Purchasing Agent
Imerys - Greeneville, TN

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Imerys is the world's leader in mining industrial minerals. CE Minerals is a division of Imerys which manufactures and supplies superior quality industrial minerals, mines and processes high quality alumina-silica calcines and a variety of fused minerals .

This individual will be responsible for supply buyer duties, as required to meet the needs of all departments within the facility. Will also provide feedback to the Logistics and Purchasing Manager on a continuous basis.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Utilize systems to process Purchase Requisitions for entire operation
  • Utilize system to convert Purchase Requisition into Purchase Orders
  • File Purchase Orders
  • Follow-up on past due orders with vendor to ensure delivery status
  • Evaluate current vendors for conformance, pricing, and on-time delivery
  • Evaluate potential new vendors for qualification through RFQ, ability to provide purchased items, delivery, and financial viability
  • Negotiate vendor prices continually, to ensure best price and best service
  • Negotiate vendor payment terms; converting to Net 45 wherever possible
  • Oversee local purchasing processes and functions and ensure their adherence by all departments
  • Assist Accounts Payable with invoice discrepancies
  • Follow and maintain ISO Departmental procedures
  • Assist Logistics and Purchasing Manager as needed
  • Provide process and system training as needed
  • Ensure adequate inventory levels are maintained for critical spares
  • Assist in cycle counts on supply inventory as needed. Ensure cycle counts are completed routinely
  • Monitor daily storeroom inventory activity; maintains accurate files, material descriptions, and correct min/max levels are being maintained
  • Prepares re-order reports with quantities required for inventory replenishment
  • Issues supplies, materials, and equipment to employees
  • Assist Site Manager as needed
Skills and Attributes Requirements:
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good organizational skills with demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Capable of multi-tasking
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Demonstrated analytical, project management and business development skills
  • Highly organized and able to work well with customers and employees at all levels in the organization
  • Excellent “teaming” skills. Able to work effectively on cross functional teams and projects
  • Knowledge and appreciation of business concepts and requirements as applicable to industrial manufacturing
  • Ability to work in a dusty environment
  • Ability to follow MSHA and plant safety requirements
  • Ability to use/wear personal protective equipment
Education/Experience Requirements:
  • B.S., Accounting, Finance, Operations/Engineering or related field
  • years’ experience in finance, accounting, production planning, or related field
  • 2 years’ experience with Manufacturing or Distribution operations
Work is performed in an office environment requiring lifting/carrying objects less than 20 lbs; sitting at workstation for moderate periods of time; ability to ; talking/hearing on a telephone and in-person, vision required for reading and operating a computer. Physically capable of potential heavy sporadic travel.

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Imerys knows the ins and outs of mining rare resources. The company extracts and processes minerals into various industrial materials used...