Plastic Executive Recruiters

Purchasing Agent, Polymers

SALARY:  $110,000 – $135,000

Note:  Must be qualified to work in the US without sponsorship.

Purchasing Agent

A very strong manufacturing company is looking for a Buyer to manage certain commodities.  This is a key member of their purchasing team, and there are significant opportunities for promotion.  The location is confidential, but we can share that the company is in a very desirable, low-cost area of a Southwest US metropolitan area.  This is a great opportunity, both in terms of work environment, benefits, and personal growth.  We will keep your information in very strict confidence.


  • The Buyer will analyze purchases to ensure we are achieving “lowest total delivered cost”, taking into consideration items such as on-time delivery, quality (PPM defects) and amount paid.
  • The Buyer will coordinate and lead procurement activities for critical manufacturing products with high value to manufacturing.
  • The Buyer will request “quotes” and proposals from potential suppliers, analyze cost, negotiate, and employ contracts, and work with other team members.  
  • The buyer will monitor and evaluate existing suppliers and compare to other potential sources to ensure that the lowest total cost is consistently achieved
  • Initiates necessary actions to assure best value is received, customer delivery requirements are met, and address any manufacturing problems at supplier facility.
  • Participate in developing strategies to achieve quality, cost and delivery availability objectives for the company.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business, or another related field.
  • Six years experience purchasing resins and compounds
  • Three years purchasing Polyethylene with relationships in that industry
  • Experience with lean and or Six-Sigma manufacturing concepts.
  • Sound negotiating skills and the ability to create/review contracts.
  • Experienced with cost reduction and development of strategic sourcing strategies.
  • Experience setting cost, delivery, and quality expectations of supply base, and holding them accountable to achieve set standards.
  •  “Technical” or “mechanical” skills such that you understand the functional purpose of products purchased as used in manufacturing. 
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to develop strategic plans, coordinate projects and communicate changes and progress.  
  • Strong problem-solving skills.

To apply for this job email your details to adam@plasticexecutives.com

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