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Category Buyer

  • St. Joseph, MI

Point One

Our client, a very dynamic, rapidly evolving, market leading $450M durable goods manufacturing company in SW Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan, has an immediate direct hire opening at their facility in St. Joseph.

The client operates in a high mix and high SKU count environment including raw commodities, components, and finished goods. The company has over 30,000 active SKUs and purchases over 6,000 distinct sku’s annually.

The Category Buyer will be responsible for the purchasing of goods and work with the Global Commodity Director in optimizing sourcing strategy within a $10M-$15M category. The Category Buyer will work with a cross functional team to optimize the category metrics including spend savings, supplier & inventory metrics while ensuring a robust, risk mitigated supply chain where conforming products are sourced, developed, qualified, and delivered on time.

This position reports to the Director of Global Commodities

Key Skills:

  • Collecting and analyzing data to identify and recommend areas of opportunity
  • Accurately assess supplier capability to meet product and supplier performance expectations
  • Demonstrated history of thriving in a high pace, demanding environment
  • Continuous improvement mindset
  • Ability to self-motivate and work independently in a complex environment
  • Basic understanding of various manufacturing processes (i.e. metal forming, casting, molding, machining, assembly, finishing, etc.)

Essential Functions:

  • Review purchase requisitions, place purchase orders, issue change notices, review exception messages to ensure delivery of materials or services as necessary to adhere to production schedules
  • Interact with stakeholders (Product Management, Sales, & operation leaders) to optimize product planning requirements
  • Lead RFQ’s with the goal to reduce supplier count and generate spend savings in category
  • Interact with suppliers to communicate delivery expectations, forecasts, design changes, lead time management, and material expedites or delays to ensure suppliers meet Supplier On-Time Delivery
  • Monitors and rates supplier performance through delivery/quality reports, on-site audits and daily communication.
  • Ensure continuous supply of required goods and materials and communicate any supply problems which may pose a risk or impact on business operations. Identify back-up supply and exit strategy for critical suppliers.
  • Works through various quality issues including handling rejected materials, notifying supplier of quality problems, processing defective parts, determine source of trouble and take corrective action.
  • Resolves problems related to purchasing, delivery, receiving and payment to the supplier.
  • Attain cost reduction goals through detailed cost/spend analysis, cost model development and implementation, supplier lean events, or through the use of various other cost management tools.
  • Optimize Commodity Execution: Reduce waste and redundancy by identifying like materials as candidates for potential SKU count reduction, identify and execute supply base consolidation opportunities, and develop and implement a robust process to ensure
  • Establish inventory management programs (VMI) to reduce administrative burden associated with the order management process.
  • Ability to maintain control of multiple projects to meet timing and anticipates and resolves ‘roadblocks’ for successful part PPAP and launch
  • Researches, analyzes, and forecasts current and future buying trends, markets, styles, and products

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3-5 year of relevant work experience
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills (MS Word/Excel/PowerPoint)
    • MRP/EPR experience a plus but not required
  • APICS or ISM Certification preferred

The client’s supply chain functions are rapidly evolving and innovating. This is a highly visible position that can lead to future leadership roles.

If you would like to be considered for this role, please share a full resume with contact information to steve@pointonerecruiting.com and let’s chat!

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Steve Torosian

Senior Vice President of Recruitment
General Manufacturing


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