Purchasing Manager


Fanklin, TN


Job Title: Purchasing Manager

Location: Spring Hill, TN

Department: Purchasing Status: Exempt

Reports to: Director of Supply Chain

Shift: First

The purchasing manager will be responsible for directs and performs all activities regarding the purchase of materials and supplies. Duties include managing containment of costs, negotiations, relationship management, risk mitigation, and strategic initiatives.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain a high-performance culture, resulting in continued success meeting functional KPIs and improved levels of customer service to interior and exterior customers;
  • Liaise with multiple departments such as Sales, Product Development, Scheduling and Warehouse personnel to ensure alignment of activities and objectives;
  • Plan, organize, manage, and evaluate the work of Category Managers; establish programs and initiatives to meet departmental goals and objectives to achieve optimal efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Participate in developing the monitoring of performance against the annual operating budget and streamlining costs;
  • Direct the development of formal and informal bids;
  • Ensures all applicable legal and contractual provisions are met; direct and participate in the solicitation, evaluation and award of bids; perform or assist others in the performance of price/cost analysis;
  • Strong understanding of MRP, Inventory Control and Work Order Management in a manufacturing environment;
  • Inventory Management – stay within company goals for all inventory metrics;
  • Provides monthly reporting for measuring goal attainment as directed from company and department KPIs;
  • Maintains rapport and good working relationships with suppliers;
  • Works in collaboration with Sales and Product Development to understand business needs, global market insights, risks and opportunities with external and internal customers;
  • Coordinate the storage, repurpose, and disposal of surplus materials;
  • Continue to develop supplier performance metrics by measurement of Supplier Scorecards;
  • Espouses a positive and productive work environment;
  • Demonstrates professionalism in all interactions with others;
  • Stays abreast of trends and advances applicable to commodity responsibilities;
  • Follow cGMP guidelines and processes as established in department SOPs;
  • Perform other duties deemed necessary.

Requirements and Skills:

  • High school diploma or GED required, Bachelor’s degree in business, operations or technical field, or relevant and applicable work experience preferred;
  • 5+ years purchasing experience;
  • Good communication skills, internal and external;
  • Customer Service oriented;
  • Analytical and good math skills;
  • Take charge attitude and initiative;
  • Effective negotiating skills;
  • Life/career experience that demonstrates attainment of goals and effectiveness in problem solving;
  • Basic understanding of terms and conditions;
  • Familiarity with industry current good manufacturing practice requirements;
  • Intermediate use of MS Office;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Able to aggregate information into a summary presentation for management review;
  • Experience with ERP systems such as JDE.

Work Conditions & Physical Requirements

  • Ability to sit and stand for extended hours;
  • Ability to view a computer screen and type for extended hours;
  • Work environment is normally in an office setting. Must be able to make occasional rounds in a warehouse environment;
  • Ability to work around a variation of different smells and aromas;
  • Other physical requirements include occasional squatting, bending, twisting, and bi-lateral hand and wrist movement;
  • Ability to adjust work schedule as business needs require. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
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