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Purchasing and Warehouse Leader
Philadelphia, PA

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Utilizing independent judgment and negotiating skills, this position is responsible for purchasing and administration, at an optimum balance of cost, quality and delivery, of consumable, conversion, MRO, and general supplies/services necessary for the company’s production and operating requirements consistent with its business plan.



  • Receive requisitions: analyze for quantity, specification, delivery and general completeness.  Develop competitive sources, seek pricing and delivery, select supplier and place order.  Expedite as required. 
  • Using independent judgment and negotiation skills, search continually for improved value and/or less costly consumable, conversion and MRO supplies needed for production and operations at prices, quality and inventory levels consistent with optimum operating income.
  • Understand end use of assigned products with the purpose of developing alternative sources of supply, improving competitive position, while maintaining continuity of supply and consistent quality.
  • Develop measurable annual cost reduction objectives and goals as a part of department and company business plans.
  • Advise supervisor of market conditions and supplier base activity which could have material affect on prices or deliveries.
  • Ensures compliance with ISO 9001 for purchased commodities.
  • Visit supplier plants to analyze facilities and capabilities.
  • Use progressive purchasing techniques and methods.
  • Negotiate supplier rejections/quality problems; advise reasons for actions and complete claim process in a prompt and professional manner.
  • Communicate effectively, have good relations and a positive image with suppliers and co-workers.
  • Analyze daily raw materials and consumable inventories, compare to production requirements and schedule deliveries of necessary materials to assure adequate inventories to meet production requirements.
  • Oversees the negotiation of rail and truck transportation contracts for the company.
  • Travel (includes local, national and international) as necessary.
  • Provide backup to the Purchasing Manager, as needed.
  • Abides by all policies and procedures established by the Company including plant safety regulations and work rules.
  • Must have ability and desire to work with others.



EDUCATION:          Bachelor of Science or a business degree.

EXPERIENCE:         Minimum three (3) years purchasing experience.  Steel or heavy industry preferred. 

DRIVING:                 Required to have an active and valid driver’s license, or the ability to travel and commute as required, and comply with the Motor Vehicle Safety Program.

SKILLS NEEDED:   Strong negotiating skills.

                              Good organizational and interpersonal skills.

                               Proficient computer skills. 

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