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Title:  Buyer I

Requisition ID:  12616-159

Monroe, LA, US, 71203

Category:  Accounting and Finance
Travel:  No Travel Required

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.


As a member of the Finance team, the Buyer I will support the financial operations by securing quality goods and services for multiple facilities in accordance with the purchasing policy and delegated authority.  The successful candidate will understand and align business operations and purchasing to execute their role to exceed expectations and align with GPI business, cultural, financial, and operational objectives.


Primary Responsibilities are, but not limited to the following:

  • Oversee and manage procurement process from requisition, through purchase order entry and receiving, in line with corporate policy to insure a smooth flow to completion in the accounts payable process
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of all material transactions including purchases; analyzes and works to reduce purchase price variance
  • Serve as training champion for all locations
  • Responsible for maintaining integrated computer system data in SAP as specified, including pricing, purchase orders and contracts
  • Direct purchasing of raw materials, parts and supplies as assigned
  • Review and negotiate proposals for price, delivery time and quality
  • Institute and promote cost reduction projects
  • Search out, investigate and develop potential alternate suppliers
  • Maintains communication between purchasing, technical, planning and manufacturing regarding necessary inventory levels
  • Create and maintain monthly report(s) as assigned
  • Complete month end purchasing accruals; support Controller in month end activities
  • Other duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • BA/BS degree or Associates degree or three years equivalent job experience
  • 3 - 5 years purchasing experience within Converting, Paper or related industries preferred
  • Inventory, materials and planning knowledge
  • SAP ERP software proficiency
  • 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
  • Working knowledge of computer and proficiency with computer programs within the Microsoft office applications



  • Willing to work occasional extended shifts or alternate schedule if/when required


Key Competencies

  • Integrity and Trust
  • Action Oriented
  • Well Organized
  • Customer Focus
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Advanced problem solving skills



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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Nearest Major Market: Monroe

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