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Title:  Buyer

Requisition ID:  11341-159

Elk Grove Village, IL, US, 60007

Category:  Maintenance & Skilled Trades
Travel:  No Travel Required
Pay Grade:  92

Job Summary

Ensure that organization receives quality parts, on time, at a fair price consistent with company objectives.  Maintain corporate relationships, facilitate related deployments and initiatives.  Maintain good working relationships with suppliers in line with lean manufacturing practices.  Purchase raw materials, equipment, supplies, and services that meet the organization’s cost, quality, and delivery goals.  Maintains SAP records, procedures, and Policies associated with the Purchasing area.  Participates as an active member of the Supply chain team and contributes to the continuous improvement process.  Supervises Buyers and other Purchasing support staff.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee and manage the procurement process from Requisition, through Purchase order entry and receiving in line with the corporate policy to ensure a smooth flow to completion in the Accounts Payable process.  To include resolution of receiving and pricing issues that impede payment.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of all material transactions including purchases, analyzes, and works to reduce purchase price variance.
  • Responsible for maintaining integrated computer system data in SAP as specified; including pricing, purchase orders, and contracts.
  • Support Corporate Sourcing Initiatives through implementation.
  • Works with Product Development / Technical Group to evaluate and develop new products and sources of supply.
  • Direct purchasing of raw materials and finishing supplies necessary for operations.
  • Reviews and negotiates proposals for the price, delivery time, and quality.
  • Institutes and promotes cost reduction projects.
  • Completes SAP pricing management and workflow details associated with PO oversight.
  • Material master set-up and maintenance
  • Quality complaints and returns management. Resolution of supplier issues tied to stores inventories.
  • Supplier Management System oversight; including tracking of manufacturing run schedules and transportation issues. Provide forecasts as needed.  Working with Quality Manager and Technical oversee communication and tracking of quality issues to resolution including receipt of credits.
  • Review material requests from Planner and order materials as needed to ensure availability. Maintain communication with supplier and Planner as to the status of the order.
  • Process requests for literature, data sheets, MSDS, GHS & FDA regulatory compliance, and samples in line with Government and Corporate policies.
  • MSDS, GHS, and Datasheet management; work with Technical and Environmental departments to ensure up to date documents are on file from the supplier.
  • Maintains communication between Purchasing, Technical, Planning, and manufacturing regarding necessary inventory levels.
  • Create and maintain monthly reports as needed.
  • PO filing & file maintenance
  • Facilitation of ordering of Finishing supplies
  • Expedite deliveries as necessary
  • Participate in identifying cost reduction opportunities in order to meet cost reduction targets.
  • Assists in achieving company goals as needed
  • Vendor management – setup, maintain and monitor
  • Publishes monthly MEA data
  • Assist in achieving equipment downtime initiatives
  • Assist in achieving annual key elements for Strategic Initiatives
  • Supports Continuous Improvement cost reduction initiatives



Required Skills

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree or Associates degree and 5 years equivalent job experience.
  • At least 2 years of purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • SAP ERP software proficiency is a must.
  • Inventory, materials and planning knowledge including JIT, MRP and CPIM
  • Must have understanding of material specification in terms of UOM, quality and technical requirements
  • Knowledge and understanding of BOM structures, standard costing systems, and purchasing processes
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated math skills, experience with UOM conversions.
  • Ability to follow instruction both verbal & written and complete assignments on time
  • Working knowledge of computer and proficiency with computer programs within the Microsoft office applications
  • Able to provide direction and training to peers as needed.
  • Proficiency and consistency in organizational management
  • Must be detail oriented and self-motivated, able to work with minimal supervision in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Must have proven ability to work in a manufacturing environment
  • Must have good people skills and be able to work with variety of types of staff to coordinate supplies and services for all levels of the organization.
  • Attention to detail and an analytical nature.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks in an environment of changing needs and deadlines
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make accurate and timely decisions relative to area (s) of responsibility
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

 Desired Skills and/or Experience

  • APICS (CPIM) certification
  • Previous Supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated skill in production or supplier scheduling
  • Knowledge of Continuous Improvement concepts
  • Familiar with new production's introduction processes or systems
  • Quality management knowledge; including statistical quality control
  • Ability to think strategically and translate into pragmatic, cost-effective operational plans


Required Experience

At Graphic Packaging International (NYSE: GPK), we produce the box you may have poured your child's cereal from this morning, the microwaveable tray that heated your lunch, the paper cup that held your coffee throughout the day, and the carrier of those bottles of craft beer you may enjoy tonight! We're one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world's most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet care products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are a team of collaborative, innovative, passionate individuals who are committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference.

With almost 18,000 employees working in more than 70 locations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim, we strive to be an environmentally responsible leader in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry's best to reward the talented people who make our company successful.

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we'd love to hear from you. Learn more about us at www.graphicpkg.com.

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference.

Graphic Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the EEO is the Law Poster.

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