Purchasing Agent II

Date: Apr 29, 2022

Location: High Point, NC, US

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Job Purpose

The purchasing agent will work with suppliers to purchase the good and services for wood coating.   This role supports and orders the raw material, packaging, and non-stock items for plant manufacturing to successful meet customer demand.  The purchasing agent works with multiple departments to resolve issues. i.e. quality and invoicing issues.  They position will support capital projects and production functioning by placing purchase orders and submitting invoices for vendor payment.

Key Responsibilities

•   Order raw materials, packaging and labels to make and fill product going to the customers.

•   Monitor and order bulk raw materials so we do not run out of bulk tank raw materials.

•   Support accounting dept. and help investigate invoice issues so the vendor gets paid.

•   Resolve any receiving issues.

•   Assist with returns to vendors for product damaged or wrong material sent in.

•   Work with quality dept. to investigate raw material quality issues. Responsible to contact vendors for COAs, and technical support.

•   Submit P2I tickets to get an SRM Po generated.

•   Request new vendor information to submit ticket to get a new vendor set up.

•   Assure optimal inventory levels and safety stock are maintained for raw materials.

•   Work with outside warehousing to get materials back to the plant for production use.

•   Submit Pos for capital projects going on.

•   Lead root cause and corrective action for raw material outages.

•   Keep track of drum trailers coming in and out of the site.

•   Expedite raw materials when necessary to meet customer needs.

•   Communicate with production schedulers and pre kit team to ensure we have raws for production.

Additional Responsibilities

•   Set up in bound delivery for Ryder warehouse for them to receive in finished good stock.

•   Enter vendor complaints into the quality system.

•   Performs end of month consignment billing.

•   Request cycle counts for raw materials and packaging to reconcile inventory issues.

•   Work with Corporate procurement when critical raw material issues arise.

•   Forecasting to vendor when requested.

•   Execute cost reduction.

•   Manage inventory levels to reduce slow moving raw materials.

Job Requirements

•   Bachelors Degree Business Management. 
•   Minimum of 5 years in purchasing. 

•   Proficient in SAP and Microsoft office. 
•   Must be able to work in a fast pace environment. 
•   Ability to multi-task and adjust to shifting priorities.    

Level of Autonomy

Make decisions to expedite a raw material ordering when needed to mitigate customer shortage.

Make decision to submit orders above inventory for discontinuing products that are needed for production unless replacement item is provided.

Review of bulk tank usage with R&D to determine changes needed for cost reduction.


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AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable laws, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Requisition ID: 22247 


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