AML Oceanographic

May 26, 2014

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Job Category: 
Management and Operations
Job Specialization: 
Manufacturing and Production
Company Overview: 

Based in Sidney, British Columbia, AML Oceanographic designs, manufactures, sells, and services instrumentation for the ocean sensing market. Our customers are located in more than 100 countries and include military, commercial, and academic organizations in the fields of hydrography, scientific research, environmental monitoring, and offshore construction.  

As the only provider of field-swappable sensor-heads in our industry, AML is in a unique position to simplify recalibration, maximize system redundancy, and increase customer return on investment. Established in 1974, over the past two years we have grown by 50%; we believe that our focus on product differentiation is one of the keys to our success.

Job Summary: 

Do you have a passion for customer delight? Are you able to keep all the balls in the air, effortlessly? Are you someone who pushes for accountability, with clear decisions and action? Do you enjoy working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment? 

AML’s manufacturing operations are growing by 20% per year and we use speed of delivery as a critical differentiator. To date, vendor management has not been a strategic focus; you will make supply chain improvement your torch! Your supplier relationships and solutions focus will be a key ingredient to our ability to deliver faster than our competitors.


As Purchaser, you are responsible for ensuring the timely arrival of quality components at a reasonable price. You work closely with a wide variety of stakeholders throughout the organization, including Sales, Inventory Control, Engineering, and Accounting. You have a formidable ability to juggle multiple and competing priorities.

Key Metrics

At AML, we believe strongly in the power of metrics to guide priorities and daily activities. Key metrics for this position will include: 

Key Responsibilities

Working together with the Inventory, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Accounting teams, you will:

  • Generate specifications in accordance with requirements
  • Source and evaluate new suppliers and sub-contractors
  • Motivate new and existing suppliers to meet AML service expectations
  • Collect and compare estimates and quotations from qualified suppliers
  • Negotiate with suppliers to achieve incremental improvement in best package (price, quality, delivery, terms, and customer service) beyond original offer
  • Select suppliers based on best purchasing package (price, quality, delivery, terms, and customer service)
  • Emit purchase orders, secure delivery commitments, and communicate AML delivery timelines and dependencies to internal team members
  • Liaise with suppliers to assure on-time delivery and problem-solve as necessary
  • Coordinate vendor returns for non-conforming items
  • Complete supplier inspections as required
  • Assist / back-up other team members as required

Required Knowledge & Skills

To be successful in this role, you will require the following experience, skills and knowledge:

  • Professional communication skills, both written and oral
  • Formidable organizational and prioritization skills
  • Demonstrated interest in managing details
  • Experience negotiating and brokering complex trade-offs
  • Experience working in a technical, manufacturing environment
  • Experience working with ERP / MRP systems
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel / Word
  • Comfortable with numbers and numerical analysis
  • Clear ability to connect electronic process (ERP, MRP, PLM, PDM) with day-to-day operations in a way that maximizes success 

You understand that your success in this role is a function of your supplier relationships, and you constantly strive to build and strengthen those relationships.  Moreover, you are technically oriented, both mechanically and electrically.

Preferred Knowledge & Skills 

In addition to the required skills listed above, the following experience, skills and knowledge are deemed advantageous:

  • Experience with the manufacture of commercial or scientific instrumentation
  • Experience purchasing electronic components and machined parts
  • Professional work experience in a customer facing role
  • Education or experience in oceanography or hydrography
  • Experience using Netsuite ERP

Other Requirements 

You are a dedicated team player who truly believes in delighting your internal and external customers. You are entrepreneurial in mind-set and recognize that pragmatism is important in a small company.   Finally, you clearly display the six behaviours that our culture values: 

  • Delights the Customer: Finds solutions. Exhausts all options before giving up.  Cares.  Goes the extra mile.  Builds rapport.  Listens.  Wears the customer’s shoes.
  • Honest & Open: Speaks what he thinks. Does what she says.  Listens to what he doesn’t want to hear. Distinguishes fact from belief.
  • Builds & Strengthens Process: Documents and improves process.  Questions: Is it repeatable?  Scalable? Reliable?  Reconciles electronic process with real world. Avoids work-arounds.  Removes barriers.
  • Innovates & Initiates: Demonstrates inventiveness. Improves product, process, service, team and self.  Develops new ideas.  Believes in the value of change.  Forward thinking.
  • Hungers for the Team Win: Supports the team. Inspires and encourages others.  Offers the best of him / herself. Displays energy and commitment.  Demonstrates the desire to win.
  • Focuses on Execution: Remains focused. Shows discipline.  Commits, completes, and communicates. Strives for clarity: What?  By who?  For when?  Identifies next steps.  Acts with speed. 
How To Apply: 

To apply, please send your application to hr@amloceanographic.com. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.