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Associate Buyer, Texarkana Plant

Date:  Sep 13, 2021
Country/Region:  US
City:  Texarkana AR
Job Requisition:  35531

At Cooper Tire we offer an entirely unique work experience because no matter what your title is, you’ll play a part in contributing to the development, manufacturing and marketing of some of the most innovative tire products in the world. Cooper is a fun and exciting place to work, and we easily stand apart from our competition. We’re constantly on the lookout for individuals who share our beliefs -- motivated individuals who can lead by example and inspire others to greatness. Careers are a Journey…Come Ride with Us!



The buyer at Cooper Tire provides support in the procurement of service suppliers, perishable goods, overall supplier management and management of the Texarkana plant storeroom in a fast paced manufacturing environment.


Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for executing the established policies and procedures governing the purchasing activities of indirect items for the respective plant
  • Responsible for supervising the plant store room
  • Responsible and accountable for achieving goals related to all indirect purchasing activities at the respective plant
  • Manages Storeroom and the activities in the storeroom with a focus on keeping the right level of inventory on hand to maximum availability of parts to aid in equipment uptime while minimizing costs
  • Monitors the daily storeroom PO’s and ensures parts are ordered as needed
  • Manages Reorder Points/Reorder Quantities (ROP/ROQ) to ensure optimum levels
  • Knowledge of the sourcing process working with RFP’s/RFQ’s/SOW’s.
  • Administers corporate pricing agreements at the plant level and ensures compliance to optimize the benefits of these agreements
  • Negotiates pricing and process orders with local suppliers on direct requisitions daily
  • Monitors P-card activity to ensure compliance
  • Monitors price increases through storeroom and negotiates as needed
  • Works with Maintenance, Engineering and Production to ensure internal customer satisfaction
  • Participates at the plant level in cost savings projects and aggregations with Corporate and the other plants to reduce indirect spend and improve maintenance reliability
  • Manages rebuild program
  • Maintains and/or develops working knowledge of computer applications
  • Demonstrate the ability to negotiate with vendors to optimize pricing and warranties of parts and services.
  • Demonstrate the ability to generate and implement cost savings ideas.
  • Focused on reducing the potential for stock outages and reducing overall inventory value through established corporate metrics.
  • Responsible for analyzing and reporting performance metrics for areas of responsibility
  • Must be willing to work in the place of Storeroom personnel if needed.
  • Willing to come in and/or available on weekends, off hours and holidays if needed.


Basic Qualifications:

•    Must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

•    Must have a basic knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel and Word.

•    Must be well organized with attention to detail.

•    Able to work well under pressure.

•    Must be a self-starter and have the ability to learn quickly, accept and implement changes as needed to drive success.


Preferred Qualifications:

•    Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, engineering, business management or related field preferred

•    Previous management experience preferred

•    1 to 3 years of relevant work experience preferred

•    Experience in inventory control and store room management preferred

•    Strong SAP knowledge preferred

•    Strong analytical skill set preferred

•    Previous experience working with Engineering and Maintenance departments to improve equipment uptime and reliability preferred

Cooper's benefits philosophy is simple. We want our employees to come to work knowing they have a great support structure behind them. That’s why Cooper has developed a competitive total rewards program for employees that promotes personal health, assists employees in maintaining a healthy balance between work and life and meets the diverse personal and professional needs of Cooper employees and their families.


Cooper Tire is an equal employment opportunity employer with a strong commitment to a diverse workforce. Our commitment to a diverse workforce allows us to be successful in the many different geographic areas in which we conduct business. We strive to recruit, develop and retain top candidates by providing an engaging culture and strategic advancement opportunities. Enjoy rewarding opportunities and grow your career with us as you join a successful global organization.

Nearest Major Market: Texarkana

Job Segment: Plant, Procurement, Engineer, ERP, Purchasing, Manufacturing, Operations, Engineering, Technology, Finance

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