Job Location:
Carlsbad, California

Sr. Buyer – We offer a competitive benefits package!

The Company:  GIA is the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA is a global organization with headquarters located in Carlsbad, CA. GIA in Carlsbad boasts a 17-acre ocean view campus that accommodates approximately 800 of its 3,000 total employees worldwide. It offers many competitive health and commuter benefits that promote the well-being of its employees as well as that of the environment.

The Location: This position is located in Carlsbad, California at our corporate headquarters. We offer a flexible work-from-home schedule, with a few days in the office per month.

What to expect:

  • Work Hours:  Monday through Friday regular business hours
  • We offer competitive medical, dental, vision and matching 401-K plans
  • Paid vacation, sick and holidays, tuition assistance, commuter benefits

Job Overview:

Lead cost focused sourcing for designated category for GIA at an advanced level. Develop and lead supplier relationships including monitoring performance versus expectations with minimal supervision. Assist the Director of Global Procurement in developing the sourcing strategy, tactics and key activities for the designated category.


  • Lead cost focused sourcing for designated category for GIA.
  • Develop and lead the overall supplier relationship including monitoring performance versus expectations. Ensure supplier relationships deliver significant value to GIA.
  • Ensure proper commercial treatment of suppliers by reinforcing policy and ethics.
  • Engage and collaborate with peers and other team members across the Institute to deliver best practices and accelerated results.
  • Monitor sourcing strategy to ensure delivery on cost savings targets.
  • Build and ensure strong client relationships with GIA stakeholders in designated category. Influence business needs as appropriate.
  • Maintain thorough market knowledge and share expertise with GIA stakeholders.
  • Ensure proper stewardship for procurement transactions and purchases comply with internal control requirements.
  • Process requisitions/purchase orders in a timely manner and ensure proper procurement transactions are followed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities)

  • Must have in-depth knowledge of procurement skills and best practices, procurement systems and business services. Workday experience preferred.
  • Demonstrate core procurement skills including:
    • Linking business needs to leverage scale
    • Sourcing strategy development skills
    • Strong supplier management skills
    • Negotiating / influencing skills
    • Client relationship management skills
    • Financial analysis skills
    • Industry analysis skills
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and manage multiple priorities.
  • Ability to connect business needs with external capabilities.
  • Must be a constructive team player.
  • Must be disciplined and data oriented to gain competitive advantage.
  • Able to think strategically and plan for the long term.
  • Excellent grammar, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to evaluate opportunities and respond to changing requirements.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Ability to make sound business decisions and able to accurately balance risks with business needs.
  • Ability to manage in a matrix organization and across regions and cultures.
  • Strong computer skills utilizing software such as Microsoft Office Suite, e.g., MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint; and e-mail.
  • Ability to maintain and foster sensitivity and respect for a culturally diverse work environment.
  • Ability to display supportive behavior and communicate positively regarding department goals and objectives.
  • Ability to deal effectively with a variety of personalities to establish and maintain effective working relationships. 
  • Ability to prioritize and resolve conflict when necessary.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field or equivalent experience.
  • 4-7 years’ procurement experience preferably in indirect spend areas.
  • CPSM, mCIPS, CPM or equivalent preferred.

The pay range for this position is $70,000-$90,000.


Disclaimer: This job description indicates in general terms, the type and level of work performed as well as the typical responsibilities of employees in this classification and it may be changed by management at any time. Other duties may also apply. Nothing in this job description changes the at-will employment relationship existing between the Company and its employees.