Purchasing/Buyer in Kalkaska, MI at ITW

Date Posted: 8/28/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Division Description:

ITW Specialty Films designs, manufactures and markets specialized coated and/or metalized films for the Transaction Card, Security Documents, Medical IV bags, and Consumer Packaging markets. The division leverages unique core competencies and technologies in films, foils, laminates, holography and transfers to address customer needs globally. Operates in 13 locations (NA, EU, Asia).

Position Summary:

The Materials Manager will be responsible for the company’s end-to-end sourcing of products and services essential for our operations. In addition, the individual will be responsible for all phases of purchasing that require the skills necessary to identify cost saving opportunities, create competitive environments, creatively negotiate, generate contracts to assure seamless availability of all products to support the company objectives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

●  Effectively manages the flow of raw materials into the plant

•  Carry out purchasing activity in line with expectations concerning price, quality and delivery Document/update price changes and distributor changes for materials. Order office supplies and KanBan for ink cartridges and labels. Submit freight claims for damaged materials.

•  Enter, track and update POs, expedite shipments, review and set raw material inventory targets, and manage stock outs Manage outside warehouses for film and packaging. Use inventory grading reports to meet inventory targets

•  Respond to purchasing and planning enquiries, liaising between suppliers and internal department to control costs

•  Work closely with manufacturing suppliers to build relationships and ensure on-time in-full delivery to site. Track late shipments and contact suppliers.

•  Work with existing replenishment system (ABC) and develop plans to support production and on-time in-full customer service. Submit pre-approvals to plant manager for non-inventory items before placing orders.

●  Key voice in the supplier and raw material selection and accountable for purchasing decisions and inventory levels.

•  Gather and analyze supplier performance metrics in conjunction with Q.A. team.

•  Conduct audits and assessments on key suppliers

•  Manages supplier rationalization & raw material standardization

•  Collaborate with key site functional teams to manage raw material allocations and discontinuations.

•  Engage suppliers to better understand market dynamics

●  Drive greater sourcing value to the organization by engaging departments and their stakeholders

•  Responsible for executing divisional sourcing strategy. Participate in bi-monthly Sourcing conference calls.

•  Deliver cost savings and improved conversion costs by executing defined operation and sourcing projects based on ITW’s business framework

•  Monitor the progress of projects against agreed plans to ensure they are delivered in a timely fashion, within budget and to the required quality. Request/receive certificates of analysis for all incoming raw materials electronically where possible.

●  Perform raw material risk assessments and implement mitigation strategy.

●  Maintain and update operational reports and databases, ensuring appropriate records are prepared and maintained for internal and external meetings

●  Communication of operational activity to staff and management including regular updating of achievement and progress against plan.

●  Supervise Receiving Clerk duties and personnel.

Job Requirements

Position Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and at least three (3) years purchasing/sourcing experience along with three plus year's relevant operations/supply chain experience.
  • 3-5 years of work experience in manufacturing environment preferred

  • Good knowledge of vendor sourcing practices (researching, evaluating and liaising with vendors)

  • Solid knowledge and understanding of supply chain and purchasing processes, policy, and systems

  • Solid analytical skills with the ability to create reports and conduct cost analyses

  • Excellent negotiation skills

  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel)

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to negotiate, establish, and process contracts

  • Able to multitask, prioritize, and manage time efficiently

  • Accurate and precise attention to detail

  • Able to make decisions in a fast-paced environment

  • Up to 10% travel (domestic)

Personal Attributes:

  • Good understanding of the organization’s goals and objectives.

  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to perform general mathematical calculations for the purpose of creating needs assessments, budgets, and forecasting.

  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment and make sound decisions in emergency situations.

  • Ability to present ideas in a user-friendly language.

  • Highly self-motivated and directed.

  • Keen attention to detail.

  • Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities.

  • Strong customer service orientation.

  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

ITW is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access the online application system process due to your disability, please email hrdept @ codingproducts.com  to request assistance. No other requests will be acknowledged.