NOW HIRING INTERNATIONAL WOOD BUYER
Breedlove Guitars is seeking an international wood buyer with experience procuring musical tonewoods. This position will be responsible for managing, procuring and sourcing musical tonewoods for Two Old Hippies (TOH). Responsibilities including traveling internationally and domestically to visit mills, suppliers, and other wood sources to inspect facilities for legal, ethical, and sustainability concerns, to build relationships and to negotiate pricing and contracts. The wood buyer will represent TOH in the musical instrument tonewoods community and stay informed as to domestic and global activities, legislation, treaties, etc., that may impact the TOH wood supply. Prior experience purchasing acoustic/musical tonewoods is required.
The main responsibilities of this job include
• Wood planning, budgeting, procurement, and inventory
• Vendor interaction
• Development of procedure for chain-of-custody for each specific tonewood set.
• Liaison for USA and international governmental entities
To be successful in this position you need the following qualifications:
• Minimum of 3 years experience working with acoustic tonewoods.
• Identifying, classing and grading the species and woods.
• Purchasing from wood sources, mills, and other international and domestic suppliers with the ability to negotiate contract pricing.
• Experience buying directly from mills, to specific dimensional and grading requirements.
• Highly knowledgeable of international business practices, import documentation, and all regulations for the import and export of fine tonewoods, especially CITES permits and the Lacey Act.
• Above-average oral and written communication skills: Must have a proven track record of communicating well with a diverse group of suppliers and stakeholders.
• Organized and diligent with feedback to suppliers, and able to manage and provide clear and timely communication.
• A global citizen, comfortable with international travel, sensitive to the requirements of different local customs and able to communicate with vendors of any nationality.
Must be computer proficient (PC), with intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience working in SAP or a similar MRP system is desired.
Must be self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.
Bilingual or multilingual is desired
ABOUT TWO OLD HIPPIES
Two Old Hippies Stringed Instruments is located in Bend, Oregon. Three distinctive stringed-instrument brands live and breathe beneath the Two Old Hippies umbrella: Bedell Guitars, Breedlove Stringed Instruments and Weber Mandolins.
ABOUT BREEDLOVE GUITARS
Since 1990, Breedlove has been a passionate and innovative builder of remarkable stringed instruments, spurred by a desire to challenge convention and build the instruments of tomorrow. Breedlove’s master luthiers craft acoustic guitars, mandolins, basses, and ukuleles for artists seeking self-expression and liberation through music, but make no mistake: Breedlove’s world-class luthiers don’t just build instruments, they design distinctively crafted sound.
If you are a qualified, skilled applicant, please submit your resume via Email