Aiken, South Carolina, United States

Purchasing Specialist II

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Job ID 53951


The plant buyer is accountable for M & S inventory management, materials planning, purchase order entry and supplier payments. The incumbent will have thorough knowledge of materials replenishment planning. He/she will support in the development and implementation of sourcing projects to best satisfy the needs of the customer, operations and finance. He/she is responsible for the execution of processes to ensure the sourcing function is meeting all plant operational requirements, sustaining Sarbanes Oxley compliance, driving productivity through sourcing initiatives, and leading corporate sourcing directives.The buyer has the direct control of material inflow and understanding of supplier limitations.  The buyer will manage spend as well as handle the raw material, service and capital purchase orders. 

REPORTS TO:   This position reports to Sr. Supply Chain & Sourcing Leader.


1.Living the safety stand and adhering to safety responsibilities

  • Ensures a safety focus in all sourcing processes and builds a culture where safety is the first priority
  • Implements corporate sourcing programs in a safe manner and manages through a focus on safety

2.Knowing our Customers

  • Interfaces with internal customers to ensure total satisfaction
  • Develops, implements and manages sourcing procedures and processes to ensure the plant receives the right materials in the right quantity at the right time
  • Manages SOX compliant processes that meet internal customers’ needs and fitness for use

3.Directing Operations

  • Understands and ensures that all plant sourcing processes are complying with Sarbanes Oxley requirements
  • Obtains production schedule from the planning team; forecasts consumption and plans orders accordingly
  • Ensures no production stock outs; communicates risk and action plans as needed
  • Develops sources of supply for materials & parts where vendors and suppliers are inadequate
  • Negotiates optimal processes and contracts for materials and services with suppliers and vendors
  • Continuously improves sourcing processes by leveraging best practices and eliminating waste
  • Manages working capital performance through daily processes and Tools & Materials Team
  • Monitors and takes actions to minimize slow moving and obsolete inventory & inventory losses
  • Provides back-up coverage for other plant buyers as directed
  • Ensures proper back-up coverage for own responsibilities through standard work document and work instructions

4.Leading and Developing Talent

  • Identifies training and development needs of employees and works with others to meet those needs with respect to sourcing processes
  • Leads by example to increase enrollment and engagement in sourcing processes, initiatives and requirements



  • Minimum of 5 years of sourcing/purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Purchasing, Logistics or related field preferred
  • Experience using SAP

Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Understanding of and ability to work within Sarbanes Oxley Control
  • Competent in SAP, MRP and Microsoft Office
  • Develop People
  • Ability to deal with complexity and changes
  • Competitively drive results
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) to effectively communicate with people across all levels of the organization
  • Customer oriented
  • Inspire and energize others
  • Collaborate and foster team work
  • Act on analysis
  • Think strategically
  • Engage self and others in learning
  • Follow through on commitments and promises
  • Generate Ideas

About Owens Corning  

Owens Corning is a global leader in insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composite materials. Its insulation products conserve energy and improve acoustics, fire resistance, and air quality in the spaces where people live, work, and play. Its roofing products and systems enhance curb appeal and protect homes and commercial buildings alike. Its fiberglass composites make thousands of products lighter, stronger, and more durable. Owens Corning provides innovative products and solutions that deliver a material difference to its customers and, ultimately, make the world a better place. The business is global in scope, with operations in 33 countries. It is also human in scale, with approximately 20,000 employees cultivating local and longstanding relationships with customers. Based in Toledo, Ohio, USA, the company posted 2018 sales of $7.1 billion. Founded in 1938, it has been a Fortune 500® company for 64 consecutive years. For more information, please visit

A career at Owens Corning offers the ability to enhance your expertise and achieve your personal and professional aspirations. Through it all, we’ll empower you with an environment that encourages open communication and big ideas, competitive pay for your performance, comprehensive benefits, and more opportunities to make your impact.

Owens Corning is an equal opportunity employer.

Please note:Applications must be filled out completely—incomplete applications will not be considered. Resumes are welcome, but are not a substitute for completing the application.

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