Buyer (must speak Mandarin)

About Us

Shearwater Research is a privately held, profitable technology company which is the world leader in the field of technical diving computers and rebreather oxygen controllers. Based in Richmond, British Columbia, we have dealers in over 70 countries, and service centers in Canada, USA, UK, and New Zealand. We take pride in our corporate culture of high energy excellence, with self-managed professionals who thrive in delivering results in a tangible, visible manner. We are a fast growing company with a very bright future.

We provide a culture that embraces innovation, passion, and performance excellence. We offer professional growth opportunities and a dynamic, informal, and engaging workplace. Join our team and enjoy an inspiring environment, where challenging and interesting work is part of daily life. We invite you to check us out at


About the position:

Due to continued growth, we are hiring a permanent, full-time Buyer for our production facility located in North Richmond.

Who are you?

  • You take pride in being accountable for your work
  • You are a very organized and self-motivated person
  • You work hard, have very high attention to detail and high-quality standards for your work
  • You are honest, thorough and reliable
  • You are a good communicator and are willing to lead improvement projects

Key Tools:

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV ERP
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft Office 365 suite including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Planner, SharePoint and Outlook
  • Qlik
  • Issue View
  • BOM Explorer
  • Computer and printer


Working alongside our current Buyers and Supply Chain Manager, this position will have the following responsibilities:

Manage Category Purchasing:

Will be responsible for running of MRP, exception report, late report, vendor visits etc. for your categories of raw materials (includes approx. 250 parts). The range of categories may include:

  • Injection Molded Parts
  • CNC parts
  • Printed Circuit Assemblies
  • Fasteners/O-rings
  • Springs/Metalwork and gold plating
  • Cables/Connectors
  • Accessories for finished products

Assist with Quality Control Issues and CAPAs:

  • Communicating the failure results to vendors
  • Ensuring that parts are sent back for rework/repair and scheduling when replacement parts will be sent back
  • Ensuring the inventory in the ERP system is accurate
  • Engaging the vendor in the CAPA process to ensure proper actions are taken by the vendor to prevent further issues from happening again.

Drive Supply Chain Excellence in your category thru various projects:

  • Engaging in strategic sourcing or vendor consolidation projects
  • Manage and improve Category and Supplier Performance Evaluations
  • Improve operating margin and reducing COGs
  • Increase inventory turns

Other important tasks related to Category Purchasing you will be asked to assist in:

  • Supplier on-boarding and visits
  • Periodic re-order point review and adjustment
  • Engineering change notice (ECN) updates to parts in your categories
  • Inventory discrepancy investigations
  • Updating SOPs to match current processes

Over time we expect the person in this role to develop into a successful backup for our current staff and increased responsibilities are possible over time with proven excellence in the role.

Attend and host meetings as required:

  • Supply Chain meeting
  • Vendor visits
  • Coaching meeting with the manager
  • Ad-hoc improvement meetings

Skills and Qualifications:

Our products are known for their quality & reliability. Our products are sold to divers who dive in extreme environments and peoples’ lives depend on the computers we build. Because of this the quality of your work and your attention to detail is of utmost importance.

  • Minimum of 2 years' experience as a Buyer in a similar field
  • Some completed post-secondary education required
  • Education in supply chain management, purchasing, inventory management, business, logistics or operations management preferred
  • Experience using an ERP system (Preferably MS Dynamics NAV 2013) required
  • Experience with online ordering, email and Microsoft office products required
  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment preferred
  • Certification such as APICS or SCMP are preferred

Beneficial Experience:

  • Scuba diving or interest in company sponsored scuba training

These are some of the benefits Shearwater employees enjoy:

  • These are some of the benefits Shearwater employees enjoy:
  • Group RSP with company matching contributions 100% up to an annual maximum of $2,500
  • Competitive vacation allowance that increases over time. First-come, first-served for vacation requests
  • 5 personal days per calendar year (paid out if not used) and above your vacation allowance (after 3-month probationary period)
  • Enhanced Health and Dental medical plan $3,500 for married/$1,750 for single (extremely flexible plan, no co-pay or monthly fee)
  • Open-water and advanced diving training covered; including dry suit and possibly more as approved by a manager
  • Free dive equipment rentals and air fills, diving training available to all staff
  • Possible annual bonuses based on the annual financial performance of the company
  • $1000 employee referral bonus


Next steps:

If you are interested or know someone who is, please send the resume to Only possible candidates will be contacted. Please do not contact us by phone or email at this time.

Thank you and good luck!

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Contact and Next Steps

Please submit your resume and cover letter by email to