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Procurement Specialist (location is Tyrone, GA)

Date: Aug 13, 2019

Location: Atlanta, GA, US

Company: MSC Industrial Supply

Build a better career with MSC. 
Serving customer and community starts with the very best people doing their very best work. That is precisely what we have at MSC Industrial Supply Co., a leading North American distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) products and services. Watch HERE to find out why you should work at MSC and join us as we continue to build a diverse and inclusive workplace. 

Requisition ID : 3379 

Employment Type : Full Time         

Job Category : Sales Operations                                             

Work Location :  Atlanta, GA 

State or Province : Georgia (US-GA)     

Potential Work Location : United States : Georgia : Atlanta 


BRIEF POSITION SUMMARY: location is Tyrone, GA


SSG Procurement Specialists source, quote and purchase non-stock MRO products for our customers in US, Canada and Puerto Rico. Works independently identifying, sourcing and purchasing non-stock MRO products for potential or pending orders. These items could be off the shelf, semi-standard, line extensions or made-to-order. RFQs are received via a ticketing system, requests are submitted by our outside sales Associates.




  • Purchasing, Sourcing and Quoting: Evaluates and selects the best supplier solution based on availability, FOB Shipping Point, lead time and cost of product
  • Ability to identify a requested item by MFG part number, detailed description, picture or drawing
  • Sourcing and purchasing next-day, 2nd day and will-call emergency orders. Complete ownership of these orders from entry, PO, expediting to proof-of-delivery.
  • Continual communication with our outside sales team: Request for more information, provide suggestions for cost savings, freight options, product education, discuss market relevant pricing options, RFQ / order status etc.
  • Sources and negotiates with potential suppliers to grow our 3600+ supplier base, evaluates and analyzes results and recommends and sets up new suppliers
  • Responsible for managing daily workload to accommodate RFQs, received throughout the day and overnight, emergency RFQs requested by managers and air freight requests while meeting or exceeding personal and department goals
  • Spot Buys: Source and purchase out-of-stock product to fulfill our customer’s needs. Determine the best solution based on availability and delivery to the customer
  • Manage purchase orders shipping from US to Canada and works to identify availability in Canada to save customs and freight costs
  • Evaluate suppliers as possible candidates for the EZ Source program that contains over 2 million active SKUs. Negotiates long-term competitive pricing, product availability, immediate shipping and PO dollar minimum.  
  • Adapts to continuous process improvements and quickly adopts these new processes  
  • Works with warehouse associates to resolve trouble sheets, shipping errors, shortages
  • Expedites and devises alternative resourcing solutions to resolve backorders in a timely manner
  • Works independently with minimal supervision
  • Works with Logistics, to ensure the best cost saving freight options
  • Works cross-functionally with our Sale Support and Product and Bid Support teams to ensure customer needs and expectations are met and exceeded
  • Responsible for maintaining and resolving below dollar PO minimum report within specialized product lines
  • Evaluates and decides when to use existing SSG SKUs or create new item numbers. May need to reactivate existing items and update: cost, characteristics, supplier cross-reference etc.
  • Will need to work in multiple systems: ASI, AS/400, SSG Excel tools and on-line portals internally and vendor websites and order entry portals externally
  • Will decide when to use the SSG P-Card for products that are not available from our current suppliers. Responsible for processing P-Card quotes from quote to delivery based on the provided standard work
  • Drives the MSC Culture throughout the company to ensure unity of purpose and fulfillment of MSC’s mission.
  • Participates in special projects and performs additional duties as required.




  • An Associate Degree in Business or the equivalent experience is preferred
  • 3 to 5 years MRO Distribution purchasing experience preferred  






  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills required
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to maintain large amounts of data
  • PC aptitude in a Windows environment (Microsoft Office – Excel, Access, Word, Power Point) preferred and the ability to learn other software packages required
  • Ability to conduct research, data gather, analyze, interpret information and make recommendations
  • Proven ability to problem solver, makes decisions, and initiate change
  • Self-starter capable of working in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision

Why MSC  
People. Collaboration. Insight. That’s how you build something that works.

Built on a foundation of trust, MSC works side by side with our customers to help them drive business results. With more than one million product offerings and 75+ years of experience across industries, MSC strives to help our customers achieve greater productivity, profitability, and growth through inventory management and other innovative supply chain solutions. 


We care about our associates and have programs in place to help our 6,500+ team members achieve their potential. When you join our team, you will receive rewards and recognition for your contributions, training and professional development opportunities, as well as a variety of benefits to support you and your family's health, well-being, and financial future.


If you are inspired to learn, take risks, and succeed as a team, you can build a better career at MSC.


Equal Opportunity Statement 
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity.                                                                                         

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta

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