Sportworks Global LLC Buyer Woodinville, WA · Full time

The Buyer will be responsible for materials management for all vendor accounts. This includes purchasing to AVL (Approved Vendor List) for assigned commodities/suppliers, working with suppliers, master scheduler, and program manager to achieve optimized MOQ’s (minimum order quantity), minimizing obsolete and excess inventory, maximizing PPV (purchase price variance) and inventory turns. This is an amazing opportunity to apply your critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity.


Business Description:

Founded in 1990, Sportworks is an industry-leading manufacturer of commercial bicycle infrastructure products. Our bike racks for buses are preferred by cyclists and transit operators, and transport more than 2 million bikes per month Worldwide. Supplying an end-to-end solution for sustainable mobility, we also supply innovative bike parking products for public and private-sector clients. Learn more here:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Manage vendors to ensure provided materials meet quality and delivery standards 
  • Direct support of the factory, ensuring continuous supply of product 
  • Resolve and countermeasure line-down situations 
  • Work directly with engineering and planning team to ensure best practices and greatest leverage in sourcing from low cost region sourcing, supplier assessment and management 
  • Support and sustain Materials Lean Conversion by implementing VMI, Kanban, Stocking Agreements, just-in-time, postponement and other materials strategies to reduce inventory while improving delivery to our customers 
  • Manage the control of inventory through cycle-counts and root cause analysis of discrepancies 
  • Participate and initiate continuous improvement through use of Sportworks Business System lean tools 
  • Establish and maintain materials 5S (Kanban card management, labeling, ERP audits, etc.) 
  • Establish, maintain and adhere to Buyer standard work, and provide training to others on the same (as applicable) 
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

Expected Behaviors Aligned with Cultural Values and Anchors: 

  • Teamwork is of utmost importance having a collaborative approach, actively engaging with cross functional teams, supportive mentorship and effective communications are key to this role. 
  • Having an innovative mindset, a proactive problem-solver, and a continuous learning approach is the core of being curious and taking action. 
  • Always striving for the best, excelling in performance, being detailed oriented, a strategic thinker and is able to execute on both the company objectives and long-term goals, is paramount in setting a high bar. 
  • Being respectful in all interactions, trustworthy, fair, and acting with the utmost of integrity and ethical conduct. 

Minimum Education, Experience and Skills: 

  • 1 to 3 years of related experience 
  • Proven ability to problem solve in complex issues that arise from inventory 
  • High level of proficiency in Excel (advanced formulas, pivots, if/then, charts, graphs, etc.) 
  • Self-starter who seeks out ways to improve processes and drive standard work 
  • Ability to be effective in a fast paced, metric driven environment 
  • Solid understanding of materials flow and inventory signals (MRP, Kanban, Min/Max) 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication (role is vendor and internal customer-facing) 

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: 

  • Experience working directly in mechanical or engineering environments 
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles and tools (Kaizens, improvement workshops, etc.), and continuous improvement techniques 
  • Use of ERP 


Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:  

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. 
  • Be flexible, adaptable, able and willing to modify activities and direction with an ever-changing business environment 
  • Must be able to stand, walk, push, pull, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. 
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.  
  • This position requires the employee to be on-site at our Woodinville, WA office. Remote or hybrid work arrangements are not available for this role. 

About Silver Falls Capital:

Founded in 2018, Silver Falls Capital focuses on the acquisition and successful operations of small to medium size local businesses in Western Washington. The company has acquired five unique businesses that contribute to a diversified portfolio but consistent in having environmental health and sustainability missions.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age (over 40), or disability (including AIDS, and cancer-related medical condition).


Please note that we are not accepting inquiries from agencies or recruiters for this position.



$65,000 - $85,000 per year