Purchasing Manager

Location: North Billerica, MA

Job summary

The Manager of Purchasing will be responsible for evaluating suppliers and negotiation contracts to achieve the lowest price for high quality manufacturing goods.  The Manager will manage, mentor, and coach purchasing coordinators and buyers as well as lead, plan, and execute activities across the team.  Manager will work cross functionally to develop and implement best practices for strategic purchasing to drive corporate key initiatives and business objectives. The Manager works closely with cross-functional management teams to ensure and improve the organization’s performance, productivity, efficiency, and profitability through effective supply chain methods and strategies.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Plan and oversee the work of buyers and purchasing agents
  • Develop organization procurement rules and regulations
  • Establish guidelines on how often the company gets price quotes for items, the number of bids to accept, and which vendors to consider
  • Purchase goods and services for the company
  • Evaluate quality, price, reliability, technical support, and availability of goods and services
  • Negotiate, secure and follow-up on supplier commitments to ensure timely delivery of quality materials
  • Provide and maintain accurate and status reports routinely, or independently, as the need arises
  • Prioritize and follow-up on material shortages to ensure timely delivery, eliminate production slowdowns or work stoppages
  • Trouble-shoot discrepancies pertaining to purchase orders, requisitions, supplier deliveries, prices, invoices, request for supplier quotes, quality assurance documents, contracts, and other purchasing actions
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Strictly adhere to all BTU Safety policies

Skills and knowledge

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Proficient with use of Internet search engines and accessing supplier websites.
  • Able to work independently or in a team environment
  • Knowledge of basic production and inventory control theories and practices
  • Strong aptitude to solve problems and improve process
  • Strong ability to negotiate and resolve conflict
  • Familiar with general accounting practices
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Education and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or technical field
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a purchasing Machine/Equipment environment
  • Professional Certification in Supply Chain Management is highly desirable
  • ERP experience using Oracle/SAP/Epicor or other ERP software is a must