Trust Automation
  • San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Comprehensive benefit package; fully paid medical, dental, vision and life insurance, paid time off, 401k plan, profit-sharing, EAP program and much more.

Trust Automation, a growing company in San Luis Obispo which designs, builds and supports control and power management systems for the most demanding defense, semiconductor, industrial automation, green technology and medical applications is seeking a Buyer to join our team in San Luis Obispo, CA.  We are looking for a problem solver who is a strong negotiator, detail oriented, a clear communicator, motivated by team success and able to adapt to new processes and procedures quickly while navigating a high volume of purchase requests. 

What's Cool About This Job:

You will directly contribute to Trust Automation's success by representing Trust Automation as the prime point of contact for purchase orders and suppliers.

What You Will Do:

The Buyer will perform procurement duties in support of manufacturing operations.  This position is responsible for negotiating prices, price/cost analysis, and compliant procurement documentation required by AS9100 standards, Trust Automation policies and procedures, and best practices.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to the procurement and management of purchase orders for custom fabricated components, parts, electrical components, printed circuit board fabrication, consignment assembly and contract manufacturing, and hardware.  This position reports to the Materials Manager.


You will be challenged with activities which include:

  • Managing complex purchase orders, including those with specification/SOW-driven requirements.
  • Prepare and release RFQ, receive and analyze quotes, negotiate price and schedule, contracts, terms and conditions, select or recommend suppliers, document agreements, and administer resulting PO through invoice activity.
  • Negotiate modifications to POs, develop positive working relationships, and interface with suppliers via phone, email, or personal visits as required.
  • Forecast, confirm and/or expedite material deliveries to support on time delivery production requirements.
  • Manage supplier relationships and performance through supplier score card requirements.
  • Maintain integrity of ERP planning data to include real-time updates of lead time, price preferred suppliers, and make recommendations for shelf stock requirements and batch sizes.
  • Key stakeholder in change control processes including but not limited to internal and external design change requirements, AML additions, supplier status and component obsolescence notifications.
  • Assist Quality in coordinating non-conforming product activity and their disposition with suppliers

What You Need For This Position:

  • College coursework in business, supply chain management, engineering, finance or business analytics.
  • Cross-functional knowledge of supplier quality, manufacturing, and engineering as they relate to procurement
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment; be able to prioritize tasks and effectively communicate priorities
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to multi-task
  • Problem solving/critical thinking as well as data analytics skills
  • High level of personal accountability
  • Professional written and verbal communication with strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work both as an individual contributor with minimal supervision or in a team environment
  • Experience working with an ERP system, PO documentation, and terms and conditions
  • Effective use of Microsoft Office tools, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



Members of our team are paid well; however, what you can achieve with us will depend entirely on your ability and desire to become an indispensable part of our team. We offer a competitive and comprehensive total benefits package including fully paid employee health, dental, vision and life insurance,  paid time off (PTO), paid holidays, profit sharing, 401k retirement plan, onsite childcare (infant to age 5), an Employee Assistance program and much more.




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