Sr. Buyer - Packaging

Confidential Company  •  Chicago, IL

8 - 10 years experience  •  Manufacturing / Diversified

$77K - $88K ($70K - $80K base + 10%)
Posted on 08/12/17 by Greg Downs
Confidential Company
Chicago, IL
8 - 10 years experience
Manufacturing / Diversified
$77K - $88K
($70K - $80K base + 10%)
Posted on 08/12/17 Greg Downs

Senior Buyer - Packaging


Chicago, IL

Opportunity Summary

The Senior Buyer will responsible for purchasing and negotiating supplies relating to packaging materials (e.g., cartons, bottles, labels, etc.) for a privately held U.S. Manufacturing Company consistently recognized as a best place to work. 

Their core values are their guiding principles and include work - family balance, focus on quality and the customer, and doing the right thing.

Job Duties:

  • Collaborate with Brand Managers, Quality & Compliance, Product Engineering, Product Management and Private Brands departments in the development of new or revised products.
  • Liaison between suppliers and involved departments to resolve procurement related problems and issues.
  • Select vendors, assess vendor capabilities, develop alternate sources, evaluate vendor performance, and negotiate prices and delivery.
  • Recommend major purchases of materials based on anticipated changes in prices or on unusual availability situations.
  • Make certain purchasing documents are properly completed and the terms and conditions of purchases are appropriate.
  • Assures that department records are maintained and that purchases are followed up or expedited when required.  Department records include price histories to provide information on price variances.
  • Collaborate with vendors to identify innovative solutions or Supply Chain/Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) efficiencies.
  • Issue requests for quotes/proposals (RFQ/RFP) and select best source consistent with cost, quality and delivery requirements.
  • Negotiates and manages long term pricing agreements, vendor terms, pricing and delivery terms.
  • Sourcing strategies that drive cost reduction and process improvement with the department, and throughout the company.
  • Research industry(s) to identify best practices, process and strategies.
  • Ensure material inventory is maintained and available to meet the production schedule for customer demands.
  • Other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • BA or B.S. in Business or related major; MBA, CPSM or APICS certifications desirable.
  • 8 plus years of experience as a buyer of packaging materials.
  • Proficient with MS Office suite and other work related software..
  • Experience with JDE ERP is a plus.
  • Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of the legal aspects of procurement and contractlaw.
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