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Purchasing Manager

Location: Michigan City, Indiana, United States
Job ID: R0024512
Date Posted: Sep 28, 2023
Segment: Connective Industries
Business Unit: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems
Profession (Job Category): Customer Service & Contact Center Operations
Job Type (Experience Level): Senior Management
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Summary of the position:

Sullair’s Purchasing Manager leads a team responsible for the sourcing and delivery of all the materials and services necessary to support its factory production and aftermarket operations. This group is responsible for local sourcing and procurement activities in support of Sullair’s Corporate Global Supply Chain.

In addition to procurement responsibilities, the group also oversees the material planning process. It controls the material planning parameters in SAP and updates them accordingly, to strike the proper balance between inventory levels and production requirements. Monitoring the flow of incoming material, processing defer and cancel messages, and expediting material are included in the daily activities. This position also manages Quality notifications and invoicing issues for resolution.  The Purchasing Manager helps develop core supplier relationships, with a mandate to meet organizational standards in respect to quality, service and best commercial value. This role is responsible for policy compliance for the acquisition of all goods and services within Sullair.

This position is located at Sullair's manufacturing plant in Michigan City, Indiana.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead a team that performs local sourcing and delivery
  • Manage the planning and delivery of raw material in support of production
  • Ensure execution of delivery from suppliers to support the production schedule
  • Analyze and improve existing processes, systems, practices and procedures
  • Develop individuals and team to enhance performance
  • Ensure compliance to company and governing policies for the procurement of goods and services
  • Communicate part status to internal production stakeholders
  • Directly manage supplier delivery on critical path items
  • Manage working capital with supplier deliveries, inventory management and supplier payments
  • Engage Engineering to develop design solutions that support delivery and cost initiatives
  • Work with other Sullair business units on alignment of procurement and sourcing strategies
  • Manage and develop appropriate relationships with suppliers to maximize value to the business
  • Assist with establishing Accurate SAP Planning Parameters and Material Replenishment Strategies
  • Daily Supplier Management and Communication to support production requirements
  • Participate in the daily Customer One meeting, and assist in resolving part delivery delays, impacting the customer
  • Other duties as assigned



  • BS Degree or equivalent work experience, preferred

Professional experience:

  • 5 years’ purchasing, planning or supply chain experience within industrial manufacturing
  • Knowledge of MRP system(s) (SAP) and Microsoft Office applications
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills a must
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, adapt to changing business conditions, and work well across all levels of the organization
  • Ability to creatively solve problems
  • Self- Motivated and Assertive
  • Strong interpersonal and active listening skills

Key behaviors:

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work within a cross-functional, collaborative environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and professional demeanor
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Candidate must work well in a team environment.
  • Strict attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently on a daily basis
  • Must be results-oriented, high energy, and a representative of the Sullair Values

Direct reports:

  • Buyer Team

The successful candidate is responsible for complying with Sullair’s Code of Ethics and related policies. In performing the job, the incumbent shall take all steps necessary to comply with our safety rules and requirements and must actively support the organization's efforts to meet and exceed its goals of creating and maintaining a safe workplace.

This description is to serve as a guide. It is intended to be flexible and will continue to evolve over time with business needs and demands and may be updated periodically and at the Company's discretion.

Sullair is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate based on race, religion, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or other protected categories under applicable law, whether in recruitment, employment, promotion, transfer, compensation, or other conditions of employment.

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