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Purchasing | Buffalo, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Professional Plastics, a leading distributor of high-performance engineering plastic shapes, is currently offering great career opportunities in the plastics industry. We are a family-owned and operated business that values hard work, integrity and ethics. We are interested in hiring motivated professionals who share our core values and desire to be part of a dynamic team. Established in 1984, Professional Plastics has grown to 21 locations across the USA, Singapore & Taiwan. Professional Plastics is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive pay and benefits.

Summary: Work closely with internal stakeholders and external suppliers to develop and implement strategic commodity plans for all assigned categories at the lowest total cost. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: includes the following, as well as other duties that may be  assigned.  

  • Develop management strategies for assigned commodities
  • Work with internal stakeholders to define requirements for sourcing objectives
  • Evaluate competitive offers and present sourcing options that meet business requirements
  • Ensure selected suppliers are compliant to service level agreements
  • Lead the category and supplier spend management activities with respective spend areas.
  • Conduct cost and spend analysis in order to develop cost savings initiatives through various cost reduction options
  • Carry out administrative responsibilities that effectively manage projects and contracting activities
  • Lead and expedite vendor selection and purchasing decisions through appropriate competitive bid and strategic sourcing processes
  • Achieve cost reduction savings targets
  • Monitor, manage and report on achievements on key purchasing indicators in line with department requirements
  • Respond to unforeseen supply failures, working with suppliers to avoid supply chain interruptions
  • Identify industry trends and market development for respective categories
  • Responsible for gathering relevant benchmark data, and supply market intelligence

Education and/or Experience: 

  • Comprehensive understanding of distribution
  • Experience with managing a total portfolio in excess of $10M
  • Capable of leading negotiations of pricing contracts
  • Strong knowledge of the key aspects of the RFQ sourcing process
  • Ability to understand and develop purchasing plans for stocking materials at different warehouses
  • Results driven, self-starter, problem solver with proven ability to drive projects to a successful conclusion
  • Team oriented and excellent communication skills
  • MRP/ERP experience a plus

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Certified Professional Purchasing Manager (CPPM) a plus 

Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran

Full Benefits Package: Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Account, 401K Plan, Basic Life and AD&D, Voluntary Life Insurance, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability and Employee Assistance Program

Job Type: Full-time