Buyer - Raw Materials Job

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Primary Location: Greenville, SC

Job Tile: Buyer - Raw Materials

Job Number: 2017-48527

Date Posted: 7-21-2017

Job Summary:

The Materials Buyer is responsible for expedite purchase order requests for timely delivery of necessary raw materials/components to satisfy production requirements and achieve company objectives. This role will manage supplier data as it relates to updating cost for materials, lead-times, and current Nutra specifications for such materials and components.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Manage supplier’s deliver performance to maintain on time deliveries above 96%
  • When needed, conduct negotiations to obtain favorable pricing, delivery, and other procurement terms
  • Respond to quality issues when out of spec material has been receive by issuing Corrective Action / Preventative Action (CAPA) to the supplier requesting immediate action to resolve the issue
  • Ability to develop and achieve goals in cost reduction, supplier performance, and process improvement


  • Effectively purchase items and/or materials for which the Buyer is responsible
  • Ensure that all Purchase Orders are placed on time to meet production demands
  • Assist in the development of additional or alternate sources of supply
  • Determine sources of accounting issues and reconcile inventory discrepancies
  • Maintain effective communication with suppliers to resolve delivery/receiving issues
  • Attend meetings with suppliers when needed, to manage Nutra’s /buyer’s expectations
  • Promote and maintain good company relations with suppliers and internal departments
  • Manage and update system inputs to keep lead times and pricing information accurate
  • Ensure that all inbound orders have been shipped with the necessary documents as requested within the Purchase Order (Packing slips, COA, Bill of Lading)
  • Negotiate claims with suppliers from damaged or defective material

Special projects and other assignments as needed

Job Specifications:


· 5+ years purchasing experience dealing with Materials Procurement (Pulp &Paper, Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical, Chemicals, Oils, or other FDA/GMP food ingredients manufacturing)

· 5+ years of proficient experience in MS Office Products (Word, Excel, Outlook)

· 5+ years experience with ordering from planned and unplanned order demands


· 5-7 years materials planning and execution experience

· 5-7 years of ERP or MRP system experience (SAP, IFS, MAPICS, Oracle)



· Associates Degree in Business Management, Supply Chain or related field OR 3 years equivalent business experience in the related field may be substituted for minimum educational requirements


· Bachelor degree in Business Management, Supply Chain or related field

· Certified Professional in Supply Chain Management (CPSM) or other industry training and/or certification


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations as requested may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

· Advanced understanding of ERP or MRP systems preferred (SAP, IFS, MAPICS, Oracle)

· Advanced knowledge of MS Office Suite, proficiency in MS Access database is highly preferred

· Proactive work style and approach when working with suppliers regarding out of stock and non-conforming material

· Strong change management skills to drive continuous improvements

· Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills for dealing with vendors (phone, email, and in-person)

· Clear and effective written and verbal communication skills

· Excellent organizational skills

· Ability to function effectively at both strategic and tactical levels

· Excellent ability to follow through and complete task on time

· Ability to work with minimum supervision

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