Senior Buyer

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Based in Toledo, Ohio, Libbey Inc. is one of the largest glass tableware manufacturers in the world. Libbey operates manufacturing plants in the U.S., Mexico, China, Portugal and the Netherlands. In existence since 1818, the company supplies tabletop products to retail, foodservice and business-to-business customers in over 100 countries. Additional information is available at

Libbey’s Global Sourcing Team is expanding, and we are excited to add a Senior Buyer to our team. The Senior Buyer will develop and maintain strategic relationships with appropriate suppliers to ensure market competitiveness and reliable sources of supply are available to service our business.  The Senior Buyer will serve as the linkage between our global commercial efforts and challenges, and global supply base, to ensure goods are available at the appropriate trade-off between cost, quality, delivery and cash investment.  This role will also serve as the internal expert on global third party factory presence and availability in the assigned category of goods. 

Successful candidates will have the ability to effectively work with and within other countries and cultures, valuing diversity and representing Libbey’s interests diplomatically.  Being able to effectively communicate, both written and verbal, is extremely key for the Senior Buyer. The Global Sourcing Team is also looking for someone with an outgoing and energetic personality, who is a strong team player and will uphold Libbey’s Mission & Values.


  • Maintain a working knowledge and relationship with key stakeholders, including the supply base, New Product Development, Sales, Marketing, Quality and Operations
  • Maintain close contact with our commercial teams to identify, evaluate and meet the needs of trends and market shifts through leveraging products and capabilities of third party supplier factories
  • Identify and evaluate new suppliers
  • Provide sourcing and related duties for New Product Development projects
  • Maintain appropriate database of suppliers and pricing information
  • Coordinate all international factory and supplier activities
  • Resolve Quality issues with customers and suppliers
  • Attend and support trade shows as needed
  • Closely monitor global trends in the assigned category of goods, and follow emerging market activity and development

Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred
    • Preferred focus in International Business, Marketing, Finance or Supply Chain
  • U.S. Passport required
  • Willingness to take calculated risks and manage those risks appropriately
  • Strong problem solving, critical thinking and business acumen skills
  • PC skills, including Microsoft Office (Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint)
  • Experience with JDE software, preferred
  • Capable to work within a team environment, and independently, when required
  • Foreign language experience would be advantageous, as global communication and travel is required


Libbey Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

Nearest Major Market: Toledo

Job Segment: Procurement, Purchasing, Database, Supply, Buyer, Operations, Finance, Technology

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