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In-Plant Site Buyer (Arden, North Carolina)

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Date: Jun 12, 2019

Location: Greenville, NC, US

Company: MSC Industrial Supply

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Requisition ID : 3072 

Employment Type : Full Time         

Grade : Exempt 13 

Job Category : Inventory Management                                             

Work Location :  Greenville, SC 

State or Province : North Carolina (US-NC)     

Potential Work Location : United States : South Carolina : Greenville 


***This position is located at an off-site plant in Arden, NC*****


BRIEF POSITION SUMMARY:  This Site Buyer supports an In-Plant location and their assigned Site Manager as an onsite buyer.  This role manages quotes, processes orders, manages procurement, expedites orders, provides product substitutes and offers standardization opportunities; and delivers cost-savings through tactical negotiation and sourcing.  This role combines the competencies of distribution and professional procurement (just as integrated supply is the outsourcing of supply chain functions to a distributor).  Key competencies include supplier management, cost savings process, customer service, and inventory management. Goals are to retain and grow established business, provide stability and guidance to the onsite staff.



  • Provides supply chain guidance to in-plant associates located at the manager’s assigned site location.
  • Maintains key supply chain service level metrics, such as cost savings and inventory fill rates, in order to retain and grow established integrated supply business within the region.
  • Actively participates in the sourcing of products not available through MSC as well as the supplier relationship management of second tier supplier partners.
  • Provide daily communications to their assigned Onsite Site Manager and the associated Regional Onsite Manager.
  • Provide guidance, process management, and regular reporting around all cost savings procedures, savings attainment, and service level metrics.
  • Identify and realize opportunities for expanded spend management within their assigned site.
  • Review purchasing history for compliance with established sourcing strategies.
  • Review onsite inventory for optimization opportunities at least twice per year.
  • Fosters the MSC Culture in the department and throughout the company to ensure fulfillment of MSC’s vision and unity of purpose.
  • Participates in special projects and performs additional duties as required.



  • Associate degree required; equivalent experience may be considered in lieu of education.  Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Successful candidates will either have a minimum of four years’ relevant experience (including integrated supply, distribution, and/or indirect materials management for a large manufacturer)
  • Must have demonstrated ability to manage their own work in a high tempo manufacturing environment.



  • Third party supplier management, indirect materials cost savings process expertise, personnel management, expertise with multiple supply chain platforms (SAP, JDE, Maximo, EAM, Cribmaster, Tofino, etc.), customer service, and inventory management.
  • Demonstrated product and application knowledge regarding industrial use MROP products, including any of various MROP categories such as perishable tooling, general industrial, electrical, power transmission (PTB), pipe valves & fittings (PVF), fluid power, electronics, automation, and/or safety.
  • General knowledge of the sourcing and market participants for all MRO categories.




  • A valid driver’s license and availability to respond to off-shift emergency supply chain issues.



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. 


As one of America’s Best Large Employers (named in 2017 by Forbes magazine), we care about our associates and have programs in place to help our 6,000+ 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.                                                                                         

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Nearest Secondary Market: Rocky Mount

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