Packaging Engineer/Sr Buyer

Discovery Solutions Published: August 28, 2017
Calhoun, GA
Job Type


Packaging Engineer/Sr Buyer
COMPANY: The company is a leading global flooring manufacturer that
creates products to enhance residential and commercial
spaces around the world. The company's vertically
integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide
competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs,
ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone and vinyl flooring. Our
industry-leading innovation has yielded products and
technologies that differentiate our brands in the marketplace
and satisfy all remodeling and new construction
requirements. Our brands are among the most recognized in
the industry. During the past decade, the company has
transformed its business from an American carpet
manufacturer into the world's largest flooring company with
operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India,
Malaysia, Mexico, Russia and the United States. This
company offers a comprehensive compensation package
that includes a wide variety of benefit options so that
individuals can tailor plans that are right for him or her.
DESCRIPTION: The Sr. Sourcing Specialist actively manages a large number
of supplier relationships with a focus on cost reduction,
service, consistency, high-quality, and process improvement.
Set sourcing strategy in cross functional environment on
Packaging related commodities. Ability to perform lead
duties, providing task related direction and advise to junior
team members either in direct or indirect reporting
: Proactively seeks out new suppliers/materials and
captures market-driven cost saving opportunities
through awareness of market drivers, negotiations, and
synergistic opportunities while simultaneously improving
quality and operating efficiencies
: Energetically participates in new product development
process as the primary purchasing resource for finding
and selecting new product components and suppliers,
with an aptitude for technical detail and manufacturing
processes across a wide variety of raw material types.
: Meets regularly with suppliers and provides data driven
feedback on supplier performance
: Assists Sourcing leadership in data gathering and
analysis, providing recommendations and research in
purchasing decisions of key materials.
: Promote a strong liaison with appropriate personnel
across all business units and foster good working
relationships with suppliers.
: Proposes and helps lead projects related to material
cost reduction and quality improvement using a data-
driven approach. Coordinates efforts among Purchasing,
Production, and suppliers to reduce material costs while
ensuring quality.
: Learns suppliers' processes at a technical level in order
to better identify mutually beneficial opportunities.
: Helps build and issue forecasts of anticipated material
consumption to external suppliers, sister-companies,
and internal groups such as Finance.
: Assists and leads in accurately setting up new product
details within internal systems.
: Performs other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: : 3-7 years managing packaging and other
commodities in a corporate Purchasing or Engineering
role for large multi plant manufacturing companies.
Spend in excess of $40 million.
: Flooring industry experience helpful but not required.
: Proven track record of process and continuous
: Six Sigma certification is a plus.
: Ability to take on other indirect commodities over
: Supervisory experience a plus.
: Ability to strategically think and problem solve from
complex or diverse information; Collects and
researches data; Uses intuition and experience to
complement data.
: Attention to detail.
: Strong relationship building with Operations,
Engineering, and leadership. In a matrix environment.
: High proficiency with all Microsoft applications.
: Good oral, written, presentation and interpersonal
communications skills; ability to effectively exercise
tact, discretion, judgment and diplomacy when
interacting and/or negotiating with internal and
external customers, and senior management, etc.
: Ability to maintain high level of accuracy while
producing high volumes under time constraints.
Willingness to pay great attention to detail.
: Ability to manage situations to which there has been
no prior exposure or for which no clear road map
: Ability and willingness to challenge the status quo,
including the persistence and willingness to take
calculated risk, to stimulate, market, and sell new
ideas within the organization.
: Ability to perform in a high pressure environment
and/or crisis situation and render good decisions to
resolve the problems, maintain safety and ensure
adherence to Corporate Code of Conduct
: Strong sense of personal and professional ethics.
: Ability to manage change in high tempo
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in engineering, operations, supply chain,
business or finance.

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