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Purchasing Agent

Topeka, KS
Company: HF Rubber Machinery, Inc.
Job Title: Purchasing Agent 
Job Type: Full-time

HF Rubber Machinery, Inc., a subsidiary of the HF Mixing Group, is the global leader in the manufacturing of rubber and plastic processing equipment.  HFRM, based in Topeka, Kansas is looking for a Purchasing Agent. The Purchasing Agent maintains operations by purchasing materials, equipment, and supplies through negotiations with approved vendors. The ideal candidate will have strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills, a positive and professional image, ability to work with all levels of employees, excellent organizational skills and be a self-starter with a high degree of self-motivation and initiative. 

HFRM also offers a full benefits package:  paid vacation and sick, medical, dental, company-paid vision, life and disability; 401k and Roth savings plans and student loan repayment assistance; 12 paid holidays; and wellness. 

Essential Job Functions include, but not limited to:
  • Determine purchasing requirements by reviewing inventories and purchase requests.
  • Determines specifications by analyzing use requirement and consulting with users.
  • Identifies suppliers by researching materials, equipment, and availability of supplies; evaluating alternatives; verifying supplier performance record and certification.
  • Obtains quotes by forwarding requirements to supplier.
  • Places orders by negotiating price, terms, and delivery.
  • Ensures materials, equipment and supplies availability by tracking and expediting delivery.
  • Resolves discrepancies by comparing purchase order to delivery documentation and obtaining credits and refunds as determined necessary.
  • Maintains historical records by filing and retrieving purchasing documents.
  • Improves quality results by analyzing materials, equipment, supplies and supplier reliability and recommends changes as determined necessary.
  • Provides purchasing planning and control information by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and trends.
  • Enhances department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests and exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 
  • High school diploma or GED is required; some post-secondary education or training is preferred.
  • SAP user management experience preferred.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, present information and answer questions clearly and professionally, both verbally and in writing, with internal and external customers.
  • Ability to analyze data or information by identifying the underlying principles, reasons or facts of information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Ability to organize, multi-task, plan, set priorities and exercise good judgment in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision while maintaining strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and in team settings.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships across all levels of HFRM.
  • Demonstrate poise, tact, and diplomacy with the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information and situations.
Physical Demands: 
  • Sit for extended periods of time. 
  • Read computer screens, email and talk on the phone. 
  • Ability to unpack and move supplies up to fifty (50) pounds. 
Work Environment: 
  • Professional and deadline-oriented environment. 
  • Interaction with staff and customers. 
  • Limited exposure to manufacturing environment which includes extreme heat in the summer and cold in the winter, dust and exposure to moving mechanical parts. 
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