Buyer - Building Materials

    Carter Lumber Inc
    Kent, OH, KENT, OH

    Job Description

    A Carter Lumber Buyer purchases various building materials and ensures that our vendors are providing the best
    combination of quality, service and price to our stores and customers. Determines the best products to fulfill customer needs and demands. Identifies prospective vendors and develops and maintains a strong working relationship with them. This position is accountable for profitability in the lines that is managed. Effective communication with the field and internal departments are mandatory for the success of this position.

    Requirements to be Considered for the Position:
    • 5+ years previous purchasing experience in the building materials industry
    • Experience in vendor negotiation
    • Experience in analysis and forecasting
    • Understanding of buying cycles associated with the building materials industry
    • Ability to multi task, organize, prioritize and coordinate work activities
    • Exceptional analytical and problem solving abilities
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
    • Overnight travel
    Responsibilities of the Position:

    • Hires, trains, develops and evaluates staff
    • Supervises Assistant Buyers while providing direction and leadership to the department
    • Creates and executes annual business plans
    • Negotiate with vendors and make recommendations to the Purchasing Manager based on the following negotiated criteria:
      • Volume Rebates: monthly, quarterly, and yearly
      • Cash Discounts and Payment Terms
      • Growth Incentives
      • Consignment Programs
      • Dropped SKU Penalties
      • Co-op Advertising Dollars and other Relationship Marketing Events
    • Locates products that best fit our customer profile and presents them to management
    • Develops and implements programs to increase margin dollars by product line
    • Forecasts material requirements by analyzing trends to establish stocking levels for each location
    • Recognizes and recommends block buys opportunities
    • Searches for deals and purchases to meet store needs
    • Ensures that Assistant Buyers are reviewing inventories and keeping locations properly stocked
    • Negotiates contracts with the vendors, ensuring that vendors are providing quality products, competitive pricing and service to our stores and customers.
    Product Management:
    • Oversees inventory control; plans exit strategy for discontinued items and the return of slow selling products
    • Reviews sales, turns, margins and gross profit dollars on products purchased
    • Manages reload inventory
    Store Support:
    • Ensures that stores are receiving updated information on products including the availability, vendor information, contacts and lead times
    • Assists stores with product issues including shipments, quality and defective material by communicating with the store and vendor
    Benefits Provided:
    • Medical Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Disability Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Employer-matching 401(k) Plan
    Posting ID: 549158152Posted: 2020-02-14