Responsible for obtaining purchased components and services from suppliers at the lowest total cost consistent with considerations of quality, reliability of source and urgency of need. Assignments are broad and complex in nature and require technical expertise, ingenuity and independent evaluation. Areas of responsibility may include purchasing raw materials, manufactured materials, various components, MRO supplies, services and commodities as assigned by the Purchasing Manager. Evaluate product and services in terms of quality, delivery and price to provide the most value to the requisitioning party and the corporation. Develop and execute strategies for continuous improvement of overall total cost of procurement. This should include cost and inventory reduction, delivery performance, and quality improvement. Examine, advise, and recommend change to purchasing activities such as: inventory levels, material scheduling and computerized inventory programs, stocking strategies, and procedures to ensure maximum and efficient usage of plant manufacturing capacity and assets in relation to production requirements.