Senior Buyer

Job ID
Employment Type
Regular Full-Time
Travel Required
FLSA Status
Position Location(s)
US-SD-Sioux Falls



At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in bio-based products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits including;

  • Attractive Relocation Assistance and Bonus Programs for qualifying positions and/or locations
  • Competitive pay, including shift premium pay for qualifying positions
  • Quarterly Profit-Sharing Bonuses, and Bi-Annual Incentive Bonuses
  • Individual and family plans for health, dental, & vision insurance, including a generous employer Health Savings Account contribution
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • A multifaceted wellness program encompassing the whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually
  • Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements
  • 401K with company match
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Excellent work-life balance with a 'family-first' culture
  • Safety and cold weather gear reimbursements
  • Discounted home and auto insurance



As a Senior Buyer you will be responsible for developing and executing the organization’s sourcing and procurement strategy of assigned categories. You will maintain vendor relationships, negotiate the best value for POET, perform strategic analysis and decision-making, and ensure appropriate risk management through execution.



  • Lead supplier sourcing/selection activities through cross-functional sourcing teams. Research and evaluate suppliers based on price, quality, service, support, reliability, production and distribution capabilities.
  • Define, develop, negotiate and contract solutions that meet business requirements and enhance profitability by controlling/reducing costs, improving payment terms, reducing inventory and optimizing supply chain efficiencies.
  • Manage performance and relationships of key strategic suppliers. Evaluate and monitor contract performance to ensure compliance with contractual obligations.
  • Evaluate sourcing risks (key materials and components) and develop alternative plans to ensure supply goals are met.
  • Review and analyze records of items purchased, costs, delivery, product performance, and inventories to drive continuous improvement.
  • Monitor and initiate improvement projects to current processes or policies.
  • Collaborate with the bioprocessing facilities and EPC technical staff to ensure specifications and quality expectations continue to be met.
  • Partner with other procurement staff to ensure accurate and timely delivery with excellent customer service to our bioprocessing facilities and construction projects.
  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!



  • Degree in business or technical field and 5 to 8 years of related procurement experience, preferably in a related industry; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • P.M. certification preferred but not required.
  • Great interpersonal skills, possessing a high degree of professionalism and customer service.
  • Demonstrated leadership, negotiation, and relationship-building skills.
  • Strong strategic and analytical skills to include complex analysis.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, decision-making, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills as well as the ability to adapt to change.
  • Honest, ethical, and conscientious.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic and changing environment.
  • Eager to learn and change the world.
  • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.


At POET we believe in recognizing team member contributions as they add value to the organization. Team member skills and contributions are frequently assessed and recognized through incentives and title progression. New team member titles and pay are determined considering their qualifications.



  • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s the way we do things at POET.
  • Up to 30% travel required which may include vendor visits, continuing education, and conferences.
  • This position operates in office environment working at a personal computer where you may sit or stand.


POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). POET complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding hiring and employment. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.


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