• Product Line Manager/Buyer

    Job Locations US-MI-Grand Rapids
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(1/4/2019 12:16 PM)
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  • Job Summary

    Reporting to the Director of Purchasing, the Buyer us responsible for negotiating and maintaining relationships with suppliers, managing inventory stock levels, purchasing inventory, and ensuring that all administrative responsibilities in support of suppliers and Colony management and business are completed in an accurate and timely manner.

    Major Responsibilities

    • Ensure daily execution of purchase orders in support of system and customer demand
    • Manage products to ensure the most current and core products are part of our offering
    • Manage system data parameters including min/max levels to ensure fill rate objectives are attained
    • Ensure cost and pricing is accurate and meets margin objectives
    • Review and rebalance inventory minimizing slow moving product
    • Negotiates best possible cost, payment and shipment terms
    • Maximize supplier promotional opportunities
    • Negotiate favorable rebate agreements
    • Re-source problem suppliers as necessary
    • Maintain supplier relationships always looking to leverage Colony’s position
    • Work with Branch Managers and suppliers to optimize local opportunities
    • Support requests for price and availability in a timely manner
    • Work with suppliers and marketing on promotional opportunities
    • Source new suppliers and products as required
    • Negotiate off sheet pricing for large volume and project buys
    • Ensure all system parameters are accurate and up to date
    • Resolve all receiving discrepancies in a timely manner
    • Provide management summaries on supplier rebate status as required
    • Ensure full reimbursement for all supplier promotions where applicable
    • Assist in special projects as required
    • Other duties as assigned

    Minimum Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in business or equivalent experience.
    • Minimum of 8 years purchasing experience
    • Strong negotiation, time management and critical thinking skills, including the ability to influence managers on product choices
    • Demonstrated experience in taking initiative to effectively obtain positive results
    • Ability to multitask and work effectively in fast paced environment
    • Excellent decision making skills
    • Experience in handling difficult customer service situations and managing conflicts
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment
    • Must have customer service mindset when dealing with internal and external cutomers
    • Excellent communication skills including speaking, reading and writing in the English language.
    • Proficiency in use of computer including Microsoft programs (Outlook, Word, Excel)


    Essential functions:

    • Physical dexterity for use of computer
    • Ability to review and interpret computer images and written documents
    • Analytical ability including basic math skills
    • Ability to listen to and interpret customers needs
    • Communication skills including speaking, reading and writing


    Equipment Used:

    • Laptop computer or IPad, keyboard and mouse
    • Telephone and fax


    Additional Comments:


    Must be able to travel to meetings, seminars, and training sessions.  Excellent attendance, punctuality and a customer service mindset are mandatory.



    Colony Hardware is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women, veterans and minorities.


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