirements for type of goods to be purchased.
  • Knowledge of several foreign languages and foreign travel experience helpful.
  • Willingness to spend about 25 percent of time in foreign travel.

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