Purchasing Manager

Date: May 24, 2023

LOCATION: South Deerfield, MA, US

Company: Pelican Products, Inc.


The Purchasing Manager is responsible for the timely and effective sourcing of equipment, goods, and services. Performs strategic procurement activities across multiple categories, finding the lowest TCO(Total Cost of Ownership) and successfully negotiating with suppliers. Analyzes inventory and production projections to anticipate optimal levels of inventory to meet production and operational inventory goals. Effectively coordinates shipments and collaborates with internal departments to support business functions and ensure expectations are met. Plans purchases strategically to achieve financial delivery and objectives.  



  • Develops, leads, and executes Purchasing Strategies, tracking key functional metrics to reduce expenses and improve customer satisfaction while assessing and mitigating risks.
  • Forecasts price and market trends to identify changes of balance in purchasing-supplier effectiveness.
  • Accountable for analysis, development and implementation of management strategies and tactical plans related to all aspects of Procurement cycle.
  • Develops, communicates, and reports supply chain metrics and understands demand requirements to decisively resolve supply chain constraints.
  • Evaluates vendors and shipping companies based on quality, service, and pricing, establishing relationships, and negotiating contracts for maximum profitability.
  • Develops a strong, disciplined process for make to buy analysis including a supplier database by process.
  • Manages the small business utilization program with small business liaison officer.
  • Regularly works closely with vendors to drive improved vendor performance and address quality issues.
  • Performs root cause analysis for stock outs, missed deliveries, and non-conforming product to proactively drive permanent solutions and process improvement.
  • Calculates and manages safety stocks and determines quantity and timing of deliveries.
  • Receives and reconciles inventory and invoices and maintains data integrity for purchasing parts in the SAP Max Inventory Management System.  
  • Drives improvements through a structured approach and tracks progress of key initiatives through project management principles (i.e. detailed project plans, team meetings, action items and key stakeholder updates)
  • Verifies purchasing practices comply with established laws, policies, and ethical principles and follows, maintains, and enforces ISO standards and all Pelican compliance requirements. Partners internally with Quality and Production to ensure clear requirement documentation is sustained at all times.
  • Partners with Operations, Engineering, Demand Planning and Warehouse/ Logistics to ensure collaboration and solid business processes around material planning are defined and followed.
  • Implements material supply solutions through Visual Kanban and comprehensive safety stock plans throughout the supply chain.
  • Develops the teamwork, technical skills and collaboration competencies of the purchasing team.
  • Collaborates with the Corporate Supply Chain team, aligning with corporate goals and leverages best practices with peers across the organization
  • Follows company policies and practices as outlined in the Employee Handbook and/or applicable employment agreement. Follows safety guidelines and procedures in accordance to the job.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or equivalent, preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with LEAN principles in a manufacturing environment.
  • Proficient in SAP with demonstrated experience playing an active role in transformation, optimization, and/or implementation initiatives.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years experience in Sourcing/Procurement, preferably in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience with MRP systems, Kanban management and consumption-based buying
  • Demonstrated background leading teams, coaching, recruiting, training, problem-solving tools, time management, prioritization coaching experience.
  • Advanced experience in manufacturing technology, materials and assembly processes
  • Advanced knowledge of international procurement procedures and practices.
  • Excellent at negotiating favorable terms and conditions involving many parts and supplies, as well as can determine appropriate methods of procurement.
  • Proficient in computer software such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.
  • Must have exceptional written, verbal communication, presentation and training skills.
  • Must be detail-orientated, organized, and able to prioritize workload.
  • Experience leading and managing change.
  • Sense of urgency and results driven,



  • Ability to interpret technical specifications and drawings.



  • Actively supports and complies with Pelican’s objectives, guidelines and commitment to Quality and Safety, with an emphasis on continual improvement.
  • Must be able to interact effectively and cooperatively with employees at all levels.
  • Must have the ability to complete assignments within the timeframe specified by the Manager.
  • Must be able to operate in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ensures that staff is contributing at maximum potential through rigorous hiring practices and an emphasis on training and development initiatives, including coaching and counseling direct reports in their performance and professional development, with final authority for approving pay increases, hiring decisions and disciplinary actions.
  • Emphasizes ethical leadership and decision-making to protect Pelican’s brand and reputation.
  • Establishes challenging, productive and achievable goals for direct reports; measure results by establishing checkpoints to track progress.
  • Must be able to travel, nationally and internationally, as necessary.



  • Generous paid time off plans / Holiday pay
  • 401k plan – with immediate match
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Established reputable brand offering premium products – you’ll be proud to represent Pelican!
  • Employee discount program on Pelican Products
  • Great Benefits – several options including Pet insurance for our animal lovers.
  • Wellness Discount Program
  • Exclusive access to employee store with Pelican branded apparel and gear
  • Employee referral program – get paid to work with your trusted network.
  • And more…


Pelican Products, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Nearest Major Market: Springfield MA

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