Purchasing Agent at TRC Staffing

Job Type
Full Time, Temporary/Contract/Project
Staffing/Employment Agencies
TRC Staffing
Malvern, AR 72104

TRC Professional Solutions seeks a full time Purchasing Agent for an international manufacturer of wood products. Position is located at an established mill in Central Arkansas.

Responsibilities will include purchasing of goods and services for the mill. Responsible for the validation of suppliers and evaluation of products and services offered. Responsible for the preparation, solicitation and review of proposals and award of contracts within the scope of assigned authority. Maintain the establishment of purchase orders; tracking of purchase orders, invoices, receiving and acceptance records system.

Major Responsibilities:
•Ensure full compliance with approved Purchasing and Contracting Policies and Procedures.
•Obtain goods and services in support of all company business units by placing Purchase Orders within their scope of authority, against existing National Contracts to maximum degree possible and practical. When there is no National Contract, take appropriate action, following company's contracting policy and procedures, to source, develop and award local or regional contracts within their budgetary and contracting scope of authority.
•Assist in developing requirements and specifications (R&S) and statements of work (SOW) by providing information pertaining to potential suppliers, supplier history data, technical/functional data, pricing data and other data necessary to ensure the development of a complete and accurate R&S and/or SOW.
•Administer or assist the using offices in administering, contracts to include establishing supplier relationships, executing contract modifications/amendments, expediting deliveries, responding to supplier and user queries and resolving contractual issues.
•Provide value added service by constantly striving to find new and better products, sources of supply, and better ways of meeting or exceeding the needs of operations and the functional areas.
•Participate in maintenance and operations planning meetings to ensure early purchasing involvement to drive maximum value.
•Assist location's storeroom managers as appropriate for procurement of stocked and non-stocked items.

•Responsible for the purchase of goods and services for assigned location. The primary objective of this role is to work with the business areas to support the continued success of mill operations, through effective purchasing / supply chain activities. Recognizing that the main function of Purchasing within the organization is Customer Service.
•Train and coach mill personnel on purchasing processes, procedures and expectations.

•Bachelor’s degree in business administration or supply management or three to five years related experience.
•Purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment is required. This is a large, 24-7 operation.
•Ability to deal effectively and consistently with staff, suppliers, and cross functional teams in order to complete job responsibilities.
•Accurate data entry skills and familiarity with spreadsheets and computers are required.
•Must be detail oriented and able to work under strict deadlines.
•Must have in-depth knowledge of strategic sourcing methodology.
•Familiarity with transportation modes, such as parcel, LTL, truckload, air, and courier, is preferred.
•Excellent planning and organization skills, strong verbal and written communications skills and effective negotiating skills are required.
•Advanced computer (Microsoft office) skills using multiple applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required.
•Familiarity with Six Sigma / Lean process improvement is preferred.
•Ability to effectively perform multiple tasks and respond to deadlines is essential.
•CPM/CPSM certification is preferred.
•Systems experience with SAP and CMMS preferred

About TRC Professional Solutions

For over 10 years, professionals and employers have trusted TRC Professional Solutions with their business and careers. Year after year, Inavero’s Best of Talent and Staffing awards have been presented to TRC Professional Solutions for providing superior service and results to both our clients and job seekers. We create a different experience for our candidates and clients by remaining solely focused on bringing the right talent to the right opportunity, throughout every stage of our unique recruitment process. For more information, visit: