Effective purchasing of stock inventory, non-stock material and services and project / capital material and services, ensuring appropriate sourcing, negotiations and contract development and documentation.
Ensure compliance with corporate supply contracts on MRO purchasing, including loading of contract pricing into the system to permit automated release of contracted inventory items.
Ensure site policies, procedures and government regulations are adhered to, including WSIB, liability insurance and WHMIS.
Follow up and resolve with Accounts Payable any invoice discrepancies, ensuring costs in the system are accurate.
Analyze inventory levels on stock items and purchases replacement items as required and per established purchasing standards, best practices and production requirements;
adjust reorder levels to reflect current usage and effective inventory management. Setup new item numbers as required. Manage obsolete items as required.
Setup and manage consignment and committed inventory agreements with suppliers to ensure accuracy and availability.
Selects vendors, assesses vendor capabilities, develops alternative sources and evaluates vendor performance. Negotiate price and delivery on purchased goods and services as required.
Assist and monitors alliance / contract price agreements. Negotiation and settlement of warranty claims.
Work with customs brokers on complete and accurate cross-border shipments.
Assures that open purchase orders are tracked, followed up on and expedited as needed; actively engaged in realizing, capturing and reporting cost savings opportunities.
Issues purchase orders and maintain positive supplier relations. Work proactively with internal and external customer to maintain high level of confidence and working relationships;
work with maintenance, engineering and operations in quoting and sourcing non stock needs.
Assist manager in contract preparation and / or review. Maintain blanket services agreements.
Actively participate in Compass Minerals Continuous Improvement Process (CIP) programs and use the tools of CIP to improve work flows.
Participate in career enhancement programs to attain / maintain professional level buying skills.
Attend monthly safety meetings.
Bachelors Degree, preferably in Business
Certification requirements : CPP, CPSM, C.P.M., S.C.M.P or equivalent preferred or additional related work experience.
Five (5) years of purchasing experience including sourcing, contract development and negotiations
General parts or mechanical knowledge a plus.
Heavy industrial experience a plus.
Good understanding of and experience with Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, Internet.
MRP / ERP software experience with JD Edwards, SAP, Oracle or similar an asset.
Must have excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
Multi-task with interruptions, superior organization and follow-up ability is essential.
Ability to work well with little supervision.
Adaptable to change in demands and priorities.
Good communication skills, works well with all levels of management, multiple personality types, and outside parties.