Purchasing Manager
Brunswick Corporation - New York Mills, MN

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About Us:
Brunswick New York Mills Operations is the innovative manufacturer of Lund and Crestliner Boats. We pride ourselves on building the highest quality, most durable and innovative fishing boats in the industry. If you desire a career in a growing organization with a team focus, we encourage you to apply for a position with us. Brunswick New York Mills Operations is looking for individuals to join our team who are proud of our incredible legacy and share in our vision to create life-long memories on the water!

Position Summary:
In this newly created position due to our business growth you will lead, direct, and manage the purchasing department and the personnel who are dedicated to the New York Mills Operation’s. Responsible for directing the purchasing of supplies, materials and equipment for the company by selecting reliable sources, controlling prices and quality, and leading the department personnel. You will interface with Product Development & Engineering, Production, Quality, and Sales/Marketing in initiatives to streamline business and production processes, improve quality and reduce operating and warranty costs.

Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Take a proactive role with other company employees in assessing present material fulfillment practices and work with appropriate internal and external groups to initiate and execute process improvements.
  • Identify and develop opportunities for cost reduction and negotiate purchase agreements as assigned.
  • Analyze, manage, forecast, and schedule materials for manufacturing facilities using MRP system.
  • Establish professional working relationship while managing and providing guidance to assigned suppliers. Prioritizes supplier production efforts when capacity constraints affect delivery schedules
  • Manage inventory levels within defined parameters by utilizing available tools and reports
  • Assumes leadership roles in communications and resolving supply related issues.
  • Monitors and improves current tactical purchasing activities to ensure consistency with strategic sourcing direction.
  • Researches, recommends and assists in implementing procedures that improve upon existing processes for new purchased material releases.
  • Develops strategic relationships with key suppliers that further the company’s objectives of quality improvement, cost containment and technological advancement.
  • Identifies and develops opportunities for cost reduction though consolidation of suppliers and requirements, alternative sourcing, negotiation, labor reduction, warranty reduction, and value analysis.
  • Establish and monitor key metrics within the divisions that will lead to improved material control performance. Primary emphasis should be given to positive trends over time.
  • Effective management of non-current and obsolete inventory.
  • Lead the development and sharing of materials management best practices.
  • Ensure a positive approach to employee relations for all employees. Maintain effective lines of communication with employees, leads and peers. Build rapport and influence others in a positive manner.
  • Administer all policies and procedures as established fairly and consistently.
  • Lead by example; coach and mentor all assigned employees.
  • Support safety initiatives; policies and procedures to ensure plant operations are safe and consistent with company and governmental standards and help reduce accidents and injuries.


  • Job Requirements:
    Required and Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Business or related field; CPM or CPIM certification is desirable. MBA degree is a plus.
  • Five- seven years of experience in purchasing and supervision is required. Preference given to manufacturing experience
  • Must have excellent verbal, written, listening and communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively among all levels of an organization.
  • An understanding of and proficiency in change management and business process management. Proven ability to drive results through leadership influence.
  • Computer proficiency various software, including (ie; Microsoft, Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Project). Simulation software experience is a plus.

    About the Company:
    Based in New York Mills, MN - Lund Boats has been manufacturing high quality aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats since 1948. Lund Boats are built by people who love to fish and take pride in engineering and building the most innovative and durable fishing boat on the market. Whether you're a part-time weekend angler or a serious tournament pro or guide, Lund prides itself on delivering the Ultimate Fishing Experience!

    Also located in Little Falls, Minn., Crestliner celebrates 65 years in business and traces its origins to the Aluminum Boat Company that came to life within the walls of an airplane hanger back in 1946. Several transitions later, the company became known as Crestliner, and in 1991 the rivet-free UniWeld welded hull was a true revolution in aluminum boats. Crestliner continues to lead in innovations and setting new standards. Learn more about Crestliner and its line of boats by visiting www.Crestliner.com.

    Brunswick Corporation is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. (Minorities / Females / Disabled / Veterans).

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