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Somerville, New Jersey

Position Description:

MERIT Controls is seeking a highly motivated, detail oriented and diligent individual for the role of Senior Buyer. This role will have responsibility for purchasing and procurement at Merit. The position will report to the Director of Project Management. The Senior Buyer will work with a cross-functional team to support and enable the growth of the Merit Controls business.

Qualified candidates possess strong communication, planning and analytical skills, be detail oriented, able to think and execute strategically, able to thrive in a fast paced environment, and possess strong negotiation skills. A well organized, agile individual that can operate with autonomy and be a strong team member is desired.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Identify and qualify suppliers to support the Merit Controls business
  • Develop and deploy sourcing strategies
  • Negotiate supply and service agreements
  • Issue purchase orders for projects, negotiate pricing, terms and conditions, ensure on time delivery
  • Manage PO backlog to ensure on time delivery and proper prioritization
  • Responsible for total cost, supplier quality, lead time, and on time delivery of goods and services
  • Development of benchmarks and metrics including routine scorecards to set baseline standards and review for improvement opportunities
  • Coordinates and oversees all company procurement activity with a view towards reducing costs while improving the overall quality of company goods and services
  • Closely link procurement performance with company strategy and needs
  • Ongoing value creation through, and active management of a strong supply base
  • Creation and improvement of best-practice based processes
  • Identification and realization of cost-saving and cost-reduction opportunities

Full Time Position
Travel: up to 10%

Preferred Position Requirements:


  • 5 years’ experience in purchasing / procurement management or degree in Supply Chain Management
  • Experience in sourcing or sourcing management preferred
  • Foundational knowledge of a purchasing and procurement processes and systems
  • Experience with ERP procurement modules preferred
  • Exemplary skills in negotiation and communication — both oral and written
  • Experience with PV systems, services, and equipment preferred


Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Finance, or Business preferred


  • Team player that works well in collaborative situations and start-up environments
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Enthusiasm to take on new and challenging tasks
  • Strong interest in renewable energy and its applications
  • Strong analytical and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced, collaborative working environment
  • Self-starter and detail oriented
  • Sense of humor and social affinity

Physical Demands & Working Conditions:

  • Sitting/Standing/Flexibility: Ability to stand and sit for 8 or more hours when in an office environment
  • Speech/Reading: Ability to speak, read, and write English proficiently and deliver a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form
  • Lifting: Ability to lift items weighing up to 25 pounds
  • Vision/Hearing: Ability to understand a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form
  • Safety: Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary

Merit Controls is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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