Purchasing Manager - Portland, OR

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POST DATE 8/30/2016
END DATE 11/1/2016

Kohler Co. Portland, OR

Kohler Co.
Portland, OR
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Purchasing Manager - Portland, OR


Manages all of Ann Sacks' purchasing-related functions. Recruits, develops and manages all purchasing associates. Approves purchases of goods and services and continually analyzes changes or new issues in supply to reduce cost, improve quality or improve schedules.

Provides oversight of the purchasing of materials and services from suppliers. Leads the development and implementation of sourcing strategies. Responsible for supplier quality performance. Responsible for setting the standard cost of purchased materials on an annual basis. Ensures that business expectations of purchasing are met.

Manages departmental budgets and sets objectives for the purchasing department.

1. Supervises daily purchasing functions

2. Reviews orders, decisions and contracts and oversees materials and services from suppliers.

3. Performs negotiations and determines most competitive solutions using a wide degree of creativity and latitude.

4. Responsible for the execution of short- and long-term process improvement projects. Identifies and drives out non-value-added activities.

5. Responsible for departmental budgets and goals.

Ability to create spend level strategy consistent with business unit goals - both short- and long-term focused. Focused on internal customers, proactively anticipating their needs. Ability to negotiate total business agreements with defined service and support levels. Capable of independently building negotiation strategies and understanding BATNA and how to effectively utilize compromise to the company's advantage. Quickly assess financial trade-offs with in a negotiation. Skilled in the implementation and oversight of supplier quality management programs.

Working knowledge of the inter-relationships between key financial statements. Ability to interpret analysis, build generic supplier cost models, apply statistical tools and calculate TCO on monetary values. Skilled in evaluating purchase price and freight variances and explaining corrective action. Skilled in the use of ERP and database-level systems with knowledge in electronic collaboration tools. Ability to build detailed project plans and achieve original target dates, managing/leading single location projects.

Aware of cultural, currency, geography and political issues. Applies principles of KOS when identifying and implementing new processes, sharing learning with peers and cross-functional associates.

Establish criteria/work procedures to achieve a high level of quality, productivity and support.

Ability to develop concise communication to professionally express oneself effectively in both verbal and written formats. Proactively identifies improvements and supports/qualifies/sells ideas to management (e.g. pursues champion). Builds and facilitates relationships that result in strong partnerships with stakeholders, especially with the Ann Sacks' sales department. Participates on cross-functional teams to achieve common goals and takes an active role in developing the team's action plan. Contributes to positive morale within a team and embraces diverse and global cultures.

Seeks out internal and external opportunities to work in a team environment. Capable of leading projects. Actively seeks out opportunities/needs by participating in and supporting associate professional development. Develops departmental strategic plans and goals, sharing vision both internally and externally.


* College degree required

* 7+ years of experience with a least 3 years in purchasing

Why Work at Kohler Co.?

Kohler Co.'s mission is to contribute to a higher level of gracious living for those who are touched by our products and services. We understand that it takes investment in our associates' development to make that happen. So, we offer ongoing investment in each individual's personal development and the opportunity to collaborate with others across functions and roles at Kohler.

In addition to the investment in your development, Kohler offers a benefits package including a competitive salary, health, vision, dental, 401(k) with company matching, and more!

About Us

Beyond the competitive benefits and compensation, Kohler proudly offers a rich history, steeped in creativity and a commitment to our associates and communities. We invite you to learn more about our culture and company at www.kohler.com .

It is Kohler's policy to recruit, hire, and promote qualified personnel in all job classifications without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, disability or veteran status. If, as an individual with a disability, you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact kohlerjobs@kohler.com . Kohler Co. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.