Position Description

Location MN - Roseville
Job Code 2022-143
# of Openings 1
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 Hawkins, Inc. is a formulator, manufacturer, blender, distributor, and sales agent for thousands of industrial chemicals and reagent grade laboratory chemicals sold to municipalities and businesses throughout the Central United States. Thousands of organizations across a variety of industries have depended on Hawkins for the chemical products they need since 1938.



Buyer/Planners at Hawkins are responsible for planning and procuring equipment and supplies from vendors. The position works closely with Manufacturing, Quality, Inventory Control, Sales, Transportation, Customer Service and Leadership to purchase and maintain raw material inventory while ensuring production, customer, and quality requirements are achieved. This position manages the operational flow of goods for purchased items including new product setup, raw material acquisition, inventory management, and margin management. 



Supplier Relationship Management

  • Execute supplier performance initiatives to improve vendor accountability
  • Provide leadership in the preparation for and/or participation in supplier negotiations with management
  • Responsible for collecting and gathering data on potential suppliers or carriers
  • Resolve customer service or product quality issues and complaints by identifying root cause and ensuring appropriate actions are taken with suppliers as needed

Planning Parameters Maintenance

  • Maintain system planning parameters per established processes, including recommending process improvements to improve efficiencies
  • Communicate supplier cost information to sales, production and other departments timely
  • Utilize MRP to plan the procurement of materials to ensure the best possible material availability for production and service requirements while monitoring and controlling inventory levels
  • Communicate and coordinate any schedule changes with Planning, Sales, Customer Service and Production
  • Collaboratively adjust inventory levels where appropriate; accounting for storage space at the plants, inventory dollars, strength of demand, risk of obsolescence, turn rate, and optimal freight expense

Product Analysis and Process Improvement Opportunities

  • Optimize material costs through vendor analysis and identify and implement cost savings initiatives including product cost, order quantity, transportation, and freight terms
  • Analyze safety stocks and re-order points, manage raw material inventory, support demand planning, and provide backup coverage for other purchasing functions
  • Analyze safety stocks, manage material inventory, support demand planning, and provide backup coverage for other purchasing functions
  • Minimize demurrage expense and monitor movement of product to receipt if applicable
  • Drive collaboration with suppliers and internal customers
  • Identifies and supports execution of strategic purchasing initiatives

Customer Support

  • Resolve customer service or product quality issues and complaints by identifying root cause and ensuring appropriate actions are taken
  • Support product costing and analysis as needed

Inventory Management

  • Utilize system reports as well as experience and judgment to meet production and sales requirements
  • Submit purchase orders for raw materials, monitor the movement of product to receipt, establish priorities to meet customer orders, and resolve shipping or billing issues
  • Proactively identify product and material availability issues and provide supply status and shipment tracking to internal partners 



  • Bachelor’s Degree in supply chain, distribution, logistics, materials management, or related field preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years directly related experience in production planning/scheduling, purchasing, or inventory management, preferably in a specialty chemical, food, or pharmaceutical manufacturing environment
  • APICS certification (CSCP or CPIM), CPP or CPM certification preferred
  • Familiar with procure-to-pay cycle and knowledge of contract law
  • Experience and proficiency within MRP/ERP systems and MS-Office applications. J.D. Edwards experience preferred
  • Previous negotiating experience
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks, work collaboratively in a cross-functional environment, and ensure timely completion of responsibilities
  • Strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Proficient written and verbal communication, team building, and interpersonal skills
  • Some travel between Hawkins’ sites is required (less than 5%) 



Hawkins offers a competitive compensation and benefit package and is an award-winning employer and organization!   


Learn more about us at www.hawkinsinc.com. (NASDAQ: HWKN)


All resumes/applications must be submitted online.

Hawkins, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, gender, disability or protected veteran status.

Hawkins, Inc. is a Drug Free Workplace Employer


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