Buyer I - Integrated Supply in Maple Lake, MN   at Vallen

Date Posted: 7/13/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Position Summary:

Vallen’s Buyers are responsible for purchasing products, goods and materials (stock and/or non-stock) that meet the organization's standards of price, quality, timing, and reliability of supply.  A Buyer may be procuring product in support of a Vallen distribution center, warehouse, an assigned client, and/or an assigned vendor. 


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform procurement activities to ensure the organization's current and anticipated demand for products and materials (stock and non-stock) are met and in alignment with Vallen’s purchasing strategies.
    • Review and approve assigned inventory forecasts produced by the GAINS application.
    • Review and approve daily replenishment recommendations produced by the GAINS application.
    • Assess existing orders to determine action for expediting or de-expediting for optimal delivery.
    • Place purchase requisitions and vendor orders.
  • Monitor the quality and timeliness of products and materials supplied; may coordinate the return of damaged goods and/or replacement items.
  • Negotiate and coordinate vendor returns for aging, expired, or excess inventory; coordinate other liquidation activities as required.
  • Follow-up on the status of purchase orders with vendors to ensure timely delivery; and communicate status of orders with internal and/or external customers.
  • Communicates with vendors to resolve problems with timeliness and product quality.
  • Maintain and cultivate relationships with one or more suppliers, vendors, internal or external customers.
  • Research and resolve account payables nonconformance with suppliers.

Job Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g., Business, Finance, etc.) or equivalent experience.  1+ years of experience in the field of Procurement preferred.  CPM certification preferred.  Other relevant experience includes:

  • Excellent customer service.
  • Computer skills and aptitude to learn Vallen’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Inventory Management applications; GAINS experience preferred.
  • Mathematical aptitude for basic calculations.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Demonstrated strong attention to detail, organizational and execution skills.
  • Proficiency with MS-Office products.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.


Work Environment (Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.):

  • Long periods of time working on a computer and performing key-boarding activities.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.  The employee may be required to occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.

About Vallen

Vallen is an industry leader in delivering flexible supply chain solutions and services along with a comprehensive range of maintenance, repair, operating, production, safety, and electrical products to meet the growing supply needs of customers in facilities across North America and around the world. Vallen is headquartered in Belmont, NC and is a subsidiary of Sonepar USA, part of the global Sonepar family.

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What are the Benefits?

401K Plan, Health Insurance (medical, dental, and vision), Paid Vacation, Paid Sick, Paid Personal, Paid Holidays, Flexible Spending Accounts (Health and Dependent Care), Employee Assistance Program, Tuition Reimbursement, Employee Discounts, and a definitive career path.

EOE M/F/Disability/Veteran


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