Buyer (Procurement)

Purchasing/Procurement PLAINFIELD, Indiana


Position at NAPA Auto Parts

Job Description

The Buyer will be responsible for the supply chain performance in assigned areas of responsibility.  The Candidate will work closely with Field Operations, Product and assigned vendors to drive customer service levels while managing inventory investment.  The Candidate must be able to communicate effectively (both verbally and in written form), access and analyze large set of data, and work as part of a team.



    • Own service and inventory performance for assigned areas of responsibility.
    • Manage the daily replenishment process from order generation through receiving
    • Identify problems within the supply chain, perform root cause analysis and drive cross functional collaboration to identify and implement solutions.
    • Act as primary conduit between supply chain and vendors. Manage vendor performance reviews and facilitate regular touchpoints.
    • Additional projects as assigned

     Key Performance Metrics:

    • Service Metrics
    • Inventory Turnover and investment metrics
    • Excess Reduction



    • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain or:
      • Supply chain knowledge typically acquired through completion of undergraduate supply chain program at leading institution.
      • Critical thinking and analytical skills typically acquired through the completion of a bachelors program at leading institution.
    • Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate to a wide array of audiences including executives, field management, product and suppliers.
    • Ability to function independently and prioritize time based on impact to the business
    • High level of proficiency in MS Access, Excel, Qlik/Tableau, and SQL
    • Working knowledge of JD Edwards and Manhattan Inventory Optimization systems a plus


    Detailed Job Functions:

     Manage Replenishment Process: - 40%

    • Review weekly replenishment forecast exceptions
    • Review and approve order exceptions
    • Manage open purchase orders and follow up on past due items
    • Regularly review order frequency and lead times to ensure appropriate inventory depth

    Drive Supply Chain Performance – 40%

    • Analyze supply chain performance and leverage leading indicators to identify potential problems
    • Identify problems within the supply chain, perform root cause analysis and drive cross functional collaboration to identify and implement solutions.
    • Manage inventory investment to ensure assigned category meets or exceeds company GMROI objectives
    • Serve as primary communication conduit with assign vendors.
    • Assess problems from a global perspective and identify solutions that are in the best interest of the business.
    • Facilitate monthly vendor score-carding discussions.

    Project Management and Process Improvement – 20%

    • Takes the initiative to identify areas of opportunity and gain support for resolution
    • Prioritize conflicting demands and concentrate effort on activities that have the greatest potential for payoff.
    • Provides timely updates to manager and constituents on all projects.
    • Follow DMAIC methodology for problem solving and process improvement.
    • Coordinate with COE and Analysts groups

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.