Semiconductor and Fiber Lasers

Associate Buyer

nLIGHT is seeking an Associate Buyer(s) to join our high growth company in Vancouver Washington. The Buyer’s primary responsibilities are to work with Senior Buyers, Commodity Managers, and Supply Chain Managers on ensuring costs, inventory, and supply assurance are aligned with the company goals. This position will develop skills in the areas of purchase order management, inventory management, supplier negotiations, supplier assessments, and supplier improvement management across electrical, mechanical, optical and equipment commodities from domestic and global sources. The buyer role includes coordinating with strategic sourcing management, program managers, engineering, and quality to assure preferred suppliers are aligned to meet the company growth profile. This position requires the ability to develop a competitive environment within the supply base and to make sourcing decisions based on total cost of ownership considerations.


  • Prepare, analyze, and make sourcing selections consistent with commodity strategy and contract requirements
  • Evaluate and maintain MRP for assigned items and ensure system validity and integrity
  • Coordinate incoming material to meet demand, including issuing purchase orders, expediting and managing reschedule messages to minimize inventory and maximize production flexibility
  • Maintain communication with suppliers in order to monitor purchase order delivery, shipment tracking, short or late shipments
  • Acts as a conduit between suppliers and nLIGHT personnel to resolve delivery, quality and/or technical issues as they arise
  • Manage disposition of rejected, excess, and obsolete parts in accordance with company policy
  • Coordinate resolution of invoice discrepancies.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned
  • Be able to work in a team environment
  • Some travel may be required


  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain, engineering, manufacturing operations, business administration, or operations management or equivalent experience
  • Ability to interface at all levels. Excellent communication skills both written and oral.
  • Purchasing experience preferred, but not required
  • A working knowledge of an ERP/MRP environment. Microsoft Dynamics AX experience is a plus

nLIGHT is subject to US Export Control regulations. To qualify for this position, a Foreign Person (that is, not a US Citizen or legal Permanent Resident) must be eligible for a deemed export license under the US Department of Commerce and/or the US Department of State.

Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or age. For more information about our commitment to equal employment opportunity, please see these government posters: “EEO is the Law” and its accompanying temporary supplement. If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (360) 566-4460 or

About nLIGHT

nLIGHT is a rapidly growing vertically integrated supplier of high-performance lasers that enable innovation in materials processing, microelectronics and defense applications. nLIGHT develops and manufactures fiber lasers based on industry-leading semiconductor laser and optical fiber technology. nLIGHT is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington with additional sites in North America, Asia and Europe. nLIGHT lasers are not only changing the way things are made, but what can be made.

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