Opportunities at PGC




PGC has been part of the Edina Engineering & Manufacturing community since 1950. We are staffed with engineers who can work in lock-step with your R&D team to match materials to your performance requirements right from the start. A company who can hit the ground running, rethink the gasket or seal should you have a leak during development; to tackle the tolerances and the timelines to help ensure your product performs as precisely as planned from initial concept consulting to delivery. That’s PGC. A partnership in precision.


PGC is renowned for our innovative, customized parts. World-class companies insist on using our proprietary 4D process (Discover, Diagnose, Develop, and Deliver). Our team is well educated, passionate about our mission, and tenacious in meeting the challenges of a growing company.


We provide progressive solutions. We execute with discipline. We are tenacious.



We are a triple-bottom-line company (People, Planet, and Profit) of vibrant life-long learners who are impacting the planet with imaginative ideas and solutions for our customers.


The Buyer position supports the growth and development of PGC through the purchasing of raw materials by communicating with internal staff and with external suppliers, assisting with Inventory Management processes and reports, as well as supporting PGC’s customer centric model by meeting PGC’s on-time and delivery goals.


Metrics and/or timeframes may be assigned to the below KRAs to provide metrics that indicate whether or not the KRA has been successfully met; if the metrics are not met, the performance of the individual is below the expectations for this role.


  1. Supplier Relationships
    • Assists with developing supplier relationships and manages relationships with pre-approved suppliers for primarily raw materials, back-up for purchased parts and subcontracted parts,
      • Provides a positive image to suppliers with the day-to-day purchasing functions
      • Holds suppliers accountable for commitments to PGC purchase orders
      • Manages suppliers within business process guidelines, and coordinates activities with other departments as necessary
        • Coordinates supplier on-site visits
        • Tracks and reviews supplier metrics for on-time delivery and supplier quality for assigned purchases
      • Supports the Global Supplier Engineering Manager, when directed, with investigating new suppliers and maintaining suppliers:
        • Provides input on criteria for supplier selection process
        • Assists with supplier approval process and updates BMS documents as needed
        • Negotiates pricing, contracts, and supplier terms as needed
        • Assures ACS supplier contact information is updated as needed


  1. Purchasing Function
    • Processes purchased orders to suppliers for raw materials, and provides back-up for purchased parts and subcontracted parts
      • Utilizes ACS reports including, but not limited to: shortage report, problem report, MRP, and others to execute the purchasing process as per BMS documents
      • Creates and maintains item masters to specify statement of work to assure compliance with customer’s requirements
    • Expedites purchase orders as necessary; documents and communicates any changes with other staff as appropriate
      • Processes supplier acknowledgments/confirmations of PGC purchase orders – checking for any discrepancies for quantity, price, or delivery dates; clarifies with suppliers any questions that arise from acknowledgements/ confirmations
    • Checks email system on computer or phone regularly; checks for messages regularly to support customer centric focus
      • Monitors for and handles expedite or emergency/urgent situations immediately; communicates results timely to those in need of information
    • Provides input by reviewing inventory management reports for raw material, FG, and WIP values within established targets
      • Collaborates regularly with Finance/IT Manager regarding inventory management dollars
      • Oversees and assures inventory reports are accurate and current
        1. Collaborates with Material Supervisor to review material adjustments and material issuing discrepancies; investigates and suggestions a resolution when needed
      • Maintains and updates ACS to assure accurate frozen costs and last purchase price due to supplier increases
      • Provides input to the PROD901 and material classes; maintains order points and safety stock levels, with manager approval, to support PGC’s customer centric model
      • Coordinates approval, communication and activities regarding expired materials to assure accuracy and proper disposition


