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Purchasing Specialist  


The Purchasing Specialist plays a crucial role in supporting our purpose of creating lasting value for those we serve by helping the company gain additional market share and focus on the profitability of a specific set of product lines within our business for Van Meter, Inc (VM). The primary responsibilities of this position include purchasing, cost negotiation, data integrity and making solid pricing and product decisions for our business while collaborating across departments. This position builds strong relationships with suppliers, as well as with the company’s sales and pricing teams. The Purchasing Specialist is a self-starter, works autonomously and sets an example for others. This individual will impact the business by growing sales, market share and overall profitability. This individual’s behavior promotes our culture, our 5 P’s and our purpose to create lasting value for those we serve.

Key Responsibilities & Essential Functions:

Drive improvements in market share and profitability for designated lines

Optimize inventory levels based on market needs and financial return

Manage in-to-stock price file

Develop and foster key relationships with local representatives and suppliers

Build strong relationships with the sales team and members of the purchasing and pricing teams

Manage customer sell strategies

Collaborate with sales and pricing teams to implement competitive and profitable day-to-day selling strategies

Develop a keen understanding of local market distributor/manufacturer competition and market selling levels

Develop an intimate knowledge of the company’s inventory system (Eclipse) as it relates to procurement and inventory management

Manage product data files

Maintain data integrity

Take advantage of buying power by negotiating purchases and establishing effective buying schedules

Support company’s 3P’s sales support approach

Promote our culture and our 5 P’s

Critical Success Factors:

Strong communication skills and ability to work effectively across departments

Able to create a teaming atmosphere with internal customers

Strong negotiation skills, which will benefit the company financially while maintaining solid relationships with internal customers and suppliers

Willingness to take managed risks

Able to analyze trends, cost/pricing strategies, and best practices to constantly improve product line performance

Willingness to give and receive constructive feedback

Ability to understand and implement our processes and procedures

Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously while meeting deadlines

Must lead by example by displaying a positive work ethic and attitude

Ability to learn, grow, and adapt to change

Ability to make sound decisions with minimal guidance

Strong analytical skills and ability to solve problems and develop solutions

Drive for continuous improvement


Job Requirements/Specifications:

0-2 years of experience with an Associate’s Degree, four-year degree preferred

Education in Pricing Strategy is a plus

Electrical product knowledge is a plus

Previous sales or customer service experience required

Proven negotiation skills required

Knowledge of the electrical wholesale distribution industry preferred

Contractor market experience preferred

Proficient in Microsoft Office software, specifically Excel and Access

Experience with purchasing software systems required. Eclipse experience preferred

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Purchasing Specialist  
Number of Openings 1  
Location Kansas City  
About the Organization  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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