Purchasing Agent

Job ID 2023-0808

Planning/Procurement Stamford, Connecticut


Description

Position at Conair LLC

About Us:

Conair is a leading international designer, manufacturer, and marketer of branded personal care and small kitchen appliances, cookware, hairbrushes & accessories, cosmetic bags, and travel accessories. Conair has always been driven by a passion for innovation; it’s part of the Company’s DNA. Trendsetting products have been invented by Conair since its inception in 1959, keeping the Company always a step ahead of the competition. The company's domestic and international divisions offer a diversified mix of consumer and professional products sold in over 120 countries. The Family of Conair brands includes CONAIR, Cuisinart, BabylissPRO, Scünci , TRAVELSMART by CONAIR, and Waring.

Conair’s passion for innovation gets stronger with each decade, as evidenced by the over 1,000 patents the Company has obtained worldwide. Today, Conair and its brands are names known throughout the world. Conair continues to introduce its brands to new and emerging markets, year after year. By the 1990s, most households in America owned at least one Conair product. Today many have more than one, and the Company’s goal is to ensure that every household in the world eventually owns one of our products.

At Conair, we inspire our customers with innovative quality products and brands that enhance their lives.

Position Summary:

Conair, a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of premium kitchen electrics cookware, personal care, health & beauty products, is seeking a Purchasing Agent in our Stamford, CT location. Reporting to the Vice President Supply Chain Management.

Vast experience with SAP/IBP to draw data and create reports that track monthly and quarterly product expense in association with forecasting. Drives continuous improvement plans where necessary, liaise with pertinent support organizations and groups to tweak and develop business processes where required, streamline operations and tools.

Responsibilities:

  • Monitor product costing with Marketing at the item level for all categories.
  • Ensure accurate release of required materials to support all forecasted inventory and non-inventory items.
  • Verification of approved costing for inventory related items and proper requisition authorizations.
  • Release and assign purchase orders.
  • Ensure incoming quality control defects are returned and reworked as needed with expenses charged to correct parties.
  • Provide timely reporting Senior Management on approved costing.
  • Update order quantities, delivery dates and cost in compliance with proper authorizations.
  • Provide SAP/ Excel spreadsheet reporting on business volume by vendor.
  • Coordinate with China Operations on all vendor informational details as required by SAP.
  • Review purchase price variance report for accuracy as related to item costing.
  • Review DMR reports to ensure goods are processed in a timely manner.
  • Execute debits / credits as required.
  • Resolve pricing issues to ensure correct authorized costs are used for inbound goods with marketing/ China Operations / vendor involvement as needed.
  • Follow internal controls and company policies as set by company and job function.
  • Contribute to the success of company by leading or assisting with other projects and tasks as assigned

Essential Qualifications:

  • Education – BA in Business Administration or related field
  • Prior experience with Consumer Products/ packaged goods background in a professional capacity.
  • Prior experience with sales and distribution module (SD) and Material Management module (MM) of SAP, IBP, and ERP.
  • Strong Excel skills required and experience in SAP preferred.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with an ability to interact with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to multi-task – Manages multiple tasks at one time; quickly and accurately shifts attention among multiple tasks and priorities. Demonstrates an ability to execute with a sense of urgency as needed.
  • Communication skills – Reads, writes and speaks fluent English, using appropriate grammar, style and vocabulary with a strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all levels of staff in the organizational structure: Able to communicate in Cantonese and/or Mandarin is a plus
  • Organizational ability – Demonstrates a systematic approach in carrying out assignments. Is very orderly and excels at creating simple, efficient processes.

Beneficial Qualifications:

  • BA/BS

Environmental Factors:

  • Working conditions are normal for an office environment.
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to use a computer keyboard and view a monitor for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to travel domestically and internationally for business (% if needed)
  • Must be Covid-19 vaccinated.
  • We currently operate on a hybrid schedule; candidate must be willing to come into the office 50% of time.

What we offer:

  • Comprehensive Medical/Dental/Vision plans
  • Generous Paid Time Off Programs
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • FSA/HRA/Dependent Care FSA
  • Paid Parental Leave Policy
  • Annual Profit-Sharing Contributions
  • 401k and company match
  • Free Lunch (in some locations)
  • EAP & Employee Wellness Programs
  • Volunteer Days Paid Time Off