Strategic Buyer
Harvey, IL 
Posted 8 days ago
Job Description

Strategic Buyer

Who we are:

Atkore, is forging a future where our employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders, and communities are building better together - a future focused on serving the customer and powering and protecting the world.

With a global network of manufacturing and distribution facilities, Atkore is a leading provider of electrical, safety and infrastructure solutions.

Who we are looking for:

We are currently searching for a Strategic Buyer to be based out of our Harvey, IL facility. Reporting to Director - Material Sourcing, this person be responsible for all purchasing activities in support of Regional Distribution Centers and other strategic supply chains. These responsibilities include requesting quotes, negotiating contract terms, writing and processing purchase orders, identifying/resolving any commercial discrepancies, and managing supplier relationships in accordance with Atkore's purchasing strategies. In addition, the role involves developing and improving any processes or tools that are used to ensure timely and accurate execution of purchasing activities. Cross functional communication and teamwork will be vital to ensure all processes and procedures are aligned with the overall plant's key performance indicators.

What you'll do:

The Strategic Buyer will be engaged in the following activities to improve material purchase prices, supplier reliability and reduce lead times:

  • Develop and manage supplier performance and scorecard system
  • Drive improvements in top spend categories to support supply chain productivity goals
  • Implement strategic sourcing supply agreements
  • Ensure compliance to DOA and purchasing standard work
  • Coordinate with operations and value stream managers to ensure continuous material flow to operations with changing demand profiles and schedule changes, while ensuring control of stocking levels
  • Negotiate with suppliers (price, terms, conditions & lead time)
  • Develop purchasing strategies to mitigate risk within current supply chain
  • Evaluate supplier capabilities and marketplace for potential strategic opportunities
  • Implement procurement best practices such as economic order quantities, stocking agreements and Kanban material deliveries
  • Facilitate meetings between manufacturing plant and supplier representatives to ensure open communication for all issues, including quality, delivery and cost
  • Participate and Lead Kaizen events to support continuous improvement and Atkore Business System initiatives
  • Proactively work with suppliers to minimize supply disruption

What you'll bring:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, or a related technical field is required
  • Must have 2 to 5 years of experience working in Supply Chain management, Operations, or Manufacturing
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications especially Excel, experience using database access tools (SQL queries, etc) is strongly preferred
  • Experience and working knowledge in Lean, 5S, Kaizen Events and Gemba boards preferred
  • Manufacturing or six sigma methodologies and problem-solving skills are a plus
  • Excellent written and communication skills, the ability to write procedures, good training skills
  • Must embrace and foster an environment that supports our core values of Integrity, Respect, Excellence, Teamwork and Accountability Ability to work in a team environment and as an individual contributor.

Within 3 months, you'll:

  • Complete your new hire "Immersion" so that you are ready to rock in your new role.
  • Have developed relationships with the key stakeholders for this role.
  • Have learned our systems and procedures.

Within 6 months, you'll:

  • Understand the business well enough to own and drive operational activities with minimal internal support.
  • Maintain and be accountable for KPI reporting while actively participating in Lean Daily Management activities.
  • Have assumed ownership of targeted locations and accountable for performance expectations.

Within 12 months, you'll:

  • Manage the onboarding of green field sites.
  • Own and maintain master data for assigned locations.
  • Be developing and driving best practices and demonstrating an ability to get results through influencing others.

Atkore is a three-time Great Place to Work certified company and a two-time Top Workplaces USA award winner! We're committed to creating an engaged, aligned workforce driven by a collaborative culture. Our team strives for breakthrough results and stays focused on being standout leaders. We consistently live the Atkore mission, strategic priorities, and behaviors consistent with our core values.

Join our team and align yourself with an industry leader!


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Atkore International is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate because of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital or family status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, military veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
2 to 5 years
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