The S&S Worldwide family, with over 100 years of experience, continues to do what we do best: Delight customers with fun, hands-on learning products for the young and the young at heart.
Our bottom line is Happy Customers. We want our customers and our associates to see S&S as the "Helpful Company," . Your success is our success. The things that drive you to develop unique solutions, roll up your sleeves and collaborate successfully are what enables us to provide superior savings, service and selection to our customers.
Position Summary:
Responsible for the inventory planning and replenishment of assigned products both domestic and import. Responsible for the sourcing of new products and replacement suppliers for existing products. Responsible for having the appropriate amount of given products on hand at the best cost for a products complete life cycle.
Position Responsibilities:
Make replenishment purchases for assigned products, obtaining best price and service advantages. Negotiate prices and terms in accordance with normal purchasing policies and procedures.
Use resource planning and forecasting tools to analyze trends and stock position in making buying decisions. Analyze trends for their products and adjust forecasting appropriately to more accurately reflect reality. Maintain appropriate inventory levels for product category.
Source new products as a result of Global Tracker requests from multiple areas of the company, including National Accounts, Bids and Contracts, Special Orders Desk, etc.
Stay informed of sources and costs for assigned products and change suppliers when appropriate.
Stay informed of market conditions, competitors, cost trends, world markets, currencies and unusual developments that may affect inventories, prices and availability of products. This includes attending trade shows as required.
Obtain information required for establishing or maintaining supplier relationships that meet established Supplier Compliance criteria.
Maintain professional relations with supply base; visit existing and potential suppliers, as appropriate.
Negotiate pricing, terms, and allowances from existing suppliers by holding regular supplier meetings with top suppliers and initiating annual pricing plans.
Maintain accurate Purchase Order dates; expedite or de-expedite/cancel as needed through use of Vendor Management System (VMS).
Process NCR (Non-Conformance Report) and On Hold notifications in a timely manner. Initiate charge backs to vendor base, as appropriate.
Maintain Backorder report and obtain alternates, as needed.
Other projects, as assigned.
College degree preferred.
3-5 years experience in Inventory Planning/Purchasing.
Working knowledge of resource planning and forecasting.
Import buying experience.
PC literacy to include spreadsheets, word processing and familiarity with computerized inventory control systems.
Attention to detail, strong organizational and follow through skills.
Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to develop and maintain good working relationships.
Speak Mandarin Chinese preferred.
Decision making ability, strong analytical and interpersonal skills.
Effective, persuasive and persistent communicator.
Strong contract negotiation skills; proven track record of cost reduction.
Able to handle multiple tasks and prioritize workload.
ERP systems knowledge and experience preferred.
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