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Senior Buyer

Date: Feb 23, 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)



Nearest Major Market: Chicago

Job Segment: Procurement, ERP, Purchasing, Logistics, SAP, Operations, Technology, Finance