Associate Material Buyer

Job Locations US-KS-Topeka
Requisition ID
Position Category
Accounting, Finance and Procurement
Public Trust
Citizen Security & Public Services


Peraton is seeking an Associate Material Buyer to join our team of diverse, qualified individuals.


The Associate Buyer at the United States Postal Service (USPS) Central Repair Facility (CRF) in Topeka, KS.  The CRF is a depot repair facility for USPS mail processing, delivery, and bulk mail systems repairable parts. Examples: repairing printed circuit boards, electrical, electronic, mechanical and electro-mechanical assemblies to component level. The CRF provides depot level maintenance for essential automation, mechanization, retail and bulk mail processing systems used in all mail processing and retail installations.


Our Associate Buyer sources and purchases machinery, equipment, tools, raw material, packaging materials, parts, services, and/or supplies necessary for operation of an organization. Reviews proposals, negotiates prices, selects or recommends suppliers, analyzes trends, follows up orders placed, verifies delivery, approves payment, and maintains necessary records.  Specific tasks include:

  • Compiles and analyzes statistical data to determine feasibility of buying products and to establish price objectives
  • Compiles information to keep informed on price trends and manufacturing processes
  • Confers with suppliers determine factors that affect prices and determines lowest cost consistent with quality, reliability, and ability to meet required schedules
  • Includes processing material requests, preparing purchase orders along with supporting documentation (including item description and justification), contacting vendors to secure best pricing and availability, maintenance of established follow-up program, expediting delivery on critical items and associated record keeping
  • May prepare bid packages
  • Receives guidance and advice from the Material Buyer
  • Performs other related tasks as assigned



Basic Qualifications: 

  • High School graduate or equivalent plus four years additional education and/or experience
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Public Trust clearance
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Knowledge of business practices and purchasing procedures to include purchasing terms and conditions.
  • Familiarity with supply chain, to include procurement, inventory management, reverse inventory, and logistics
  • Proficiency using windows based applications and software (Microsoft Office). Basic typing skills are necessary
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing
  • Ability to justify procurement in writing
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Possess good inter-personal skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • APICS, ISM, or similar certification
  • ISO 9001 or LSS training and/or experience or certification
  • Experience with government contracts / purchasing

 Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • The physical activity of this position may include crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking and hearing
  • Required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures

Peraton Overview

Peraton is a next-generation national security company that drives missions of consequence spanning the globe and extending to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. As the world’s leading mission capability integrator and transformative enterprise IT provider, we deliver trusted, highly differentiated solutions and technologies to protect our nation and allies. Peraton operates at the critical nexus between traditional and nontraditional threats across all domains: land, sea, space, air, and cyberspace. The company serves as a valued partner to essential government agencies and supports every branch of the U.S. armed forces. Each day, our employees do the can’t be done by solving the most daunting challenges facing our customers. Visit to learn how we’re keeping people around the world safe and secure.

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An Equal Opportunity Employer including Disability/Veteran.


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