Company: The Hanover Insurance Group
Location: Lake Forest
Posted on: November 25, 2022
As a Fortune 500 company, Packaging Corporation of America (PCA)
is an ideas and solutions company. Our corrugated packaging
business seeks to be the leader in helping our customers - large
and small - package, transport and display products of all kinds.
Our white paper business delivers Paper With Purpose by providing
the highest level of customer service and operational excellence.
We have approximately 15,000 team members in more than 100
locations in the United States that strive to meet the local needs
of our customers. Our mission is to serve the needs of our
customers, today and tomorrow, with products and services that
exceed expectations for performance and environmental
Position Purpose Summary: The Senior Buyer is responsible for the
strategic and tactical management of agreements as assigned. The
Buyer is responsible for developing, monitoring, and pursuing
strategic and tactical projects in the areas of equipment
management, company-wide vendor/contract relationships, and
centrally led supplier management.The Senior Buyer ensures that all
programs are designed to fulfill the objectives of the company and
that program related expenses are managed responsibly. Dimensions:
Purchasing is a centralized function responsible for negotiating
company agreements with vendors for travel, office supplies,
manufacturing equipment, raw materials, automobiles, and real
estate.The department currently consists of eleven professional
purchasing associates.The Senior Buyer will typically handle
agreements in the $35 to $50 million dollar range.They will
primarily be focused on service and administrative type agreements.
Actual dollars managed may depend on the complexity of spend and
may vary. Principal Accountabilities:
- The Senior Buyer is responsible for the ongoing management,
negotiation, and administration of assigned agreements including
but not limited to equipment and services agreements.This includes
providing all managerial support of current contracts, monitoring
program usage, supplier management, and communicating with PCA
managers the scope and benefit of current agreements.
- The Senior Buyer is responsible for the continuous evaluation
of potential opportunities for new or improved program and vendor
contracts.This involves conducting all necessary needs analysis and
identification, market research, vendor reviews, vendor selections,
program recommendation, program negotiation, contract development,
and program communication and implementation.
- The Senior Buyer is responsible for program / contract
communication and policy training to area, plant, and corporate
management, and for resolving questions, issues, or problems
related to the agreements.
- The Senior Buyer is responsible for providing back-up coverage
for other department co-workers in their absence as assigned in the
department back-up plan.
- As a member of the Purchasing Departmental Team, the Senior
Buyer is responsible for knowing and following policies and
procedures of the company, for sharing information that would
benefit other members of the team; and for finding ways to improve
the delivery of service to our customers.
- As a member of the Purchasing Departmental Team, and the PCA
Team as a whole, the Purchasing Manager is expected to continually
strive to strengthen our business philosophy of Meeting needs,
exceeding expectations for our customers.The includes supporting
our Commitment to Service which involves doing what's right for our
customers; focusing on strategies that add value and support
growth; and keeping the promises that we make. Decision Making: The
Senior Buyer is expected to provide overall program management
including rendering recommendations on policies, procedures,
strategy, communication, training, and suppliers.The Buyer is a
representative of PCA in assigned agreement negotiations and is
expected to enter into contracts and agreements that are beneficial
to the company. Interactions with Customers and Contacts: Senior
Buyer will interact with co-workers from many areas of the company
including operations management, production, sales, human
resources, and technology.The Senior Buyer is expected to build
solid working relationships with individuals in these areas in an
effort to improve operations and effect positive change.Externally
the Senior Buyer will need to build relationships with third party
administrators, real estate brokers, property owners, contractors,
construction management companies, vendors and current suppliers in
order to determine the best resources available to PCA and to
effectively manage each program.The Senior Buyer is in a position
to evaluate all types of service providers and engage their
services as needed. Requirements:
- Educationally, a bachelor's degree in business, engineering or
procurement is required.
- Minimum 5 year experience in an operations function or a
corporate sourcing/purchasing function for a manufacturing company
or a combination of the two with knowledge of the commodities to be
- Strong project management experience with the ability to assess
business needs and make solid recommendations regarding timelines,
suppliers, contractors, and costs.
- Strong vendor / third party administrator management with the
ability to select, set-up, train, and provide ongoing
- Solid working knowledge of purchasing program administration,
contract administration, supplier sourcing, vendor analysis, and
program evaluation a plus.
- Strong working knowledge of Microsoft applications including
Word, Lotus Notes, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.Proficiency should
be at an intermediate level with the ability to design and create
presentations, spreadsheets, and databases.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability
to interact with individuals throughout the company as well as
build relationships with vendors, contractors, and brokers.
- Strong math and numerical data analysis skills.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Able to work independently, prioritize assignments, and achieve
- Able to work in a fast paced environment and handle multiple
- Strong organizational skills for daily work projects as well as
with paper and electronic files.
- Previous experience working in a team environment preferred, or
a strong understanding of the importance of open communication and
information sharing among co-workers. #LI-VP1 All qualified
applicants must apply at Careers.packagingcorp.com to be
PCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Veterans/Disabled and other
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