Buyer II

Peru, IL, US, 61354

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.


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What You’ll Do: 


As the Materials Specialist - Procurement you will be responsible for managing total cost of ownership and supply continuity for their assigned categories.  You will manage a variety of strategic initiatives and ensuring compliance with procurement policies.  To be successful in this role you must be a problem-solver, strong communicator, and work well cross-functionally. You’ll be a member of the Procurement team and reports directly to the Procurement Manager.


Implements the Company’s vision for a value-added and strategic MRO procurement program by: (40%)

  • Providing the best total value for MRO parts and services required in manufacturing facilities
  • Partnering with Site Maintenance and Purchasing teams to ensure year-to-year, bottom-line cost improvements;
  • Participating in the development of sourcing strategies for the various MRO subcategories
  • Implementing effective sourcing strategies and tactics across multiple manufacturing facilities and sharing best practices between the regions;
  • Gathering, tracking, and evaluating market intelligence to provide Category Managers the best picture of the local market for sourcing and forecasting; and
  • Implementing management tools which increase procurement effectiveness and deliver bottom-line returns.


Manages regional procurement activities for all plant production needs and is responsible for deploying corporate strategic procurement direction and initiatives on the local level and in conjunction with the other hubs by: (40%)

  • Determining and recommending purchasing policies and procedures within the limits of delegated authority and in accordance with company-wide policies and procedures;
  • Setting up process to review and approve purchase requisitions and purchase orders;
  • Establishing and approving sources of MRO parts and services in coordination with Category Managers;
  • Receiving quotations and securing bids from vendors/suppliers;
  • Supervising the negotiation of purchase contracts, follow-up, scheduling and expediting of deliveries;
  • Supervising controls on receipts and acknowledgment of materials and supplies and the maintenance of purchasing records;
  • Collaborating with Maintenance Managers, Plant Controllers, Finance Directors, and other departments to ensure smooth and secure flow of materials;
  • Collaborating with manufacturing, materials, production control, engineering, R&D, and other departments to develop a comprehensive list of equipment, product specifications and substitute materials;
  • Visiting vendors’ offices and plants to investigate facilities, capacity, and quality;
  • Reviewing and processing claims against suppliers for unsatisfactory materials, delivery or equipment;
  • Keeping abreast with price trends in MRO parts and services to share with Category Managers;
  • Making recommendations on the timing and economic order quantity of purchases;
  • Preparing buyer’s manuals to facilitate standard procurement practices; and
  • Arranging for the sales of scrap, and obsolete and surplus parts.


The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.


What You’ll Bring:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Materials/Logistics Management, or a technical field.
  • 3+ years of materials planning experience within a major corporation (experience in manufacturing and/or operations preferred).
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage supplier relationships, resulting in improved performance and cost.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and utilize functional regional networks to find and qualify suppliers.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement strategic supplier performance and cost management systems on a regional scale.
  • Effectively leverage all resources (time, information, Company position, and communication skills) to achieve outstanding results.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain strong relationships across a matrix organization as well as externally and exert influence when needed.
  • Clear understanding of suppliers, customers, the Company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and aggressively address issues.
  • Ability to conduct thorough request for proposal (RFP) analysis for effective evaluation of suppliers’ competitiveness.
  • Demonstrated analytical ability to process supplier performance and cost data, market intelligence to develop and implement action plans which drive supplier performance and cost improvement.
  • Demonstrate personal integrity in conducting business with suppliers which ensure compliance with the laws, business guidelines, and ethical standards set by the Company, local authorities, and U.S. governments.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple concurrent assignments while meeting deadlines and demanding quality execution.
  • Proven track record directing external resources to manage and execute effectively.  
  • Demonstrated success directing vendor selection activities including RFP’s, legal agreements, performance monitoring, and other aspects of vendor management.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute a plan to quickly and effectively manage a supply interruption.
  • Ability to manage complex transactions involving suppliers, customers and all levels of management.
  • Demonstrated advanced skills with the standard features of various personal computer word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Outlook,).
  • Demonstrated experience in ERP systems software (SAP preferred).
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time.


What You’ll Receive:


  • At James Hardie, we recognize that our success depends on our people. We've worked hard to build a generous and competitive benefits program that demonstrates our commitment to our employees. 
  • Comprehensive low-cost co-pay Health Insurance; medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance benefits for every 30+ hour full-time employee. Insurance starts on day one!
  • 401(k) Retirement plan that will match 100% of employees saved dollars up to the first 6% of your salary
  • Paid holidays, paid vacation including Jury Duty and bereavement leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Parental Leave
  • Community Involvement & Sustainable Solutions - Fire Resistant Siding to Help Rebuild the Grizzly Flats Community | James Hardie
  • And more 

Apply now and come “home” to Hardie!



James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Ottawa

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