Yetter Farm Equipment


Open Position: Buyer


Job Summary:

Manage assigned supplier relationships on both a tactical and strategic level within the guidelines of the Supply Management team’s goals for quality, timely delivery, and cost management.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:                 

  • Aggressively negotiate pricing, lead times, and other pertinent order terms for a diverse mix of direct materials.
  • Create and execute both spot-buy purchase orders and long term sourcing agreements to meet the needs of production, engineering, and ultimately, our customers.
  • Review, expedite, and resolve past-due orders and other material delays, regularly communicating with both scheduling and operations personnel to ensure fulfillment of customer requirements.
  • Negotiate resolution of supplier disputes on a wide range of topics, always looking for opportunities to prevent recurrence.
  • Collaborate directly with engineering throughout the product development process, to cost new parts, suggest design modifications to reduce cost, and ensure a smooth product development process.
  • Actively analyze market conditions, reporting notable changes to management and suggesting risk-mitigation activities as necessary.
  • Maintain a wide array of system parameters to ensure automated processes function fluidly and with the desired level of precision.
  • Occasionally assist with the management of logistical activities including parcel, LTL and full Truckload freight.
  • Adheres to and supports 5S 1.
  • Adheres to and supports ISO 9001: 2015 standards.
  • Performs other duties as directed or assigned.


  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form, with a diverse audience ranging from shop floor operators to business owners; for safety, performance, and productivity, must be able to read, write, and speak English.
  • Firm grasp of basic purchasing, inventory management, and accounting business principles.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Outlook applications.
  • Exceptional ability to analyze aggregated date and leverage it to improve decision making.
  • Initiative to identify, and propose solutions for, weaknesses in tactical processes.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, finance, or supply chain management preferred, with 2-5 years of experience in a similar role.
  • In lieu of a bachelor’s degree, 5-10 years of supply chain experience with a level of responsibility comparable to this role.
  • Prior experience in a manufacturing environment; metal fabrication experience is preferred.


Physical Requirements and Work Environment: 

  • This job is primarily sedentary but requires intermittent standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, twisting, turning, reaching, grasping/gripping, and lifting.
  • This position requires the physical abilities and dexterity to operate all standard office equipment, including but not limited to: computers, keyboards, telephone, scanners, fax machines, copy machines, calculator.
  • This position requires visual, verbal and hearing acuity: must have vision ability to perform work and see a computer screen or written material; must be able to talk and hear with the ability to answer the telephone or communicate in person. 
  • Ability to work a non-standard schedule when required.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at a time.
  • Work is typically performed in a temperature controlled environment.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Requires steel toed shoes and eye protection when in production areas; hearing protection required in specified production areas.

The physical demands outlined in this job description must be met by the employee to perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to or apply online.


If applying my mail, send application materials to:
Yetter Manufacturing   
Attn: Human Resources
PO BOX 358
Colchester, IL 62326




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