Exide Technologies


US-AR-Fort Smith
Requisition ID
Supply Chain/Logistics
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


The exempt Buyer is responsible for source selection and procurement functions directly associated with the Company's needs for indirect materials and services, fixed assets and tooling, and select production materials and services. These products and services are to be secured at cost quality, and delivery competitive levels consistent with Company policy and performance standards. The position is further responsible for the timely planning, scheduling of receipt and inventory control of the products and services as assigned consistent with Material Requirements Planning (MRP) requirements or as appropriately concluded with a requisitioner.


To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Prepare purchase orders and send copies to suppliers and to departments originating requests.
  • Determine if inventory quantities are sufficient for needs, ordering more materials when necessary.
  • Review requisition orders to verify accuracy, terminology, and specifications.
  • Prepare, maintain, and review purchasing files, reports and price lists.
  • Compare prices, specifications, and delivery dates to determine the best bid among potential suppliers.
  • Track the status of requisitions, contracts, and orders.
  • Calculate costs of orders, and charge or forward invoices to appropriate accounts.
  • Secures and analyzes quotations; negotiates prices and terms with suppliers; and recommends suppliers with respect to cost, quality, and delivery competitiveness for assigned responsibilities.
  • Works with Materials Manager to advance sourcing programs as appropriate.
  • Interviews and confers with current and prospective suppliers to determine supply capabilities, transportation logistics inventory control and management, negotiates prices and delivery terms with guidance from Materials Manager for assigned responsibilities.
  • Respond to customer and supplier inquiries about order status, changes, or cancellations.
  • Contact suppliers to schedule or expedite deliveries and to resolve shortages, missed or late deliveries, and other problems.
  • Regular attendance and timeliness is required in order to give sufficient support to the plant-wide team. 
  • While performing the duties of this job the individual is occasionally required to vary their schedules times and shifts.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or high school diploma or general education degree (GED).
  • Two years experience working in a purchasing and scheduling function in the manufacturing industry. 
  • Two years experience working in a team environment – problem solving, conflict resolution, building cooperative relationships, and effective communications


  • Five years of experience in the purchasing and scheduling field working with vendors, customers, management, marketing, sales, production, and engineering towards continuous improvement efforts and projects at the site level.
  • Experience working in a union manufacturing plant is a plus 
  • A procurement and supply chain designation like APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) or Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) is a plus. 


  • Working knowledge of Excel and Microsoft Word and Outlook.
  • Ability to communicate with multiple levels of vendors, customers, dealers, co-workers and management in order to achieve optimum plant performance 
  • Working knowledge of procurement and supply chain best practices and operating procedures related to logistics.
  • Good organization/administrative and time management skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks in a fast paced environment.
  • High energy, self motivated, ability to be successful without direct supervision.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • Background in procurement and supply chain systems or management
  • Knowledge of Industrial Batteries and Chargers and/or Material Handling market a plus. 
  • Critical thinking and good troubleshooting technique.

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • While performing the duties of this job the individual is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk and hear
  • While performing the duties of this job the individual is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl
  • Ability to occassionally lift a minimum 25lbs and 26 to 150lbs with assistance of equipment
  • Regular use of safety glasses and steel toed shoes. Limited use of respirator. Vision requirements; close vision.


  • While performing the duties of this job, individual is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles
  • Individual occasionally exposed to precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock
  • Noise level is minimal to loud
  • Regularly is working in a lead contaminated area and must wear a uniform and safety shoes in that area to prevent the tracking and / or possible lead contamination of other clean areas or outside or the regulated areas

EEO Statement

Exide Technologies is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

About Exide

Exide Technologies (www.exide.com) is a global provider of stored electrical energy solutions—batteries and associated equipment and services for transportation and industrial markets. With 128 years of industry experience and operating in more than 80 countries, Exide produces and recycles a broad range of products that keep customers and their businesses powering forward. Leading car, truck and lift truck manufacturers trust Exide as an original equipment supplier, and Exide serves the transportation and industrial aftermarket through a comprehensive portfolio of products and services. The Company’s extensive sales, distribution and service network provides flexibility and quality for an exceptional customer experience.

At Exide Technologies, It All Starts Now. History and scale, combined with a start-up mentality, make Exide the faster, more nimble, more innovative, more digital, and more responsive alternative for customers who want more than simply a battery supplier. Exide is "the 128 Year Old Start-Up," and the Company is moving forward—bringing the energy of the “new Exide” to customers around the world.


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