Purchasing Agent

Job Summary

The Purchasing Agent is accountable for the management and development of a world-class supply base for both direct and indirect materials. Specific focus will be placed on ensuring effective and comprehensive regional and global commodity strategies. These strategies will compliment and support our factories product support procurement to allow successful achievement of our local and strategic objectives. The objectives are as follows: the uninterrupted supply of production materials and services as specified by engineering, scheduled by manufacturing and within the cost requirements of the business group, while establishing effective risk mitigation plans to avoid production downtimes.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage specific global suppliers for improved performance and reduced cost
  • Negotiate and manage contracts for indirect services, capital, and MRO purchases to support corporate and manufacturing needs
  • Manage projects from initial planning through completion
  • Responsible for specific regional and global projects and programs as assigned
  • Create, implement and manage specific Best Practices, along with training of these practices and others, to the entire SCM organization
  • Provide leadership, focus and strategic direction for major commodities and suppliers to the entire SCM organization and all related product support groups
  • Lead specific global, strategic sourcing efforts. Strategic sourcing should focus on the key objectives of: geographic alignment, performance improvement, cost reduction and supply base consolidation
  • Manage the transition from old supplier to new supplier
  • Provide leadership, focus and strategic direction for projects and programs as assigned, such as LCCS, Supplier Risk Management, ROP Scheduling Agreement expansion, new acquisition integration, SCM organization training, market price forecasting, e-sourcing and others as assigned
  • Combining the efforts of supplier development and performance, lead the reduction and consolidation of the supply base to key suppliers that provide quality material, on time for the most effective cost
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a buying role for various engineered commodities
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • MBA or advanced degree preferred

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work with vendors in negotiating contracts
  • Detail-oriented, self-starter with strong communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work collaboratively as well as independently in a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment
  • Proficient with MS Office applications: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, SharePoint
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively at any level
  • Able to effectively and promptly problem solve
  • Able to handle multiple tasks effectively and efficiently
  • Capable of seeing the big picture while managing the details
  • Experience in SAP a plus

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Travel Required

Estimated 15-30%

Nordson Corporation provides equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees. No person is to be discriminated against in any aspect of the employment relationship due to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status, marital status, veteran status or any other reason prohibited by law.

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