Buyer I - Integrated Supply
Are you our next Buyer - Team Lead? The Opportunity Vallen's Buyer Team Leads (Buyer II) are responsible for training and providing mentorship to other company buyers. They are also responsible for purchasing products, goods and materials (stock and/or non-stock) that meet the organization's standards of price, quality, timing, and reliability of supply. A Buyer Team Leads may be procuring product in support of a Vallen distribution center, warehouse, an assigned client, and/or an assigned vendor. Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: * Train, coach and mentor assigned company buyers; provide input into performance evaluations and under management oversight, assist with carrying out associate development plans. * Coordinate vacation/leave schedules for the team. * Keep the Purchasing leadership team abreast of daily activities; actively communicate. * Identify and document best practices within the function; keep standard operating procedures current and relevant. * Perform root cause analysis on escalated issues; define and oversee the implementation of root cause corrective action plans. * Track and monitor team KPI initiatives; devise course corrections as required. * Perform procurement activities to ensure the organization's current and anticipated demand for products and materials (stock and non-stock) are met and in alignment with Vallen's purchasing strategies. * Review and approve assigned inventory forecasts produced by the GAINS application. * Review and approve daily replenishment recommendations produced by the GAINS application. * Assess existing orders to determine action for expediting or de-expediting for optimal delivery. * Place purchase requisitions and vendor orders. * Research, assess, and make recommendations for vendors and/or specific items of request to ensure they that they comply with specifications and meet the organization's quality, pricing, and delivery standards. * Request and evaluate bids, quotations, and/or proposals for products and materials of request. * Recognize and evaluate vendor sales, promotional campaigns, and other opportunities to secure reduced prices. * May negotiate prices and delivery conditions and commit to purchases (within established limits of authority) with terms that are in the organization's best interest. * Monitor the quality and timeliness of products and materials supplied; may coordinate the return of damaged goods and/or replacement items. * Negotiate and coordinate vendor returns for aging, expired, or excess inventory; coordinate other liquidation activities as required. * Follow-up on the status of purchase orders with vendors to ensure timely delivery; and communicate status of orders with internal and/or external customers. * Communicates with vendors to resolve problems with timeliness and product quality. * Maintain and cultivate relationships with one or more suppliers, vendors, internal or external customers. * Assist with identifying opportunities to consolidate suppliers/vendors. * Research and resolve account payables nonconformance with suppliers. Qualifications Bachelor's degree in a related field (e.g., Business, Finance, etc.) or equivalent experience. 2-5+ years of experience in the field of Procurement preferred. CPM certification preferred. Other relevant experience includes: * Attain and maintain Customer Service Professional certification; provide excellent customer service. * Computer skills and aptitude to learn Vallen's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Inventory Management applications; GAINS experience preferred. * Proficiency with MS-Office products, intermediate Excel skills required. * Mathematical aptitude for basic calculations. * Self-starter with the ability to work independently. * Strong attention to detail and accuracy. About Vallen Vallen is an industry leader in delivering flexible supply chain solutions and services along with a comprehensive range of maintenance, repair, operating, production, safety and electrical products to meet the growing supply needs of customers in facilities across North America and around the world. Vallen is headquartered in Belmont, NC and is a subsidiary of Sonepar USA, part of the global Sonepar family. Stay up to date with Vallen, follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook, What are the Benefits? 401K Plan, Health Insurance (medical, dental, and vision), Paid Vacation, Paid Sick, Paid Personal, Paid Holidays, Flexible Spending Accounts (Health and Dependent Care), Employee Assistance Program, Tuition Reimbursement, Employee Discounts and Career Path Opportunities.