Location: Vancouver, WA

Department: Purchasing

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

Over the past 80 years Columbia Machine, Inc. has become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of concrete products equipment and palletizing solutions, serving customers in over 100 countries. Located just across the river in Vancouver, WA right off of I-5 and just 10 minutes from downtown Portland, Columbia Machine is one of Vancouver’s largest employers. A family owned business since 1937, Columbia Machine offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental and vision. If you are looking for a company that values its employees then log on to for more information.


Procures standard goods/services from known suppliers while assisting Senior Buyers with projects and direct ship orders.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Maintains supplier relationships
    • Maintains regular contact with suppliers and prepares and submits purchase orders
    • Arranges shipping of goods/services to appropriate locations
    • Tracks orders and maintains appropriate contact with suppliers to meet on time delivery of goods/services.
    • Resolves shipment discrepancies for quality, quantity and on time deliver by working with suppliers and internal stakeholders as necessary
  • Maintains on time delivery of purchasing operations
    • Manages inventory turnover by determining maximum and minimum inventory levels and reorder quantities
  • Supports internal and external customer service
    • Understands and documents internal and external customer needs and expectations
    • Communicates to appropriate team(s) when an expectation will not be met
  • Contributes to the continuous improvement effort
    • Documents processes and procedures, eliminates non-value added activities, and participates in weekly CI team meetings
  • Contributes to team effort
  • Willing to attempt new assignments or fill in for others as needed; accomplishes other duties as assigned


Knowledge, skills and/or abilities:




  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PPT, Outlook)
  • Intermediate
  • Infor M3 (ERP)



  • Clerical/Secretarial
  • Computer/Technical
  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Organizational
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Problem-Solving


  • Analytical
  • Project/Process Management
  • Clerical/Secretarial
  • Computer/Technical
  • Written and Oral Communication


  •  Ability to provide a respectful work environment for others
  •  Ability to work well with others in a team atmosphere.
  •  Strong technical aptitude required

Education and/or Experience:                                            

  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Vocational or technical training preferred
  • Associate’s degree or vocational or technical school degree preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or Supply Chain preferred
  • 3-5 professional experience as a Buyer
  • Current APICS or ISM Certifications preferred.

Columbia Machine offers a full benefits package including medical, dental, vision, prescription drug, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, short and long term disability, 401(k), incentive compensation, paid holidays, paid time off, and tuition reimbursement.

Equal Opportunity Employer - Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.  Columbia does participate in E-Verify.

To apply for this exciting career opportunity today, please apply online at

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