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Director of Purchasing

Vetsource, portland, or

Job - Corporate/Business

Close Date: 06/30/2019

General Summary:
The Director of Purchasing is responsible for considering all aspects of relationships with pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical suppliers, including price, quality, value, and the ability to respond quickly to changing supply requirements. This role will provide leadership in locating and maintaining the best sources of supply and materials and ensure that purchasing activities support quality, cost, inventory, and service level standards. The Director of Purchasing will be responsible for the continued development and management of the corporate inventory management information system.

Essential Duties:
Develops and maintains a distribution network between organizational locations
Oversees purchasing of goods, ensuring cost and quality standards are met
Establishes policies and procedures for identifying, evaluating, selecting, and negotiating with vendors
Manages vendor relationships and works with vendors to resolve any quality, shipping, or invoicing issues
Ensure purchasing department is adequately staffed, and necessary tools and inventory on site to meet demand
Assesses departmental performance, identifying weaknesses or risk, and suggesting operational changes to ensure the efficient flow of goods
Works closely with Accounting Program department regarding PO’s for reimbursement product from fulfillment partners and their 3rd party vendors
Ensures that materials are procured in an efficient, timely, and cost-effective manner, without disruption to operations. Implementing consistent process disciplines which leverage all available technology and talent
Administers cost reduction methods via increased supplier base, development of source directives, and centralized Vetsource purchasing
Negotiates discounts, terms, and conditions with vendors to maximize savings. Approves suppliers, contracts and agreements within authority level
Develops plans and procedures to carry out purchasing, inventory and materials management functions in accordance with Vetsource policies and uniform commercial practices
Develops trends and forecasts that can be used for operational purchasing decisions
Ensures inventory management practices are consistent with all accounting standards. Tailors inventory purchasing to support inventory needs to achieve maximum financials and operational performance
Performs all duties with the highest standard of business ethics and professional practices
Works with management to develop and implement new procedures to streamline processes and identify inventory discrepancies, including Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)
Develops and maintains department metrics that align with organizational objectives
Provides budgetary input based on executed results and projected initiatives
Supports supplier relationships through inventory planning, documentation, and execution
Develops long-term company wide demand planning, ordering, and procurement strategies
Other special projects as assigned

In addition to the job-specific responsibilities listed above, all employees are expected to support and model Vetsource’s Core Value Principles: Do the right thing every time; Treat others the way you want to be treated; Embrace Change; Be innovative; Get it done; Work hard, have fun! Employees will be held accountable for knowledge and effective application of these principles.

Strong integrity and ethics demonstrated throughout business conduct
Have a genuine passion for providing excellent customer service
Must be able to make sound judgement decisions and know when to ask their manager for assistance
Ability to communicate and partner with other departments to identify and assist in the development of enhanced processes and procedures
Ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects simultaneously
Ability to negotiate and manage contractual arrangements
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with great attention to detail
Results driven, proactive and ability to work autonomously
Exhibit a willingness to consistently take on new challenges
Improvement experience with department efficiencies
Facilitate process improvement projects with the team based on sound data analysis.
Proven ability to lead teams toward organizational goals with successful outcomes
Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively listen and communicate information in a clear, calm, and concise manner
Strong conflict resolution skills
Must be team-oriented and work well with others
Self- motivated with a strong desire to learn new products and technologies
Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment, with the ability to multi-task.
Demonstrates exemplary Vetsource Values and provides positive and respectful leadership
Capacity to effectively manage and motivate employees including tasks related to hiring, coaching, discipline, and staff development
Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback in a professional manner

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Leads programs to enhance the development and engagement of management staff and direct associates.
Oversight of all team personnel activities regarding hiring, conducting coaching conversations, reviews of performance and set goals, development, discipline, and payroll approval
Meets regularly with staff to coach, mentor, motivate, and retain employees
Provide staff with feedback regarding performance metrics to include correction action if necessary

Minimum of eight (8) years of progressive purchasing experience, preferably in the pharmaceutical materials distribution environment and/or commercial pharmaceutical products industry
Minimum of five (5) years of progressive experience in a leadership/managerial capacity
Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Engineering, Business or comparable discipline; or equivalent related work experience
Excellent computer skills are required; experience using email, instant message, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, ERP systems, as well as the ability to learn how to navigate unfamiliar systems or programs quickly

Preferred Qualifications:
Voracious appetite for growth and improvement
Veterinary experience a plus

Working Conditions:
Ability to stand and work at a counter/computer for long periods of time
Noise level in work area quiet to moderate
Environment where dogs are present

What We Offer:
Huge company vision and rapid growth opportunities, and teams made of smart, ambitious, and fun colleagues
Dog friendly office, sit-to-stand desks, and free gourmet coffee machine and Avanti market on site
New modern design office located close to restaurants, shopping, and public transportation
Competitive salary and full benefit packages including PTO, medical, dental, vision, FSA, and 401K

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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