Specific Accountabilities

  • Select and evaluate suppliers
  • Analyze quotations
  • Obtain materials at lowest possible cost with considerations of quality, reliability and urgency of need. Seek out new/alternative suppliers to meet needs
  • Negotiate with suppliers to obtain best agreement possible with regard to delivery, quality, price and terms
  • Monitor inventory levels and determine inventory replenishment needs in order to avoid out-of-stocks and maximize inventory turns
  • Formulate and run demand calculations
  • Determine minimum reorder quantities
  • Analyze profit performance of key sku’s using company analytics to identify opportunities for profit improvement
  • Enter purchase orders into the ERP system, ensure receipt of purchase order acknowledgements/confirmations and verify costs
  • Closely monitor “expected dates” to avoid product shortages and work with vendors to meet product delivery requirements
  • Run open purchase order report daily and reconcile as necessary
  • Communicate daily with Customer Care Reps, Operations and Sales to keep all apprised of status of purchase orders
  • Work with key vendors to develop fast accurate quoting for Tier 1 customers- Goal is 1-day quoting
  • Set-up new items/products in system
  • Work with Customer Service and Sales to ensure custom order product specifications are complete and correct seeking multiple product quotes
  • Develop and maintain necessary records and files for efficient operation
  • Propose improvements to the purchasing function
  • Document all changes to purchasing procedures
  • Assure purchasing procedure compliance
  • Establish/maintain positive working relationships with vendors
  • Maintain history of price increases by vendor
  • Notify CSR’s and sales personnel of price increases and effected sku’s
  • Work with key vendors to establish creative programs for joint growth and possible rebate programs
  • Support the efforts and goals of the Purchasing Manager.

Education/ Experience/ Knowledge/Skills Required

  • College degree or equivalent work experience
  • Packaging experience preferred
  • 3 to 5 years’ experience in purchasing
  • Strong Communication and Organizational skills, able to influence and lead
  • Project Management skills
  • Packaging industry knowledge
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft environment and able to adapt to new software programs
  • Analyze profit performance of key SKU’s and make profit improvement recommendations
  • The Purchasing Group is a key member of the profit enhancement team providing customer analysis making recommendations for profit improvement and customer satisfaction
  • Risk based thinking (recommendations for reducing risk)

Physical Elements

  • Must be able to push, pull and lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to use a telephone and computer for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, crouch, sit and walk frequently
  • Must be able to read and write clearly in English

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