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Buyer - Procurement, R&D, IT, Capacity Support

Date: Nov 9, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: James Hardie

Position Summary


James Hardie Building Products, Inc. has an opportunity for an experienced Buyer who will be predominately responsible for managing the purchasing function related to large capacity expansion projects, as well as supporting the purchasing needs of our Central Procurement, Research & Development, and Information Technology teams.  This position will report to the Central Finance Purchasing Manager.


Position Responsibilities

  • Be an active business partner by providing project spend tracking and analysis to project leads and team members for large capacity expansion (capital expenditure) projects, assisting the Central Finance Purchasing Manager.
  • Creation, confirmation, and update of Purchase Orders for capacity, procurement, IT, and R&D items.
  • Daily review of open Purchase Orders.
  • Daily review of invoicing issues and actively managing items in our Vendor Invoice Management systems.
  • Monthly review of Goods Receipts to Invoice Receipts (GRIR) and active resolution of aging reconciling items.
  • Verify receipts on blankets/lease Purchase Orders
  • Daily approval of Purchase order report on released PO’s
  • Provide thorough analysis of selected scenarios to allow for a well-informed positive outcome.
  • Ad-hoc projects and analysis as needed


The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to influence others without a direct reporting relationship
  • Strong personal accountability and the ability to take ownership of tasks and projects.
  • Ability to implement ideas across multi-plant/country environment
  • Demonstrated ability to focus/prioritize on multiple opportunities at one time
  • Ability to influence vendors to achieve the best outcome as it relates to James Hardie business objectives
  • Competitive, creative outside-the-box thinker
  • Ability to conduct thorough request for proposal (RFP) analysis for effective evaluation of vendors’ competitiveness
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in ERP systems software (SAP preferred)
  • Interpersonal skills and a team player attitude
  • Multi-tasking capability required
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office applications


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a business-related field
  • At least 3-4 years of experience in a purchasing role, preferably in a corporate and/or manufacturing environment


Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with business partnering with project leads and/or budget owners.
  • Experience with the SAP Purchasing Modules


Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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