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Buyer II -- Raw Materials
Grand Rapids , Michigan
March 20, 2017
Job Description:
Major responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Generate purchase orders while acting as liaison between company and suppliers for Corporate and Distribution Center orders.
  • Negotiate pricing for services and raw materials with suppliers that do not fall under a Commodity Manager.
  • Meet with new and existing vendors to discuss existing business, potential for new business, supply issues and cost reduction opportunities.
  • Address invoice discrepancies for Corporate Office.
  • Support Purchasing Manager and Commodity Manager on projects and day-to-day activities.
  • Compile and distribute monthly reports.
  • Create and maintain detailed vendor/supplier information regarding contact, account numbers and order avenues.
  • Be a proactive contributor to cross-functional teams concerned with product development, process improvement and cost reduction.
  • Be involved in all new product initiatives requiring supplier sourcing.
  • Provide direction to the purchasing buyers/planners. This includes providing guidance with negotiating skills, planning/sequencing raw materials from supplier to factory, and problem solving. Work with the plant buyers/planners to ensure high supplier performance and assist with inventory reductions and lean initiatives.
  • Manage key projects as assigned.

Job Qualifications:
• Bachelor's degree in related field (Supply Chain, Logistics, and Operations Management) preferred.
• One to three years of manufacturing experience in planning or purchasing.
• Proficiency in Excel.
• Understanding of MRP and ERP systems and multi-plant relationships.
• Oracle experience is a plus.
• Able to communicate clearly and promptly to avoid confusion and misunderstanding.
• Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and hold others accountable.
• Able to balance the needs of the organization with the needs of the customer.
• Can monitor and analyze progress to make and/or recommend changes as required.
• Ability to utilize reasoning and planning to understand a problem situation and implement corrective actions.
• Flexibility to travel 10%

A little about us:
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries.

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