Buyer in Vancouver, WA at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 9/6/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us!

We are looking for a Buyer who will grow at our Vancouver, WA corporate offices.

This person plans, directs, coordinates and negotiates the procurement of goods, materials and supplies while protecting the company’s interests. The main goal is to minimize costs and maximize ROI through optimal combination of price, quality and delivery of inventory good.

In this role you will:

  • Partner with demand planner to have the right product, at the right time, in the right location
  • Conduct purchasing activities for designated transfers, domestic or international vendor purchases
  • Review and maintain all setup in ERP system (Epicor and SAP) and purchasing software to insure timely and accurate purchase orders
  • Communicate with Demand Planner on needed overrides of Rocky Soft calculations into Epicor for SS (Safety Stock) and lead times
  • Execute proactive inventory management activities to maximize company fill rates to customers in all centers while reducing overstock inventory, return of non-productive inventory and increasing inventory turns
  • Partner with internal customers to resolve material availability or quality concerns and develop long term strategies for Supply Chain optimization
  • Responsible for timely response to all stakeholders both internal and external
  • Responsible for cost control management and consistently looking for ways to improve our bottom line (better vendor terms, prices, volume rebates, freight allowances, etc.) and aid in improving our overall level of service to our customers
  • Evaluate suppliers to assure on time deliveries in correct quantities
  • Prepare for and participate in regularly scheduled purchasing and vendor meetings
  • Support implementation of policies and procedures consistent with objectives of the purchasing department

The perfect person will have:

  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain, Logistics or related field
  • Minimum 3 years experience in procurement of goods, materials and supplies
  • Strong understanding of sales, marketing and operations in a distribution company
  • Strong analytical, auditing and research skills
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills with a customer service focus
  • Understanding of procurement policies, procedures, and practices
  • Ability to maintain composure in high stress situations with suppliers, peers and internal customers
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively to maximize performance, creativity, problem solving and results
  • Experience with Rocky Soft purchasing, SAP and Epicor ERP system

This is what we will bring to the table:

  • Extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage
  • Discounted gym memberships across the U.S.
  • A highly energetic and fast paced environment at a rapidly growing company
  • Unbelievable 401K match and discounted stock purchasing program
  • Generous vacation day policy in addition to 11 holidays

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.

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