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Senior Buyer

Date: Jan 8, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: James Hardie

Position Summary

The Senior Buyer is responsible for managing total cost of ownership and supply continuity for their assigned categories.  This individual is also responsible for managing a variety of strategic initiatives and ensuring compliance with procurement policies.  To be successful in this role you must be a problem-solver, strong communicator, and work well cross-functionally. The Buyer is a member of the Procurement team and reports directly to the Procurement leadership.



  • Plan and purchase raw materials to ensure appropriate inventory levels are attained and managed
  • Ensure materials are delivered to meet schedule in production facilities
  • Negotiate with vendors for goods and services; with the goal to obtain the best possible price and customer service
  • Develop and maintain new and existing supplier relations
  • Create tools for measuring supply chain efficiency and cost savings
  • Perform analysis and provide recommendations and ideas that support the organization's strategic goals and overall improvement of efficiency
  • Work collaboratively across internal departments and external vendors and clients to meet and exceed expectations
  • Intermediate to strong Excel Skills, comfortable with VLookups, Pivot Tables, etc.
  • Experience using ERP Systems, preferably SAP
  • Strong time management and organization skills are pivotal to success in this position
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Materials/Logistics Management, or a technical field
  • 3-5 years of supply chain experience (experience in purchasing/negotiation strongly preferred)




James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

Job Segment: Procurement, ERP, Purchasing, Supply, Buyer, Operations, Technology, Finance