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Purchasing and Inventory Manager

Columbia, IL

Employment Type: Direct Hire Job Number: 26332 Pay Rate: $80000 - $110000 Job Location: No

Job Description

Our client, headquartered in Columbia, IL (in the St. Louis, MO metropolitan area), is a privately held corporation specializing in specialty converting of adhesive coated tapes and foams. With a commitment to innovation and excellence, we employ cutting-edge technology to provide customized solutions to our clients. For more information, please visit our website.

SUPERVISES: Sourcing Specialist & Purchasing Coordinators

POSITION PURPOSE: The Purchasing and Inventory Manager oversees all purchasing and inventory activities, ensuring efficient processes and procedures are in place. They cultivate strong vendor relationships, negotiate terms, and manage inventory costs effectively. Additionally, they provide support to departmental employees and facilitate communication with other departments.

  1. Recruit, train, and manage purchasing and sourcing department staff.
  2. Set performance goals, conduct evaluations, and provide constructive feedback to employees.
  3. Allocate work among team members, address grievances, and handle disciplinary actions when necessary.
  4. Establish measurable goals to evaluate employee efficiency and productivity.
  5. Generate and analyze reports on inventory levels, obsolete items, and price fluctuations.
  6. Develop expertise in purchasing and inventory software systems, including Epicor Purchasing and Inventory, and explore innovative methods to enhance team productivity.
  7. Negotiate pricing, terms, and rebates with vendors, leveraging negotiation skills and market knowledge.
  8. Manage vendor price increases and communicate impacts to relevant stakeholders.
  9. Maintain vendor/supplier scorecards and conduct annual evaluations.
  10. Ensure accurate inventory records and reconcile discrepancies between ERP system and physical counts.
  11. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to meet customer needs and process projects efficiently.
  12. Assist in material selection based on customer requirements.
  13. Uphold safety standards and promote a culture of safety among employees.
  14. Oversee regulatory documentation compliance for raw materials.

  1. Develop and implement long-term purchasing strategies, fostering positive relationships with material vendors.
  2. Proactively identify and address factors affecting production deadlines and quality.
  3. Ensure compliance with departmental policies and company directives.


Skills: Strong leadership, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Excellent communication and customer service abilities. Effective time management and deadline-oriented. Proficiency in Epicor Purchasing and Inventory software.

Education: High school diploma or equivalent required;bachelor’s degree preferred. Relevant coursework desired.

Ability: Thorough understanding of purchasing department functions. Proficiency in negotiation and analytical skills. Ability to work collaboratively and resourcefully solve problems.

Experience: 5+ years of purchasing/inventory experience required, with supervisory experience preferred. ERP experience, particularly with Epicor Purchasing and Inventory, preferred.

Quantitative Data: Office Environment Hours: 8: 00am –4: 30pm, M-F Reports To: VP of Operations

BENEFITS: We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including paid vacation, holidays, life insurance, disability benefits, medical, dental, vision insurance, and a 401K retirement plan with company match.
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