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Company name
Apple & Associates, Inc.

45,000 - $55,000

Fort Wayne, IN


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Are you a Buyer who wants to join a small company that is rapidly growing? Are you a Buyer who either has KANBAN experience or who is interested in learning KANBAN? If you can answer yes to these questions, you should consider this opportunity.

Our client is a manufacturer and distributor in the industrial and marine market. Business is strong! As a Buyer you will report to the President for the purchase of the goods, materials, supplies and services. You will work with the President, Office Manager, Quality Assurance Manager, Production Supervisor, Industrial Engineering Manager, Sales Managers - Marine Products & ZLGP, sales personnel, accounting personnel, customers and others from time to time.

Monthly gainsharing and insurance premium is employer paid.

Responsibilities for the Buyer include: Planning & directing all Buyer Department functions. Acquisition of goods and services.

Preparing and evaluate requests for the purchase of materials, equipment and service of equipment.

Establishing, implementing and reviewing policies and procedures for the continuous improvement of the department and to train internal staff on those policies and procedures.

Providing cost and vendor analysis for goods and services. Identifying opportunities for supply consolidation programs. Challenging cost increases. Negotiating cost/quality services as required. Develop and implement cost reductions/savings.

Overseeing expediting procedures, monitoring supplier performance, resolving supplier delinquencies and developing new sources of supply and service.

Providing supplier documentation and justification for purchases. Conferring with other employees on relevant problems and is responsible for problem resolution.

Operation, training and monitoring all computerized Buyer programs.

Directing and verifying cycle counts (if deemed necessary) / inventory control and scheduled inventories

Working within the existing Kanban/Pull Method of Manufacturing techniques to insure the proper inventory levels and elimination of obsolete items.

Establishing, maintaining and monitoring Buyer performance metrics such as inventory turns, material cost history, material availability, etc.

Maintaining the Material/ Finishing Certifications computer records.

Administering & documenting vendor quality and delivery performance.

Your background should include: Bachelor's degree preferred but not required. Experience can replace the educational background.

Minimum of 4 years of purchasing experience.

Experience with the Pull Method of Manufacturing---KANBAN a plus

ISO experience.

Ability to organize tasks, records, and schedules.

Sourcing experience.

Experience with vendor audits/visits.

Strong computer skills.

Built in sense of urgency.

Detail oriented.

Our client is seeking local/commutable candidates. There is no relocation offered.

Company Profile
At Apple & Associates, we understand that relationships are what make us stand apart. Whether you are a client or a candidate, you are an extension of the Apple & Associates’ family. Many of our recruiters have been with the company since its earliest days. They take great pride in the relationships they build; always emphasizing high standards, ethics and quality service. Our President, Debi Apple started her recruiting career in Aiken, South Carolina. She quickly became a top producer and leading authority in recruiting for the medical device, pharmaceutical and consumer product industries. Her passion and drive led her to open Apple & Associates in 1993. Under her leadership, Apple & Associates has grown to be one of the leading recruiting firms in these industries. Our company is proud to represent two of the largest medical device and pharmaceutical companies in the U.S., Covidien (formerly known as Tyco Healthcare) and our first and longtime client, Becton Dickinson. Now headquartered in Chapin, South Carolina, Apple & Associates has offices from coast to coast, offering regional recruiting expertise throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Our searches and permanent placements represent all levels, from CEO to staff level positions.

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