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Senior Buyer

Turntide Technologies

Turntide Technologies

Software Engineering, Accounting & Finance
chippewa falls, wi, usa
Posted on Monday, December 11, 2023

Senior Buyer

VES-Artex was formed in early 2021 after the merger of VES and Artex Barn Solutions. VES-Artex is the premier global technology solutions provider for environmental systems in agricultural facilities.

Based in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, the home of the organization's new Global Headquarters and Innovation Center, VES-Artex also leverages operations throughout the US, Canada, Latin America and the rest of the world.

VES-Artex is focused on animal well-being as the foundation for agricultural success while strengthening its capabilities to impact agricultural operational performance through connected technologies. This research-driven approach brings veterinarians, designers, product experts and dairies together to innovate intelligent barn systems that optimize animal well-being and drive sustainability for farms worldwide.

The Job

We’re looking for someone who is a self-starter that is accustomed to creating necessary process and procedure to improve efficiency in the Purchasing department. You enjoy being creative in your methodology and are excited to source new options.

You are a leader - you evaluate the competency and capacity of your team and compare it to what is required to meet our objectives. You then create and implement a strategy to close any gaps and look to create and implement strategies for continuous improvement. You exhibit servant leadership, growing nurturing, and providing support to each member in the team so that they can deliver on program goals and are enabled to reach their own aspirations.

As the Senior Buyer, you are responsible for managing our supplier base to ensure we are achieving reduced lead times, appropriate inventory in all warehouses, and new product needs.

NOTE: This is NOT a remote position where qualified candidate will be required to work onsite at minimum 80% of the time in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

At this point, we hope you're feeling excited about the job description you’re reading. Even if you don't feel that you meet every single requirement, we still encourage you to apply. We're eager to meet people that believe in our mission and can contribute to our team in a variety of ways - not just candidates who check all the boxes. We want people to feel comfortable expressing their true selves and to come, stay, and do their best work here.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the management of inventory levels at multiple domestic and internationally located warehouses.
  • Effectively evaluate historical sales data to determine safety stock levels and additional purchasing needs.
  • Continually evaluate and maintain safety stock levels using a documented process.
  • Lead demand planning meetings with customers and various sales associates.
  • Lead and train end users on internal procurement processes and procedures.
  • Manage relationships with key suppliers, resolve supplier issues and optimize suppliers' performance or recommend alternative sourcing.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships and communications with customers to achieve effective and efficient purchasing operations.
  • Partner with Product Team to source new products.
  • Evaluate current MRP and implement necessary changes.
  • Develop and present inventory turns metrics.
  • Negotiate and implement supplier contracts with approval.
  • Perform make vs buy cost analysis of products.
  • Research and forecast current buying trends, markets and products with attention to commodity products for our e-commerce channels.
  • Recommend improvements to procurement processes and procedures.
  • Manage the local Purchasing team.

Position Requirements:

  • Education: Bachelor's degree in a business-related field.
  • 5-7 years of work experience in a procurement-related position, preferably in a manufacturing environment.
  • 3+ years of experience in an international procurement environment.
  • Experience sourcing commodity products
  • Proven track record showing the ability to analyze data and make independent decisions.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Critical thinking and the ability to trailblaze new processes.
  • Experience with engineered drawings.
  • Experience managing and driving projects.
  • Experience with ERP systems, NetSuite a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Outlook.

The Upside

  • Competitive salary
  • 75% company paid family health insurance (medical, dental, vision)
  • Retirement contribution match 50%
  • HSA & FSA
  • Generous Paid-Time-Off policy
  • Autonomy and flexibility to build green tech from the ground up
  • Incredible growth potential - we are revolutionizing the dairy industry

VES-Artex is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity, or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Please note: Direct applications only. No unsolicited Staffing Recruitment Firm submissions will be accepted. Any unsolicited CVs received will be treated as the property of VES-Artex.

Terms and Conditions

I understand that disclosure of my gender and ethnicity (“Voluntary Disclosures”) is completely voluntary and will not be used to administer by application for employment. This information will only be used for diversity, equity and inclusion purposes.

I also understand and acknowledge all personal information, except for the Voluntary Disclosures, provided herein or collected in the future by the hiring company (“Company”) may be collected, used, or disclosed to administer my application of employment and this information may be shared with Company’s affiliates and subsidiaries for employment consideration purposes, as well as with third parties who perform related recruitment services on Company’s behalf. These third parties are not authorized by Company to use or disclose application information, except as necessary to perform services on Company’s behalf or to comply with legal requirements.

I further understand that my personal information will be kept confidential, secure, and may be stored by Company and/or third parties in various locations worldwide, including the USA, Canada and the UK.

I consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of my personal information provided to Company for purposes noted herein, including the Voluntary Disclosures for diversity, equity and inclusion reporting purposes. Except for consent relating to Voluntary Disclosures, I understand that if consent is withheld or revoked, my application will be withdrawn.

I verify that all statements made in my application for employment are true and correct and understand that any false statement shall disqualify me from employment. For additional information regarding Company’s applicant privacy policies and the collection, use or disclosure of personal information in connection with submitting an application for employment, please refer to the Applicant Privacy Notice.