position title: buyer
location: chicago, il (hybrid)
position id: 6016


Job summary from the company:

Are you a proactive and strategic-minded professional with a passion for procurement and supply chain management? Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment where your decision-making skills directly impact operational efficiency and profitability? If you are looking to make a direct impact and thrive in a dynamic environment, we invite you to join our fast-growing organization!


Who We Are:

We are a team of innovators in packaging materials, contract packaging, and automation solutions. With an engineering mindset and creative flexibility, we aim to lead the industry by consistently improving our performance and meeting the highest standards. Our mission is to delight customers by delivering quality services consistently on time, keeping promises, and building lasting relationships.


We strive to disrupt the packaging industry from every angle.


We are looking for a highly organized, attentive, and independent individual for this high-paced Senior Buyer role to drive the success of our business.


What Your Day Will Consist of:


Smart Purchasing Decisions to Maximize Profit:

  • Responsible for purchasing all inventoried items and ensuring inventory is committed to by customers to mitigate inventory risk and maximize profitability.
  • Mitigate aged inventory and ensure effective communication of vendor price increases to impacted customers for profitability objectives.
  • Leading contributor to our procurement dashboard metrics


Procurement Process:

  • Monitor and manage a Supply Chain email inbox with multiple incoming emails daily.
  • Place all orders for open items by End of Day (EOD).
  • Ensure accurate pricing before placing purchase orders (POs).
  • Confirm and expedite open purchase orders, paying special attention to high-priority orders.
  • Interact with external vendors to ensure requirements are met and resolve issues regarding open orders.
  • Oversee daily supply chain processes and procedures (purchasing, inventory returns, quote requests, etc.).
  • Contribute to the month-end close to ensure accurate inventory and purchase order reporting.
  • Manage our fleet transportation schedule
  • Key member of the replenishment team and purchase decisions


Relationship Management:

  • Act as a liaison between Sales/Customer Service, Finance, and Warehouse operations for purchasing-related issues.
  • Communicate with co-workers, customers, partners, and suppliers in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Respond to supply chain-related inquiries and foster positive relationships.
  • Ensure vendor data and contacts are up to date.
  • Lead quarterly business reviews with our top vendors and partners.
  • Manage the “rebate matrix” by vendor to best track and optimize spend with vendor incentives and rebates
  • Negotiate and manage price changes by vendor (increases/decreases), including price sheet entry review
  • Assist in sourcing and vendor price maintenance when needed


Continuous Improvement:

  • Make recommendations to improve productivity, quality, and efficiency of purchasing operations.


Problem Solving and Communication:

  • Resolve billing and shipping problems and provide information to suppliers.
  • Communicate with vendors to ensure schedules are met to satisfy customer expectations.
  • Lead communication internally, specifically sales regarding aged items and leading weekly aged inventory results and metrics.


Assist with special projects as requested.


What does success look like? (What You’ll do – Mission of the role)


The mission of the role is to manage the purchasing process, process purchase orders, negotiate with suppliers, track orders, create and maintain inventory, organize vendor data, provide quality assurance, and liaise with required departments to ensure all POs match SO requirements.


What We Expect of You


  • Creative: You are always thinking about ways for the company to buy better and turn inventory faster. Thinking outside the box to creatively solve inventory and fulfillment-related issues. Never compromise or waver against company purchasing and inventory turnover goals and customer delivery timelines.


  • Intelligent / Learner: You learn complex concepts quickly. You demonstrate the ability to proficiently understand and absorb new information. You grasp new concepts quickly and challenge the status quo.


  • Need for Achievement / Work Ethic: You are ambitious and strive for excellence. You set challenging goals and hold yourself accountable for exceeding them. You are willing to work as hard as it takes to get things done.


  • Curiosity: You are interested in the systems and advanced technologies that the company has implemented where it impacts your role. You want to learn more about what the system can do for you.


  • Organization / Efficiency: You are organized and orderly. You work efficiently and effectively with minimal wasted time. You focus on key priorities and maximize time spent on purchasing decisions and use applicable tools to streamline your tasks. You are process-driven.


  • Customer-focused: white-glove service advocate.


Required Experience
  • A bachelor’s degree in business, supply chain management, procurement, or a related field is required.
  • Competence using ERP
  • Proven experience in strategic sourcing, procurement, or supply chain management.
  • Prior packaging experience


What Challenges We Expect


  • There is a significant learning curve in this role, with custom solutions and over 250,000+ SKUs from a range of specialized and trusted partners (vendors/suppliers). The amount of information may feel overwhelming at first.
  • We have cutting-edge tools and technologies that will take time to learn how and when to best apply.


How company supports


  • You will have a team around you to help you perform in your role.
  • Tools and training for effective analysis of trends and data.
  • Key vendor partner support network to make smart purchasing decisions.
  • Robust ERP to manage inventory and support in automated replenishment of inventory.
  • The supply chain and accounting coordinator & Customer Success Team will assist with PODs, delivery documents, and accurate PO delivery dates


What You’ll Earn
  • Aggressive compensation, 401K, Competitive benefits, Vacation, etc.


If you are interested in this role, please send your updated resume to angelo@centraljobs.com or call directly at 440-772-1015.

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