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Senior Buyer

Augusta, GA - Georgia · Manufacturing
What if you were given the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference? It is time to embrace your Infinite Possibilities. This is your opportunity to be part of International Paper, a Fortune 500 company and global leader in paper and packaging products. IP is known for our commitment to the environment and to cutting-edge technology. We have spent more than 100 years creating new ideas, and we are looking for people who can collaborate to help us build on our history, while creating future success. We are committed to attracting, preparing, promoting and supporting our teams. At International Paper, you control your destiny. We offer benefits, challenges, global opportunities and total rewards. When we say Infinite Possibilities, we mean it.
Posting Dates:  03/24/2017 - 04/07/2017
FLSA:  Exempt
Candidate Identified:  No
Relocation Paid:  Yes
Perform procurement functions at the IP Augusta, GA mill for the purpose of securing goods and/or services for the facility.  Buyer responsibilities to be governed by the IP Financial Policy, Global Sourcing Policy, delegated authority and mill rules, so as to maximize total value received and produce results that contribute to meeting the facility’s business objectives.  The position reports to the Mill Purchasing/Stores Manager and will be located at the Augusta, GA Mill. 
Key Responsibilities:
  • Provide prompt and professional purchasing services to internal customers by communicating effectively with the Operating, Engineering, Stores and Maintenance areas
  • Promptly handle requisitions to ensure stable supply and timely availability of materials and services
  • Ensure purchased goods and services are of acceptable quality and meet established specifications and requirements
  • Prepare and publish specifications for bids, evaluate and document bid responses/results, verify history of supplier service and ability to meet contract specifications and negotiate contracts
  • Develop an effective supplier base by cultivating supplier relationships through reviews of operations and mutually beneficial programs
  • Recommend new suppliers based on quality, service, and competitive pricing
  • Implementation of Global Sourcing Agreements  and strategies for purchasing and materials management processes at the unit level
  • Obtain maximum value for IP regarding cost, quality, delivery and service levels
  • Overall assurance of customer satisfaction, value generation, and service delivery for the Augusta, GA mill
  • Support Corporate and Regional MRO agreements consistent with Global Sourcing direction
  • Track and report supplier performance and escalate supplier issues as appropriate
  • Pursue opportunities to consolidate purchases and competitively source materials under local, regional, and national contracts
  • Convert purchase requisitions into purchase orders.  Volume of requisitions will fluctuate depending on the mill’s seasonal activity.  
  • Ensure adherence to IP Corporate financial and purchasing policies and procedures
  • Support mill safety initiatives
Working Conditions/Personal Demands
  • Must be able to wear all required personal safety equipment including but not limited to eye protection, hearing protection, and fall protection in elevated positions
  • May be required to work extended hours
  • Must be available for after hours/weekend call, will be based on rotating schedule.
Key Competencies Required:
Customer Focus
Priority Setting
Integrity & Trust
Action Oriented
Drive for Results
Interpersonal Savvy
Functional/Technical Skills
Knowledge And Experience:
  • Minimum of (5) years purchasing experience including bidding, negotiating, and administering contracts and agreements.
  • Pulp and Paper Mill experience preferred.   Industrial/manufacturing experience required.
  • Effective written & verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in computer use, which includes efficient keyboarding skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, Power Point, and Outlook
  • SAP Business Software Knowledge Preferred
EducationBA or BS degree in Logistics, Supply Chain, Finance or Business Administration or related field or equivalent work experience
Position reports to:  Purchasing/Stores Manager
International Paper is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Veterans.
Augusta GA 30906 
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