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Title:  Buyer

Requisition ID:  10384-159

Kalamazoo, MI, US, 49007

Category:  Accounting and Finance
Travel:  No Travel Required
Pay Grade:  92

JOB FUNCTIONS: Job functions include, but are not limited to the following.

    • Purchases all materials, supplies and services (MRO, capital, storeroom, service) required by the various departments in the most economical and efficient manner consistent with corporate guidelines.
    • Consolidates purchases of like or common items to obtain maximum economic benefits
    • Ensures purchasing and related functions are carried out in accordance with Division/Company policies, procedures, internal audit controls as well as legal and ethical requirements.
    • Supports Corporate Supply Chain initiatives
    • Urgently expedite parts and material to support maintenance and operations
    • Maintains SAP info records, source lists and data integrity.
    • Manages the procure to pay cycle for company purchase orders
    • Utilizes the MRP process to make system-based buy decisions
    • Manages the supply chain to meet department metrics for on time delivery and cost reductions
    • Establishes and maintains contacts by telephone, mail and personal interviews with suppliers and proactively ensures impartial treatment of all vendors.
    • VMR - Online vendor registration
    • Monitors vendor insurance coverage
    • Daily monitoring of invoices in workflow for price and quantity discrepancies.
    • Actively promotes a safe working environment inside and outside the company
    • Supports other departmental requirements/functions as directed.
    • Backup for the Purchasing Manager.
    • Other duties as assigned.


The above job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.



  • Previous buying/purchasing experience
  • Manufacturing experience preferred




  • Bachelor degree or equivalent work experience



  • Proficient with Word, Excel, and other software applications as required for the business.
  • Self-motivated with ability to multi-task.
  • Good organization with strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.



  • General schedule is M-F assignment; however, employee must be willing to work alternate schedules occasionally; that may include early mornings, nights, and/or weekends and be punctual while doing so.
  • Occasional overnight travel to include flying, driving, riding or by rail.




  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time up to 8-hours.
  • Occasional Lifting up to 20 lbs.
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.
  • Use of various office hand and electrical tools or equipment.

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.