Buyer II

Job Description Summary

This position is responsible for a variety of parts ordering and expediting duties in a fast paced environment. This position also manages end-to-end procurement functions (includes buying and expediting) within the assigned industry to improve fill rates/parts availability and reduce costs/down-time for Finning and its Customers through effective use of system (SAGE and SAP Ariba), processes and people (Caterpillar/internal relations)

Please note this is a temporary position expected to last approximately 12 months.

Job Description

  • Order indirect parts and services from suppliers to fulfill customer delivery requirement
  • Purchase Order Creation in alignment with supply/inventory needs
  • Monitor stock and consolidate emergency orders to replenish parts inventory, fill customer backorders, or supplement stock in supply constrained situations and maintain accurate records and parts tracking/order systems (Remove)
  • Expedite emergency orders to achieve the highest reasonable level of service appropriate to the need; while considering vendor cut times, transportation alternatives, in-transit times, freight rates and vendor policies
  • Follow-up with customers and vendors regarding delays, errors, and quality issues. Recognize and investigate problems with the inventory (i.e. inefficient processes or system settings/parameters), make recommendations to rectify
  • Support branches and Finning departments to improve knowledge, understanding of parts procedures and performance to improve overall supply chain effectiveness
  • Collaborate with Inventory Planners, supervisors, supply chain group, branches and cross-functional groups within company to identify and mitigate the issues proactively, performance drivers and limitations, develop solutions and continuously improve the performance of our supply chain
  • Provide backup to other buyers/roles during vacation, travel, or high volume periods



  • Minimum 3 years related buying experience or acceptable combination of education and work experience
  • Experience in service, or parts, Cat product knowledge; Experience in Finning Parts Department roles, including warehouse, front counter and inventory control will be of significant value
  • Experience with SAGE and SAP Ariba systems is an asset
  • Pursuing a supply chain or procurement professional designation is an asset
  • Experience or exposure to transportation and logistics, warehousing and distribution, contracts management, sourcing and category management, master data management would be an asset
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, analytical skills and the ability to set priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Team player
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Customer focus
  • Proficient in MS Office applications, advanced level in excel and internal systems
  • Understands and adheres to Finning policies and procedures, including safety
  • Thorough knowledge of buying and expediting activities
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of broad or deep experiences in end-to-end supply chain management within heavy equipment, automotive, utilities, mining, parts or retail industry would be preferred; Practical experience and theoretical knowledge in Sales & Operations Planning (forecasting), inventory management and procurement operations is required to optimize parts supply chain
  • Knowledge and awareness of functional interdependencies



  • This is a Monday to Friday position, having a hybrid working arrangement based out of our Edmonton OEM Remanufacturing location
  • This is a temporary position expected to last approximately 1 year