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Purchasing Agent and Material Manager
Since 1982 Star Industries has been the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty equipment attachments for the construction and building industry. Some of the largest equipment owners and operators in the United States and Canada use our innovative attachments to improve productivity, save time and reduce both capital and labor costs. Star Industries culture is top-notch, and we practice the fundamentals of a great work environment. We believe our success ultimately depends on the people that make up our company. We are fanatical about safety. We honor our commitments. We show meaningful appreciation. We treat each other like family. We find a way.
Star Industries is seeking an experienced Purchasing Agent and Material Manager. As the Purchasing Agent and Material Manager, you will play a critical role in the success of our manufacturing operations. You will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of procurement, managing inventory, and implementing lean manufacturing principles. Your strong negotiation skills and extensive knowledge in these areas will contribute to optimizing our supply chain and production processes
Procurement and Supplier Management:
- Identify and evaluate potential suppliers for steel and related materials.
- Negotiate contracts, terms, and pricing agreements with suppliers to secure favorable terms and conditions.
- Continuously monitor supplier performance, quality, and delivery schedules.
- Collaborate with cross-functional teams to assess material requirements for ongoing and upcoming projects.
- Implement lean manufacturing principles to optimize production processes and minimize waste.
- Streamline material flow to reduce lead times and enhance operational efficiency.
- Identify areas for process improvement and work closely with production teams to implement changes.
- Develop and maintain an effective inventory control system to ensure adequate stock levels while minimizing excess inventory.
- Monitor inventory turnover rates and develop strategies to improve inventory performance.
- Conduct regular cycle counts and reconcile inventory discrepancies.
- Work to reduce material costs while maintaining quality standards.
- Analyze cost data, track expenses, and develop cost-saving initiatives.
- Foster strong and collaborative relationships with key suppliers to ensure a reliable supply chain.
- Resolve any supplier-related issues promptly and professionally.
Compliance and Documentation:
- Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and standards related to material procurement.
- Maintain accurate records of procurement transactions, contracts, and supplier communications.
Reporting and Analysis:
- Generate reports and provide regular analysis of purchasing and material management performance to senior management.
- Utilize data to identify trends, opportunities for improvement, and cost-saving measures.
- Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, Business, or a related field.
- Proven experience as a Purchasing Agent, Material Manager, or similar role in a manufacturing environment, preferably in steel fabrication.
- Strong negotiation skills and the ability to build and maintain supplier relationships.
- In-depth knowledge of lean manufacturing principles and practices.
- Proficiency in inventory management software and Microsoft Office Suite.
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Detail-oriented with exceptional organizational skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Strong attention to detail, organization, and time management skills.
- Ability to professionally communicate and work with others.
- Handle materials in a safe and orderly manner.
- Work with team members to meet established goals.
- Must be able to frequently stand, walk, sit, bend, stoop, kneel, lift, climb, and/or balance.
- Self-motivated to perform a task to the best of one’s ability by using your own drive or initiative.
- Excellent attendance.
- Dependable and trustworthy
Come work at Star Industries
We’re always on the lookout for enthusiastic, talented people to join our team in a wide variety of roles ranging from product engineers, welders and assemblers to customer service and administrative staff.
At Star, you will have the opportunity to contribute directly to the success of the business. We will provide you with opportunities to grow, learn and make a difference in our organization and to be recognized for your accomplishments.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.
Working life at Star — and why you should join us
#1 We’re an industry leader. Star Industries is a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty construction gear. Our breakthrough attachments for forklifts, cranes and other machinery make life easier for workers, and are used by some of the largest equipment owners and operators across the United States and Canada. Oh, and our customers absolutely love our service and products!
#2 We’ve got your back. We believe in loyalty to customers, a culture of innovation, and in having a clear commitment to our team-members. If you can bring a ‘can-do’ attitude, we’ll give you the backing to ensure you reach for the stars.
#3 We pay you right. If you are giving us a big part of your waking hours, you should get paid well in return. We regularly check our pay against the market to make sure we’re paying competitive wages and offering the right incentives (healthcare benefits, holiday pay, 401K and more).
#4 We train you up. Most people who come to work at Star have never worked in the construction industry before — that’s okay! We have spent countless hours developing a best-in-class training program that starts on day one and never really ends. When you join Star, we want you to have a career not just a job.
#5 We have a strong company culture, called The Star Way! It’s easier said than done! But we foster a positive work environment, with a clear focus hitting goals through smart teamwork. We prize honesty, personal integrity, and ethical behavior, and always strive to provide flexible, family-friendly working conditions.
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