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Job Title: Position:  Plant Purchasing Manager     
Supervisor: Purchasing Manager, CA
Location: Watervliet, NY
Band: 04

Saint-Gobain the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to meet growing demand in emerging economies for energy efficiency and for environmental protection.  Saint-Gobain is a welcoming, solid, open-minded company that offers long term career opportunities.  Our key Coated Abrasives facility in Watervliet, NY is seeking a Purchasing Manager with experience in a manufacturing environment.

Job Description:

Incumbent is responsible for purchasing a full range of items and services which may include coordinating common purchases for more than one location and providing guidance for same.

  • Oversee all purchasing functions for the group. 
  • Purchasing functions include making material purchases, inspection, storage and inventories management.
  • Ensure production operates smoothly in regard to cost, quality and service.
  • Set priorities, schedule work and initiate projects.
  • Develop and maintain the units purchasing policies.

The incumbent receives broad, functional guidance and direction from their supervisor, and is measured against his/her success in meeting goals and objectives.  The incumbent is involved in setting objectives with a supervisor for his/her area of responsibility.  Only problems related to policy, personnel matters or procedural changes are referred to a supervisor.

The position demands expertise in negotiating and communicating to others the objectives and recommendations of the unit.  Typically, the most important vendors and products will be part of the incumbent’s responsibility and he/she will often initiate projects, and either undertake the responsibility or assign a project leader.  He/she will usually monitor the progress and analyze the results for the project work.             
Directing the purchasing effort of his/her unit includes procurement planning, vendor selection, order placement and expediting.  This entails sourcing and determining ultimate vendors through competitive bids, negotiating purchasing contracts, inspection of vendors’ facilities, approving the issuing of purchase orders and resolving problems arising in the course of a purchase transaction.  The incumbent does procurement planning for key items, which require setting objective, implantation of system, and analysis of informational reports.  He/she reviews monthly purchase price variance reports which are directed to him/her by the Cost Accounting Dept.  He/she reviews these reports and determines a course of action, revised standard costs, reviews design, or seeks an alternate source.



This position required demonstrated skills in communication, negotiation and project management.  These skills may be acquired through a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent as well as three to seven years work experience, including work in purchasing or a related field.  CPM Certification and computer skills required.  The incumbent must possess advance knowledge of purchasing principles, theories, concepts and procedures; a basic knowledge of principles and procedures in related functional areas; and a thorough knowledge of the project management process.

Please apply using reference number 530743 to:


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