Raw Material Buyer

Raw Materials Buyer (2 Openings )

Lebanon, KY and Marion, VA American Wood Fibers (AWF), a rapidly growing manufacturer of consumer and industrial products sold to other manufacturers and to pet, agricultural and home heating markets, seeks a Raw Materials Buyer based at its Marion, VA and Lebanon, KY facilities. AWF manufactures at 10 locations spanning the nation, has 350 employees, and generates over $100M in annual sales revenue. Description: Position responsibilities include: purchasing logs/raw material, managing schedule and delivery, communicating lead times to sales and production departments, negotiating costs and minimums with suppliers, counter-sourcing when necessary, and managing raw material database. Leads activities involved in identifying suppliers, procuring raw materials for American Wood Fibers and negotiating with suppliers to obtain optimum quality, cost, terms, etc.

¢ Strategically develop new supply sources as necessary insuring quality requirements and product specifications are met.
¢ Coordinate company resources (Engineering, Production, Sales, QA/QC, and Maintenance) in the selection and qualification of new suppliers.
¢ Reduce total acquisition costs through effective supplier contract negotiations and cost improvement initiatives.
¢ Manage purchases to avoid excess and obsolete inventory.
¢ Work with key plant personnel to maintain and evaluate raw material inventory levels and purchasing requirements.
¢ Take lead position in working through return to supplier issues with QA (rejections, damage, etc.).
¢ Product Sales responsibility including maintaining proper inventory levels, relationships, and negotiating positive GP sales. Qualifications:
¢ Log, Wood /raw material purchasing experience is a plus but not mandatory. The ideal candidate has wood and log supplier contacts.
¢ 3 years raw material buyer experience preferably in a manufacturing environment
¢ Bachelors degree or equivalent experience.
¢ Strong computer skills including the ability to prepare spreadsheets and use Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, Power Point and/or Access) to analyze data and trends. ¢ Excellent planning and organizational skills, with the ability to balance raw material inventory with production.
¢ Highly motivated, results oriented, driven.
¢ Available for regular travel to multiple company locations to support acquisition activities.

For Consideration:
Successful candidate must be able to work in a smoke free environment. We offer a competitive package to include health, dental, vision and life insurance, plus profit bonus, paid time off and matching 401(k).

If interested please email cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: openings@awf.com. For more company information, please visit our web site www.awf.com. An EEO employer.