Purchasing Agent
Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. - Deerfield, IL

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Beam is one of the world’s largest premium spirits companies, encompassing a portfolio of nearly 100 brands (including 10 of the world’s top-100 premium spirits brands), more than a dozen global operating and commercial facilities and 3,100 employees worldwide. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for our brands, including Jim Beam® Bourbon, Sauza® Tequila, Canadian Club® Whisky, Courvoisier® Cognac, Teacher's® Scotch Whisky, Maker's Mark® Bourbon, Laphroaig® Scotch Whisky, Cruzan® Rum, Hornitos ™ Tequila, EFFEN® Vodka, Larios® Gin, Whisky DYC®, DeKuyper® Cordials, Knob Creek® Bourbon and Skinnygirl® Cocktails. Growth through innovation is a key strategy at Beam, with Red Stag by Jim Beam® Bourbon, Cruzan® 9 Spiced Rum, Maker’s 46™ Bourbon and Courvoisier® 12 Cognac and Courvoisier® 21 Cognac all being launched as new products over the past two years. For more information on Beam, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, visit www.beamglobal.com and www.drinksmart.com .

Our success and the quality of our brands are attributed to the talent of our people. Beam is composed of industry-leading talent, and we take pride in offering a rewarding experience to employees around the world. Developing our people, rewarding high performers and nurturing talented individuals is a top priority for us because, as a brand-led company, we know great brands don’t build themselves. It’s great people who build great brands. An equal employment opportunity employer, Beam is seeking talented, energetic, flexible individuals who are eager to work hard, have fun and make a difference in the exciting, entrepreneurial and rewarding environment of Beam.
Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World.

PURCHASING AGENT

REPORTS TO:
Senior Manager POS Purchasing

BASIC FUNCTION:
Manage and procure Point of Sale (POS) promotional printed materials, customer premiums and displays.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Manage promotional project requisitions through sourcing, negotiating, planning, executing and monitoring individual items until complete and delivered to POS Warehouse.

Obtain and purchase materials considering the guidelines or price, service, quality and delivery.

Select and direct appropriate vendors and interface with design agency. Maintain relationships with vendors to enhance the buying process.

Generate and Submit Purchase orders

Conduct value analysis of currently procured materials to achieve cost savings without sacrificing essential performance characteristics.

Search market for new and alternative products/materials to increase efficiency and profitability.

Analyze market conditions and report on issues significantly affecting availability and costs of major purchased materials.

Maintain effective communication with other departments, plant personnel and marketing managers.

Investigate any issues or problems with suppliers who have caused company losses.

Reconcile short ships and other delivery issues

Identify and resolve Accounts Payable issues

Ensure all goods and services receipts are entered in a timely manner]

Manage integrity of data for PO’s.

Administer an approved vendor list for assigned materials based on criteria from the following: Conduct vendor visits and apply comprehensive checklists. Periodically review vendor performance. Make recommendations to add or change suppliers.

Research issues impacting material quality, design, supply and cost. Research new packing designs and changes.

Participate, lead and manage project teams and activities. Responsible for assisting with project implementation and the end result.

Ensure that systems, processes and reports meets all requirements established within Sarbanes Oxley Act.

Monitor and update weekly POS Status Report with current information to keep marketing up to date.

Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s Degree in business related discipline or equivalent experience
Minimum five years experience in purchasing, preferably in packaging components.
Excellent communication skills.
Good organizational and negotiation skills.
Strong analytical skills.

Benefits:
We are very proud of our compensation/benefits package which includes:
Medical, dental, vision and life insurance (eligible on date of hire)
Flexible spending accounts
Tuition reimbursement
A generous retirement program which includes, profit sharing and matching 401(k)
EOE/AA

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or status as a qualified individual with a disability or Vietnam era or other protected veteran.

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