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Purchasing Manager

Job in Saint Cloud - Stearns County - MN Minnesota - USA
Posted by T.O. Plastics
Full Time position
Listed on 2019-05-20
Job specializations:
  • Purchasing
    Inventory Analyst, Merchandise Buyer, Purchasing Manager
  • Management
    Contracts Manager
Job Description & How to Apply Below
Company Overview:
Experience matters. Since 1948, T.O. Plastics has manufactured quality custom thermoformed parts and packaging and provided exceptional service to customers around the world. One of the top 100 thermoforming companies in North America, T.O. Plastics delivers value by focusing on customer needs and by offering a full range of services from design-to-distribution. At T.O. Plastics, we are dedicated to excellence and we leverage our experience and core competency to develop customized, cost-effective solutions for businesses in diverse markets. T.O. Plastics has facilities in both Clearwater and Otsego, Minnesota.

It is our Mission to “delight and serve our customers with innovative thermoform solutions”.

Position Summary:  
The Purchasing Manager is responsible for the day to day purchasing functions, while working collaboratively with production scheduling and other departments.  This function must ensure Purchasing and Production Scheduling are coordinated to ensure that Production has the required parts to produce the end product in an efficient and timely manner.

Safety is # 1 at T.O. Plastics:  Our expectation is that company leadership:
• Continuously strives to reduce the frequency of total employee incidents and injuries.
• Continuously strives to reduce the frequency of employee incident and injuries resulting in days away from work, restricted duty and/or job transfer.
• Minimum compliance achieved on annual safety audits or assessments.
• Maintain operations that are compliant with OSHA and other applicable safety and health regulations.

Essential Functions:
This position is responsible for the following tasks, duties and responsibilities:
• Analyze demand and forecast to issue purchase orders that match the Operational needs.
• Verify purchase orders to final parts received to close orders.
• Review work with the Production Scheduler to assure changes to schedules are monitored and parts are coordinated for the job schedule.  Manage inventory levels in alignment with goals.
• Establish and maintain vendor report card for on time delivery of parts.
• Review, negotiate and approve purchase requisitions.
• Analyze and work with internal technical customers in developing functional specifications.
• Build and maintain Supplier relationships with the objective of reducing costs, eliminating inefficiencies throughout the purchasing cycle and promoting innovation.
• Perform analysis and negotiate commercial terms with suppliers.  Prepare RFQ’s.
• Establish and maintain Outsourcing Schedule to insure on time deliveries of finished products, JIT when and where possible without jeopardizing production effectiveness.
• Utilize pricing and cost analysis techniques to ensure that the organization is receiving the best value for its purchasing dollar.
• Lead and build a strong and strategic Purchasing team, including all MRO requirements to keep operations running efficiently.
• Exercise ethical business practices.
• Other duties as assigned by the Director of Operational Planning & Logistics

Other
• Run reports as required for purchase orders and spend, outside vendors of mfg. parts, and others.      
• Work closely with Engineering on make/buy decisions and design changes.
• Participate in qualifying and selecting new suppliers, including conducting supplier performance visits and monitoring supplier performance.
• Cross training with other Supply Chain roles to serve as back up as needed.

Working Environment and Physical Demands:
• Travel to other company sites, seminars, vendors and supplies via air or car.
• Primarily sedentary work however, may require lifting up to 50 lbs. on occasion when in the warehouse or other operational areas.
• Typically in a controlled office work environment with few physical hazards.
• When in the warehouse and production areas employee may be exposed to temperature extremes, dust and noise requiring hearing protection.
Position Requirements
Bachelor
Education, Experience and Skills Required:
• A bachelor’s degree in business or related field with 3-5 years minimum of applicable experience in a purchasing environment with an MRP/ERP system and understanding of Production Scheduling.  
• Lean Manufacturing experience highly desired.
• Experience in a Thermoforming Manufacturing environment and with applicable Resins knowledge preferred but not required.
• APICS Certification and or Purchasing Certification a plus as well as basic knowledge of Lean Principles.
• Microsoft Office products and Outlook computer skills.
• Strong customer service, negotiation, contract management skills.
• Good communication skills, verbal and written.
• Good organizational skills, attention to detail and planning abilities.
• Sound critical thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills.
Required Language Skills:
  • English - Very good
Contact Information
Contact Name: T.O. Plastics
Contact Phone: 3205585606
Preferred method of contact: Email with CV via Application Box below.
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