High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Fifth year college or university program certificate; or five or more years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Ability to type, familiarity with Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel spreadsheets, and Vantage operations software package.
*Certified Purchasing Manager Certification (CPM Optional)
*American Production and Inventory Control Society Certified (APICS Optional)
*Chemical purchasing experience preferred.
Review and place purchase orders verbally, electronically, or via fax for all raw materials or finished goods and outside services. Establish and implement purchasing strategies, policies, and procedures. Collaborate with Plant Management to establish inventory safety stock levels, reorder amounts, and lead times for all raw materials and finished goods. Collaborate with Lab Management to source new and alternative raw materials. Establish, build, and maintain relationships with all key suppliers. Negotiate pricing, contracts, and payment terms with suppliers. Review and resolve any discrepancies with supplier invoices, grievances, claims, conflicts, product non-conformance or quality issues. Prepare and maintain supplier evaluation forms. Manage J.I.T and rush sourcing. Provide raw material projections to key suppliers to ensure product availability on a timely basis. Evaluate all purchase orders to ensure that order quantities are the most cost effective possible for material and freight costs. Arrange supplier meetings with appropriate TSE personnel to review and resolve any problems or issues as needed. Communicate all pertinent issues and concerns regarding suppliers, raw materials, and finished goods to all appropriate TSE Management. Maintain a teamwork approach in communicating past due raw materials and packaging to Customer Service and the Production Team. Expedite past due items in with the priority needed to maintain normal flow of product through the manufacturing area and to meet the anticipated delivery dates of our customers. Operate within the confines of the existing ISO program. Assist divisional department Managers and Directors in the commodity markets to determine present and future material availability. Develop and prepare instructions regarding purchasing systems and procedures. Analyze market and delivery conditions to determine present and future material availability. Review purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy. Perform vendor evaluation and selection. Challenge the process to provide continuous improvement. Create procedures to ensure accurate processing. Responsible for making decisions that will positively affect the bottom line of the company. Initiate and report cost reduction programs. Develop and maintain departmental budgets. Manage Direct Reports.