Purchasing Coordinator

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Bemis Company is a major supplier of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials used by leading food, consumer products, healthcare, and other companies worldwide. Founded in 1858, the Company is included in the S&P 500 index of stocks and reported 2011 net sales of $5.3 billion. The Company's flexible packaging business has a strong technical base in polymer chemistry, film extrusion, coating and laminating, printing, and converting. Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, Bemis employs nearly 20,000 individuals worldwide. More information about the Company is available at our website, www.bemis.com.

Orders an Coordinates all raw materials purchases to ensure uninterrupted production as well as controlled inventories. 

Coordinates the overall purchasing process within Bemis Vancouver and at the corporate level to maximize cost savings.

Orders and expedites direct and indirect supplies, raw materials, packaging and production supplies such as labels, boxes, adhesives, graphic supplies, plant and office forms, UV and other miscellaneous supplies.

Monitors and controls raw materials inventories.

Forecasts materials usage.

Coordinates warehouse consignment levels with Vendor.

Coordinates new material needs of Technical staff/plant staff with suppliers.

Evaluates and recommends suppliers to Department Managers.

Coordinates purchase/lease of plant trucks and office equipment.

Cost saving through negotiations with Vendors.

Establishes supply contracts consistent with corporate policies when needed.

Communicates regularly with suppliers regarding market supply and pricing.

Supports and assists with Marshall purchasing and receiving functions throughout the operation, including downloading data into Access for Scheduling.

Counts and reports monthly inventories.

Completes monthly raw materials reports and accruals to Accounting.

Monitors and reports material supply and price trends to management as needed.

Implements and coordinates purchasing procedures within Bemis Vancouver to support corporate strategies.

Attends supplier functions to represent Bemis Vancouver interests.

Sets up new vendors in the SmartStream and Marshall systems for payables processing.

Verifies and inputs vendor data into the Purchasing System

Administers purchase orders to departments, upon request

Reduce inventory costs through controlled purchasing and inventory maintenance.

Downloads electronic ASN's- enter manual receipts w/o ASN's

Prepares all receiving documents for Shipping Dept.

Reports Consignment usage to Vendor (AET) and payables.

Reports Month-End Consignment Inventories to AET and RM Inventory to Corporate Office.


1-2 years previous experience with purchasing/materials procurement and expediting.

Trade journals.

A college or technical school degree in a business-related field preferred.

Internal and external seminars.


Strong personal computer skills, including knowledge of word-processing & spreadsheets.

Strong math skills.

Working knowledge of computer software related to the purchasing & accounts payables functions.

Strong interpersonal skills, including both verbal and written.

Good telephone communication skills.

Proven ability to work independently.

Knowledge of basic accounting and manufacturing procedures.

Basic knowledge of purchasing procedures, pricing and market trends.