Buyer - Plant

Knauf Insulation North America is the world's fastest-growing insulation manufacturer in the world. We remain committed to conservation of the environment and the sustainable development & manufacture of a comprehensive line of acoustical fiber glass insulation for residential, commercial, industrial, marine, OEM and metal building applications using post-consumer recycled materials.
We welcome passionate & creative individuals who thrive in an entrepreneurial, collaborative and ever-changing environment. Watch our values video to learn more about what we do, our commitment to sustainability, and our company values & culture.
Position Overview:
Provides raw materials, equipment, materials, and services for a specific plant by identifying manufacturing needs, selecting qualified suppliers, negotiating, placing purchasing orders, and arranging delivery.
Purchase & arrange delivery of raw materials, equipment, other materials, and services for Plant
Manage vendor rating system for Plant
Manage construction maintenance work order process
Participate in bid meetings for capital purchases
Proactively seek ways to reduce costs of materials
Research potential suppliers, materials, and equipment availability
Resolve shipment quality and quantity discrepancies by mediating vendor/manufacturing issues
Protect Knauf's assets by seeing that proper contract language exists in all orders and contracts
Prepare reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends
Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed
Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies
Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or related field
APICS certification preferred
Minimum five (5) years of Purchasing Management experience, preferably in a manufacturing environment with extensive experience in negotiating
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to understand specs and drawings
Ability to work in a fast-paced industrial manufacturing and office environment
Ability to make quick, thorough decisions that will positively impact the organization
Ability to effectively communicate within the department and across the organization as needed
Ability to foster strong relationships with vendors, suppliers and customers
Ability to prioritize work and maintain organization amongst ongoing changes as necessary
Ability to take on multiple responsibilities and challenges with minimal supervision
Ability to design/create spreadsheets for data analysis
Ability to resolve issues in a timely manner
Ability to identify areas of opportunity and provide creative solutions
Knowledge of TQM, Lean Manufacturing, ERP/SAP systems and Supply Chain Optimization
Knowledge of procurement methods and practices
Knowledge of commodities markets, contracts and purchasing agreement preparation
Organizational skills
Time management skills
Planning and negotiation skills
Active listening skills
Communication skills (verbal and written)
Computer skills in a MS Windows Environment; proficient in PowerPoint, Word and Excel
Positive demeanor
Special Tools/Equipment Used:
Physical Demands:
Must occasionally lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds
Regularly required to sit, stand, walk and reach with hands and arms
Working Conditions:
Regularly exposed to a fast-paced environment
Moderate noise level
May be exposed to dusty conditions in the plants
May be exposed to varying temperatures
Knauf Insulation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.
All applicants must be legal residents that do not currently or in the future require sponsorship.

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