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The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a successful manufacturing social enterprise, with over 60 years of experience in precision machining, that is committed to making jobs accessible to individuals who are blind. Our manufacturing operations center on producing an array of machined parts and plastic injection molding for various aerospace manufacturers, as well as a host of office products and hydration equipment sold to the Federal Government under the AbilityOne Program. The Lighthouse offers Contract Management Support closeout services for commercial, federal, and military customers. We also run a Contact Center, which places and receives inbound and outbound calls for a large span of assorted clients. Lastly, we operate eight AbilityOne Base Supply Centers (BSCs) up and down the west coast that offer easy customer access to Lighthouse products, direct feedback and communication with customers, and employment opportunities for individuals who are blind in geographic areas not served by larger nonprofit agencies.

 If you are interested in being a part of a dynamic and engaged social enterprise that values: Accessibility, Accountability, Communication, Community, Confidentiality, Respect, Safety, Teamwork, Training, and Upward Mobility, you are encouraged to apply for the below position.


Assist with the purchasing activities in support of Base Supply Center store operations. Coordinate with stores to assure receipt of merchandise to meet customer requirements. Provide exceptional customer service to help or understand customers with regards to appropriate product selection.


  • Gathers technical data and/or detailed product specifications.
  • Provides and facilitates outstanding communication to in store personnel as well as customers in regards to special requests.
  • Tracks special order requests from start to completion.
  • Maintains a current awareness of office products, brand advantages and product differences.
  • Purchases store inventory to meet min/max expectations and special customer requests.
  • Analyze sales history to determine sales trends; reorder accordingly as well as suggests inventory levels.
  • Ensures system integrity by regularly auditing transactions.
  • Balances inventory to ensure ability to meet customer demands while limiting the amount of capitol tied up in inventory.
  • Assists in identifying, selling, or disposing of slow-moving or obsolete inventory.
  • Assists with inventory count process and reconciliation.
  • Educates store personnel on new products to improve sales volume.
  • Reports inventory turns.
  • Identifies potential problems and recommends solutions such as vendor returns, price changes or marketing activities.
  • Establishes and maintains good working relationships with suppliers.
  • Request and reviews quotations for unique/special buys, selects suppliers based on "best value" for customer.
  • Evaluates supplier costs, quality and delivery on an ongoing basis.
  • Maintains vendor records, POCs, pricelists, contract and product information.
  • Remains aware of new technologies, products and suppliers that can help BSCs improve sales and margins.
  • Must be familiar with AbilityOne agencies, their product offering, and capabilities.
  • Monitors purchase orders to evaluate, prioritize and plan.
  • Communicates with suppliers to expedite priority purchase orders when required.
  • Monitors open purchase orders. Updates PO notes and store managers regarding delayed merchandise or supplier problems
  • Updates PO details to reflect revised delivery dates, changes in costs, canceled quantities or any other adjustments necessary to keep store personnel current and records accurate for accounting
  • Introduces new ideas and suggestions to improve processes and maintain system accuracy
  • Work assigned hours, responsible for accuracy of time sheets, and notifies supervisor of any absences per policy
  • Communicates with supervisor regarding any uncertainty regarding work instructions
  • Maintain product quality and standards of the store by constantly facing products, making sure older products are in front to promote first in/first out concept, and ensure any carton/product damage is fixed or reported for disposition
  • Maintain professional appearance
  • Represent Lighthouse organization and AbilityOne in a positive manner.
  • May assist in receiving process to understand the entire process chain.
  • Complies with all Lighthouse and store policies and procedures.
  • Complies with BSC "best practices" standards.
  • Complies with all safety requirements.
  • Complies with all federal and local legal requirements.
  • Complies with base rules and contractual requirements.
  • Complies with TAA and country of origin requirements
  • Uniform and approved apparel as well as name tags/ID required.
  • Commitment to Lighthouse mission and values.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Requirements:

  • AA degree or CPM certification required.
  • 5+ years of experience in Purchasing.
  • Ability to read drawings, understand technical specifications, MIL-SPEC, NSNs and other governing laws or regulations concerning lawful government procurement.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50lbs (box of copy paper).
  • Must be able to work on concrete floors that may be uneven. Standing, stooping, bending, stretching throughout shift.
  • Must be able to safely use warehouse equipment, climb ladders and load and unload delivery vehicles.
  • Must communicate in a pleasant, polite, and professional manner with both customers and employees.
  • Must be proficient with basic math.
  • Must be able to build basic spreadsheets with simple formulas in Excel.
  • Must have excellent analytical and sound decision making.
  • Must be fluent in English, written and spoken.
  • Commitment to Lighthouse mission.
  • Ability to work schedule as assigned.

Equal Opportunity Employer, Male / Female / Persons with Disabilities / VEVRAA


Must be willing to submit to a background check. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document forms upon hire.


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The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a successful manufacturing social enterprise, with over 60 years of experience in precision machining, that is committed to making jobs accessible to individuals who are blind. Our manufacturing…

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  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    2-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level





Competitive salary

Generous 6% 403B retirement matching plan

Health care plan options

Paid time off

Up to 11 paid holidays

Pre-tax transit account


Guide dog friendly workplace

Interpreters offered to support 17+ languages spoken        including ASL


Professional development

Competitive tuition reimbursement program

American Sign Language (ASL)

Braille literacy

Computer training

Disability & blind awareness training

White cane training

Independent travel program

DeafBlind program

Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Program (AJAC)


Competitive salary

Generous 6% 403B retirement matching plan

Health care plan options

Paid time off

Up to 11 paid holidays

Pre-tax transit account…

Level of Language Proficiency




Work must be performed in or near Seattle, WA
Associated Location
Seattle, WA, USA

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