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Purchasing Manager

Battle Creek, MI · Manufacturing
Responsible for all procurement activities including the following: development & implementation of purchasing strategies; analysis/negotiations of material quotations and selection of qualified suppliers; cost reduction and other development/training programs; management of the supplier base; market studies and trends analysis; managing all production and MRO procurement activities to ensure that good purchasing practices are maintained.
Principle Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Analyze quotations using comprehensive purchasing principles/concepts/practices in the field of specialization for cost/price and value analyses to select, recommend or develop alternative suppliers.
  • Ensure and assist supplier training for relevant processes, procedures and/or methodologies.
  • Provide guidance and direction to Plant Purchasing/Buyer Facilitators and Coordinators to achieve company procurement objectives
  • Assist commodity team training, developing work plans and organizing data to support analysis and bidding process.
  • Develop and maintain necessary records of purchase, price, supplier/vendor, specifications and catalog files.
  • Conduct market and material studies; research and evaluate benefits of contract or open-market purchases, and/or benefits of out-sourcing.


Knowledge, Skill, and Ability Requirements:
  • Comprehensive knowledge of purchasing function concepts and supplier commodity processes and practices.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people in a team environment.
  • Good written, oral and interpersonal skills.
  • Good understanding of purchasing& current supply chain management techniques, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to negotiate multi-plant supply agreements and coordinate multi-plant programs.
  • Ability to understand and communicate technical information.
  • Thorough knowledge of quality practices, systems and procedures.
  • Good computer skills (Word, Excel, and other purchasing systems)
Education and Experience Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 8 – 10 years purchasing experience.
  • CPM Preferred.

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