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Job Description

Primary Functions

Responsible for purchasing specific stock lines and non-stock products to meet customer and inventory needs.   Identify purchasing needs, negotiate with suppliers, inventory management, and overall supplier performance management as it relates to fill rates, on time delivery, obsolescence, returns, and overall terms.  Assist in development and qualification of suppliers, identifying vendor and obtaining competitive quotes/bids.   Review and analyze price, delivery quotes and coordinating purchase requirements with customer, company and/or program needs. 

Monitor stock inventory levels, company trends and needs and vendor incentives/programs and make recommendation for most desirable buy levels and product mix.  Analyze forecasts, make inventory management recommendations and coordinate scheduled inventory readjustments within vendor guidelines.  Monitor market and buying conditions and make recommendations for commodity buys that ensure optimum price.  Monitor, verify and maintain purchase records and correspondence. 

Major Duties & Responsibilities

Analyze and act on purchase recommendations generated by the materials management system, includes generating purchase orders, communicating POs to suppliers, receiving acknowledgements, and performing PO maintenance as needed.

Accountable for pricing negotiations and long term agreements, managing total cost requirements. Leverage weighted buying opportunities when given pricing or term incentives.

Review fill rate performance on a regular basis and initiate corrective actions where necessary. Manage obsolete/excess inventory.

Communicate with suppliers regarding shipping performance, open POs, expedite/defer requests, and other issues as needed.

Resolve problem shipments with suppliers, receiving issues, packaging standards, problem invoices (mismatched vouchers) with suppliers.

Communicate service and inventory issues to management and across departments.


Bachelors degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in business or supply chain.  Minimum 3 years inventory management experience with increasing levels of responsibility. Knowledge of market place and commodity buying concepts and criteria.  Ability to negotiate with a wide variety of internal and external customers and vendors, research, analysis and strong communication and negotiation skills required. Knowledge of Gordon Graham Purchasing Principles required.  APICS certification strongly preferred.

Ability to decipher verbal information and instructions in person, via telephone and electronic media.  Ability to communicate information in-person, via telephone and electronic media.

Ability to use business system software to retrieve and update information.  Ability to use a wide variety of office equipment, word processing, spreadsheet and database management software.  Strong attention to detail and previous experience/education with data retrieval and analysis within a multiple function business system required.  Experience working with materials management systems in a distribution environment. Experience with INFOR platform prefered. Advanced PC skills including Microsoft Office package with an emphasis on Excel.

Horizon Solutions is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and fully supports Affirmative Action.

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Purchasing - Procurement
Education 4 Year Degree
Experience At least 3 year(s)
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Other Great Industries
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 2019-1189
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