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Senior Buyer in Portland, OR at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 4/26/2019

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  Senior Buyer, who will grow at our Vancouver, WA Hawthorne headquarter Office.

The Senior Buyer is responsible for sourcing of raw and/or packaging materials.  This person will help lead Hawthorne Supply Chain through strategic sourcing processes, as well as directly negotiating and contracting required volumes. Additionally, the Senior Buyer drives reporting projects to support Hawthorne Procurement activities.

In this role you will:

  • Develop category strategies, secure customer alignment, and execute

  • Develop commodity strategy linked to operating/strategic plan

  • Negotiate materials in context of strategic sourcing/operating plan

  • Advise on commodity strategy and corporate policies

  • Lead assigned sourcing projects and drives them to successful completion, including market analysis, the RFX process, negotiations, contract creation, and contract management.

  • Develop strong relationships with internal Business partners

  • Drive cost-saving initiatives to align with company goals

  • Participate in higher-order procurement activities such as internal demand management and partnering with suppliers for innovation to add value and achieve continuous process improvement

  • Evaluate supplier capabilities, cost structure, risks, and partnership potential

  • Drive supplier scorecards / ratings on an ongoing basis to measure supplier performance

  • Provide Supplier Scorecard reporting to support departmental vendor relationships.

  • Drive department analyses including: MPV, Cost Center Budgeting, Days Payable Outstanding, Cost Out Tracker reporting. Hold Monthly review with team to highlight areas of opportunity.

  • Demonstrate a bias toward action and ability to work autonomously

  • Travel occasionally as business needs dictate

The perfect person will have:

  • BS or BA in Purchasing, Finance, Economics, Accounting, Engineering, Information Technology or other business related field

  • 3 - 5 years’ relevant procurement experience

  • Solid negotiation skills

  • Analytical and strategic thought process

  • Proven record in leading change and implementing new procurement concepts

  • Expertise in financial analysis with knowledge in cost model development

  • Team player with the ability to work on cross-functional teams

  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to assume leadership role

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong computer skills (SAP R/3, MS office programs, Ariba)

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.