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Purchasing Manager

Department: Purchasing
Location: Hartland, WI

Price Engineering, a SunSource company, is an engineering and distribution company that serves Mobile and Industrial fluid power markets   Price's system design expertise guides our customers from product selection to fully engineered hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical and automation systems and solutions. We currently have an immediate opportunity for a Purchasing Manager to be based out of our Hartland, WI location.

Position Summary:

The Purchasing Manager is responsible for the overall procurement and inventory management of
the wholesale products represented and sold by Price Engineering Company (PEC), and the
component products used by the engineering and production group (Systems Group) for custom
engineered and built assemblies and systems. Suppliers and products range from standard
wholesale product lines officially represented by PEC to one-time purchases from miscellaneous

This position involves strategic planning and solid execution practices. Thorough data analysis
and key metrics performance along with continuous process improvements are vital aspects of
this position.

The Purchasing Manager interfaces directly with Suppliers, Customers, and all Price Engineering
internal departments. Overall responsibilities require a high degree of knowledge of purchasing
and inventory methods, MRP, Quality Processes, and Lean Manufacturing methods. A reasonable
degree of technical and engineering competence is also required in this position.

This position will also involve management and oversight of the corporate pricing team and the
production planners.

Essential Job Functions and Performance Standards:

• Oversee daily process of running purchase requisition reports for assigned suppliers,
evaluate and determine which items and quantities need to be purchased and submit
purchase order. Establish proper approval process for all buyers or order processors to
keep purchasing aware of all corporate purchasing activities.

• Determine and set item inventory levels as required utilizing proper inventory control
classifications and methods. This includes restricting or limiting certain areas of the ERP
system to approved and trained users (min/max, porg, purchase orders, assembly
maintenance, transfers, stock adjustments)

• Monitor inventory activity and maintain desired turn rates. Assist with the selection of
product returns for annual supplier returns to minimize slow moving or dead inventory.
This may require review with product managers, approval for returns to stock from RMA
process, and production order returns to stock.

• Manage the Purchasing Team, Pricing Team, and Production Planners. Focus will be on
supporting and leading teams to buy material, management of overall corporate pricing
maintenance, and processing of customer orders by production team.

• Assist in the maintenance and upkeep of the PEC business system database including:
vendor/supplier records, item records, purchase pricing, and accessory/substitute product
records including VSI software.

• Assist Customer Service Team with customer scheduled order needs, releases,
expediting, and other purchasing related customer requests including collection, analysis
of customer material or production forecasts.

• Organize and manage customer specific inventory programs and agreements including
creating system visibility of such agreements.

• Review on-time performance metrics and work with Customer Service to identify
opportunities to improve performance through improved inventory management

• Work closely with engineering, production planners, and production team to plan and
perform the procurement of required components for systems projects

• Responsible for establishing and maintaining effective and valuable fabrication and other
miscellaneous suppliers for Systems Group. Secure and analyze supplier quotes (RFQ)
for products and services; negotiate prices and terms with these suppliers; recommend
suppliers with respect to cost, quality, and delivery competitiveness

• Work with key Distributor Partner Representatives as required maintaining a positive
business relationship

• Develop and maintain supplier grading system for quality performance (on-time delivery,
shipping errors, product quality, market cost competitiveness, transactional metrics, etc.)

• Document and implement ongoing corporate procurement strategy, policy, and process.

• Lead or key involvement in effort to develop and/or maintain supplier selection tool for
efficient selection of suppliers for use by all company personnel.

• Expedite issues regarding order delivery, damaged shipments, shipping errors, etc. Assist
with resulting billing issues.

• Strive to meet and assist with corporate quality standards. Document procedures and
processes for ISO standards and for departmental guidelines

• Other responsibilities and/or projects as assigned by management

Education: 2 or 4 year degree in business, finance, or related field

Licences/Certificate: APICS or NAPM a plus but not required


• 5+ years in purchasing, buying, or sourcing field
• 5+ years computer experience (MS Office, ERP or MRP system) in a
manufacturing or wholesale distribution environment
• 5+ years of employee supervision or management

Skills: Positive attitude is a must


Working at Price isn’t just a job, but a collaboration of technical specialists, office professionals, engineers and more. Our team is carefully selected for their experience, energy and imagination in order to relentlessly pursue every possible solution for our customers.

So if you are a self-motivated individual and effective in achieving customer service success through your professional accomplishments then we want to hear from you!

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 We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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