  1. Provides support for the PGC Business Management System (BMS) and Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) implementation
    • Provides input into purchasing process documentation including the Supplier PGC Terms and Conditions
      • Determines and verifies effectiveness of BMS processes for those used
      • Works collaboratively with co-workers to suggest modifications as needed
    • Assists with maintaining supplier performance in support of yearly BMS goals
      • Reviews supplier performance and assists with executing any Corrective Action as needed
      • Provides support with communicating Supplier Performance at the Quarterly Business Review and includes any special issues
      • Manages PGC’s message and reputation when resolving supplier discrepancies
    • Participates in BMS audits and assures BMS compliance
    • Executes Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) and provides purchasing approval or problem solves as needed and within established timeframes; utilizes M-Files process
    • Handles supplier rejections by participating in Material Review Board (MRB) meetings, utilizes QCBD for documentation, and oversees communication with supplier, replacement purchase order, and financial impact (credits, debit memos); and adjusts ACS inventory when needed
      • Communicates with internal staff to support customer’s needs
      • Determines disposition of supplier related discrepant parts and/or materials
    • Supports EOS implementation through:
      • Level 10 meetings, Quarterly Rocks and Yearly Company Pillars
      • Attends and presents at Quarterly Business Review sessions



Education & Experience: Bachelor’s degree and/or 2-5 years of experience in field or related area. Familiarity with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the purchasing, materials management, and/or inventory distribution fields desired.

Computer Skills: Strong skills with PCs in a manufacturing environment, Microsoft Office, particularly Outlook (E-mail and calendar functions in particular) and PowerPoint, and using internet web browsers.


Language Ability: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.

Mathematical Ability: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

OTHER ESSENTIAL DUTIES (others may be assigned)

  • Demonstrates effective communication skills:
    • Promptly shares reliable and complete information with supervisor and others who need it
    • Communicates with supervisor, other company staff, and consultants on company related issues
    • Notifies supervisor timely of any work-related concerns or suggestions
  • Contributes to and supports a results-based work environment
  • Leads by example, earns respect and gives it to others at all times, actively listens to others; works well with others even when under stress and/or pressure; maintains a professional demeanor regardless of professional or personal opinion or emotions
  • Displays a service mentality with internal staff; all activities support the customer—uses the 3Cs to ensure all customer needs are met without sacrificing on time delivery of quality products
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing peer networks, benchmarking state-of-the-art practices, and participating in professional societies/memberships; is coachable and retains new learnings and applies them successfully and consistently in the work environment
  • Attends and participates in department and company meetings and initiatives
    • Participates in cross-training and triple-redundancy initiatives as needed in own and other departments
    • Trains/teaches other staff as needed always in a respectful manner
  • Maintains a thorough understanding of department-specific, safety and work-related policies and procedures and assists others to understand and perform within these parameters as well
  • Ensures a safe working environment. Notifies Safety Coordinator if unsafe conditions are identified
    • Participates in safety programs such as stretching, work rotations, safety committee, and/or other initiatives to help promote a “Zero Injury Lost Time” work environment
  • Fosters strong internal customer relations through quality of work product, promotes teamwork to achieve customer satisfaction.
  • Upholds appropriate confidentiality of company plans and operations
  • Demonstrates and integrates PGC’s 5 Critical Success Factors into all activities (attendance, performance, safety, quality, and high-anchor behaviors; understands and demonstrates PGC values
  • Backs-up documents and work product regularly to designated U drive; does not save important documents only to local drive



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Typical office environment with the pressure of deadlines; noise level is usually quiet to moderate.

While on the manufacturing floor however (which occurs occasionally), the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts; the employee is occasionally exposed to vibration; the noise level in the work environment is usually loud.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job; the employee should also review the Physical Requirements Addendum. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to stand.  The employee frequently is required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee must regularly

lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.



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  • We provide progressive solutions
  • We execute with discipline
  • We are tenacious


  • Founded in 1950
  • Minnesota-based
  • Woman-owned
  • ITAR-registered
  • ISO 9001: 2008 and AS9100C certified.
  • Proud member of Defense Alliance and GFA
  • 60,000 square foot facility
  • 50+ employees

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