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Requisition Number 18-0006
Title Sr. Buyer
City Alhambra
State CA
Description EMCORE Corporation designs and manufactures Indium Phosphide (InP) optical chips, components, subsystems and systems for the broadband and specialty fiber optics market. EMCORE was the pioneer in linear fiber optic transmission technology, and today is a leader in optical components, as well as a provider of complete end-to-end solutions for high-speed communications network infrastructures, enabling systems and service providers to meet growing demand for bandwidth and connectivity. EMCORE’s advanced optical technologies are designed for cable television (CATV) and fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) networks, telecommunications and data centers, satellite communications, aerospace and defense, wireless networks, and broadcast and professional audio/video systems. With its world-class InP semiconductor wafer fabrication facility, EMCORE has fully vertically-integrated manufacturing capability and also provides contract design, foundry and component packaging services. EMCORE is headquartered in Alhambra, California, USA with InP wafer fabrication operations in Alhambra, and ISO 9001 certified manufacturing in Alhambra and Beijing, China. For further information, please visit

EMCORE Corporation has an immediate need for a Sr. Buyer to assist on a full-time basis.

• Coordinates purchasing activities with manufacturing and engineering departments to acquire inventory in a cost effective and timely manner.
• Acquires and maintains technical understanding of products purchased.
• Performs cost analysis and volume planning for major commodities.
• Obtains materials, components, equipment, software and services.
• Develops new supply sources where vendors and suppliers are inadequate.
• Monitors the cost, schedule and scope of assigned subcontracts to assure highest quality at best value. May recommend cost saving proposals including make-versus-buy analysis, alternative sourcing and vendor evaluation criteria.

Additional duties to include but not limited to:
• Coordinates with accounts payable to resolve any credit holds or complex pricing problems to ensure prompt payment and avoid delays to end user; coordinates with receiving department to resolve receipt problems promptly to avoid any delays to end users.
• Negotiates contractual terms regarding quantity, price, delivery, quality, freight routings, and other standard or special contract terms.
• Expedites supplier material, where required, to meet shortfall between current plan and customer order requirements.
• Coordinates the return, rework, or exchange of defective materials.
• Supports cost reduction projects and improvement initiatives to achieve overall business objectives.
• Strong computer skills including experience using ERP/MRP, Microsoft Excel, and PowerPoint.
• Support multiple plant locations.
• Must have experience maintaining existing Vendor Management Inventory (VMI)
• HS education required

• BA or BS degree is preferred.
• C.P.M. and/or APICS certification is desirable

• Minimum 5-8 years purchasing experience.
• Must have experience working in an electronics manufacturing environment.
• Must have knowledge and experience in planning, sourcing, purchasing and negotiating numerous commodities: electronic components, PCBAs, electro-mechanical assemblies, cable assemblies, fabricated parts (sheet metal and machined), etc.
• Must have experience in an ISO 9000 / AS 9100 quality system.
• Knowledge with MS Office, particularly Word and Excel, ERP/MRP systems for planning and purchasing (Syteline 8 experience highly desirable).

Due to the nature of the products, applicants must be a US citizen or a Permanent Resident.
  • Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
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  • The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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EMCORE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.