Sr Buyer

Operations / Opérations Nekoosa, Wisconsin


Reporting to Mill Controller, the incumbent will be responsible for procurement of raw materials, chemicals, pulp, packaging materials and operating supplies to support operations activities for the Nekoosa Mill.  This includes establishing vendor contacts, vendor qualification, negotiating purchases, and managing on hand inventories to meet production requirements. 

 Job Responsibilities:

  • Support day-to-day needs of Pulp & Paper operations teams on procurement of chemicals, pulp, packaging supplies & operating supplies
  • Drive improvement initiatives to support the mills costs, operational, safety and quality objectives
  • Serve as liaison between operations, suppliers and carriers on chemical replenishment forecasting and inventory management
  • Collaborate with operations and purchasing team to develop and distribute RFP’s to qualified suppliers
  • Ability to evaluate supplier proposals and make recommendations to the business
  • Negotiate delivery dates, terms, pricing, etc. with suppliers
  • Partner with Corporate Procurement on corporate negotiations, serving as a liaison to the site to share needs and priorities
  • Partner with suppliers to eliminate or avoid supply chain inefficiencies and to develop contracts and agreements, managing relationships to drive continuous improvement
  • Support Mill and Corporate Cost Savings initiatives through participation and leadership on various local and companywide teams
  • Adherence to all local and Corporate Purchasing policies & procedures
  • Weekend Duty rotation to support emergency mill purchasing needs
  • Provide back-up support and coverage for procurement of maintenance services, capital and storeroom and indirect parts purchases
  • Other Projects and Duties as assigned

 Key Skills Qualifications:

  • Self-starter with the ability to learn and grasp new concepts quickly
  • Strong negotiation and decision-making skills
  • Analytical thinker with understanding of business drivers and a strong attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to lead teams and collaborate with other departments across the site and corporation
  • Good time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment meeting various deadlines and driving initiatives forward


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Administration or related field
  • 7 years of experience in purchasing, preferably in a manufacturing environment
  • CPSM Certification a plus
  • Above average ERP (SAP preferred) experience as well as strong excel skills

Domtar is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, color, sex (including gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), marital status, religion, national origin, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.