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Title:  Buyer I (Mill)

Requisition ID:  15289-159

Texarkana, TX, US, 75572

Category:  Supply Chain, Logistics and Procurement
Travel:  No Travel Required

Role Summary

The Buyer I (Mills) will be responsible for the procurement of materials and services for the Mill. This role exhibits a professional disposition to create and maintain relationships with internal and external customers. The Buyer I (Mills) places purchase orders and coordinates and expedites materials with suppliers to meet demand, price, specification, and delivery requirements, driven from the Mill’s needs.

Required Skills


Duties & Responsibilities (include but are not limited to the following):

  • Perform Contractor and Vendor prequalification
  • Assist in the Request for Proposal (RFP) process
  • Negotiates agreements with vendors and suppliers concerning the pricing and availability of materials
  • Purchase materials, equipment, supplies and services of a specialized or complex nature in accordance with prescribed purchasing regulations and procedures
  • Review and analyze purchase requisitions, investigates and develops sources of supplies, prepares bid specifications, issues bid requests and reviews quotations
  • Interprets purchasing procedures to departments and vendors, as a specialist in assigned material categories
  • Provide cost estimate to include services and materials for each Work Order and contacting vendors to verify delivery of ordered materials
  • Coordinate the delivery of equipment and for Replenishment Lead Time Management
  • Ensure purchasing data integrity, contract adherence and cost analysis
  • Create purchase orders and bid requests
  • Ensures availability of the required quantity of material at the needed time for the project
  • Spot buy-purchase for immediate delivery to fulfill demand
  • Manage the new item and new vendor processes
  • Communicate proactively with internal departments any sourcing or delay issues
  • Work with planning team members to evaluate forecast and work orders
  • Work with Accounts Payable to resolve any account issues with suppliers
  • Assist with related special projects, as required
  • Availability for on-call status and weekend duty required
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Experience

Required Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience of strategic sourcing, purchasing practices and procedures
  • Proven knowledge of purchasing practices and procedures
  • Proficient in establishing and maintaining professional relations with Suppliers/Vendors
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and negotiation skills
  • Excellent written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization and the public
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications; Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Ability to handle confidential or sensitive information with tact, courtesy, and discretion
  • Solid organization and time management skills


Desired Characteristics

  • Bachelors’ Degree in a business or financial discipline and three (3) years of experience in procurement role in an industrial or manufacturing organization, or military equivalent experience


  • Associates Degree in a business or financial discipline, or five (5) years of experience in procurement role in an industrial or manufacturing organization, or military equivalent experience
  • Three (3) years of experience in a procurement role in paper industry
  • Intermediate SAP Experience desired

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.

Nearest Major Market: Texarkana

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