The Hillman Group

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2 weeks ago
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Procures a variety of raw materials, supplies, and services to support production requirements and ensure optimum inventory investment.






Research and Locate Sources for Goods and Services


  • Researches and locates sources for new goods.
  • Negotiates with suppliers to secure appropriate cost, schedule, quality, payment, and delivery terms.
  • Evaluates quotes and selects suppliers.
  • Continually seeks improved sources for materials, supplies, and services.
  • Purchases goods from international suppliers.

Analyze Supply Chain Management requirements


  • Reviews sales forecasts, production schedules, and manufacturing history to determine material requirements for designated items.
  • Consults the automated planning system to make a variety of planning and purchasing decisions.
  • Determines re-order points for non-Material Requirement Planning (MRP) items.
  • Tracks manufacturing and inventory activity and works with Hillman staff to minimize inventory levels and costs.
  • Works with Hillman staff to outline cost, quality, and delivery specifications for new items.

Purchase Goods and Services


  • Generates and places purchase orders for a variety of goods. Follows up with suppliers and Hillman staff to ensure required delivery.
  • Accurately documents all transactions in the automated purchasing system.
  • Orders maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) and point of purchase materials as needed.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with suppliers. Monitors supplier performance and addresses issues as needed.

Special Activities and Teams

  • Participation on continuous improvement teams.
  • Completes import paperwork as required by US customs.
  • Works with Hillman staff to develop solutions for receiving, accounts payable, discrepant material, and engineering issues.
  • Participates in the Material Review Board committee.
  • Maintains a current knowledge of company products, manufacturing operations, and market trends.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



High school diploma or equivalent plus continued education in materials management and purchasing. Bachelor’s degree in business or supply chain management preferred.



  • ISM and/or APICS involvement strongly preferred.
  • Three years experience purchasing various materials, supplies, and services or the equivalent in education and experience. Experience purchasing electro-mechanical commodities strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of automated production and inventory control, purchasing, and MRP systems (Oracle Enterprise 1).
  • Working knowledge of statistical process control, supplier management, supplier certification, and product data management multi-level Bill of Material concepts.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows Office applications (Excel, Word, Access)
  • Excellent analytical, negotiation, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Good technical aptitude – able to understand basic engineering drawings and specifications.
  • Knowledge of Lean Processes.



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