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Location:Medina, MN
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Corporate Office
Description:Under general direction, is responsible for negotiating the purchase of materials and supplies from assigned vendors in the most cost effective and timely way. Responsible for inventory performance including GMROI, inventory levels and service/in-hock rates.
Duties:Forecast, evaluate and execute the purchase of stock, component and supply inventories in a timely fashion to support adequate in-stock levels of all selling sku's.

Maintain division and department budgeted inventory levels.

Negotiate with company suppliers, using all ethical means possible, to get the best price, lead times, shipping, and payment terms without jeopardizing their ability to achieve a reasonable profit. Maintain good working relationship with all assigned vendors and increase vendor partnership.

Resolve problem receivings, invoices, and defectives caused by incorrect or poor quality merchandise, pricing variances, overages and shortages. Ensure vendor compliance with Rocklerís terms and conditions.

As required, secure alternate backup vendors for sourcing merchandise in the event availability problems are encountered and to insure the best pricing.

Research and resolve in-stock product problems relating to packaging, UPC codes, SKU maintenance issues, MSDS information, product tolerances, variances and other.

Evaluate solicited and unsolicited price quotes for product quality and value.

Effective communication with all internal and external partners.

Review Inventory Disposition reports and work closely with Category Management to determine sell down strategies for overstock and inventory obsolescence.

May perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:High School diploma or general education degree (G.E.D.) preferred - College degree desired.

Must have ERP or MRP experience.

3-5 years purchasing experience preferably in a retail and/or distribution environment.

History of strong negotiation skills in dealing assertively and with a sense of urgency with suppliers.
Excellent communication/organizational skills.
Ability to multi-task and work effectively with the pressure of time constraints and deadlines.
Analytical skills.

Previous experience with a computerized forecasting and purchase order system desired.

Specific experience with hard goods, especially woodworking related products desired.

Must be aware of product sourcing, favorable pricing and new product developments.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products, including intermediate background in Excel.

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