Category Buyer

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Job Description - Category Buyer

Title:  Category Buyer 1

Department:  Supply Chain

Employment Type:  Permanent, Full Time

Location:  Winnipeg, Manitoba


Who Are We?
Founded in 1944 by A.A. DeFehr in Winnipeg, Palliser has grown into one of North America's leading furniture manufacturers. We value our clients, our communities, our natural environment and providing the best customer experience possible. At Palliser, we produce quality and strive for excellence.

What Would You Do?
The Category Buyer will obtain the best possible price, quality, service, and value on all items & services within designated purchasing material categories while maintaining material inventories at fiscally responsible levels. Determine optimal inventory levels - maximize inventory turns and maximize material availability ensuring order demands are met to customer expectation. Assist in the development of procurement and purchasing strategy to achieve continuous improvements.

Primary duties and responsibilities of this position are outlined below:

  • Establishes and maintains strong and trusting relationships with suppliers to ensure a stable supply chain.
  • Maintain in-depth familiarity with the technical aspects of the goods or services responsible for purchasing.
  • Monitor supplier performance for service, quality, and on time delivery and deal with pricing, returns and credit issues.
  • Liaison with suppliers with respect to communication, and execution of decisions made within the company.
  • Analyze and review all parameters as necessary for purchasing systems to function effectively and optimally.
  • Create, review and follow up on purchase orders ensuring required expectations are met.
  • Maintain files related to purchase orders and purchasing; including those pertaining to vendors, bids, quotes, and other correspondence.
  • Accurate and timely maintenance of item parameter information in MRP Mapics Purchasing System.
  • Return non-conforming materials for credit in a timely manner.
  • Present documentation to accounting, logistics, and receiving for incoming shipments.
  • Other duties as assigned

What Do You Bring? 

  • Business Degree or equivalent schooling and experience. (SCMP)
  • 5 years purchasing experience preferable in furniture industry or manufacturing environment.
  • Knowledge of international furniture standards as FSC, CARB, ASTM, PSI, etc.
  • Knowledge of product specifications and supplier standards.
  • Knowledge of bills of materials (BOM).
  • Experience in materials, purchasing systems, scheduling, inventory management and control functions.
  • Strong conflict resolution, negotiation and objection handling skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience and skill in establishing and maintaining collaborative partnerships and working relationships.
  • Effective deadline management and project management skills.
  • High level of integrity, confidentiality and accountability.
  • Sound analytical thinking, planning, prioritization and execution skills.
  • Able to creatively and strategically overcome internal challenges or obstacles.
  • Effective attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy.
  • Strong organization, planning, analytical and financial analysis skills.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Experience in root causes analysis process & the establishment of corrective actions.
  • Experience in cost benefit and ROI analysis.
  • Knowledge of purchasing practices and procedures.
  • Experience with MRP, AS400, Mapics/Powerlink, Microsoft Office – advanced Excel.
  • Background in accounting/finance an asset.

Why Work with Us?

As Palliser grows, we recognize the importance of investing in our people, as well as the people who will bring us to the next level in the furniture industry.

Palliser is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where all employees and customers feel valued, respected, and supported. We are dedicated to creating a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live, and an environment where every employee has the opportunity to excel.

We offer plenty of benefits to the people who made us what we are today

  • Employee Family Assistance Program
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including life, health, dental, disability
  • Potential RRSP Match Program
  • Employee Furniture Purchase Program
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Free Parking

What's Next?

Apply now and tell us why you'd make an excellent fit for this position.

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