First Supply

Associate Buyer/Planner

1 month ago(12/21/2017 9:08 AM)
Job ID
Regular Full-Time
# Positions


First Supply® is a leading main channel wholesale distributor providing industrial customers and building contractors with an extensive line of products and services. First Supply features manufacturer product lines in the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, builder, waterworks, pump/well & septic, industrial and municipal markets. Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, First Supply has more than 600 employees in 29 operating facilities serving Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan UP. The company has over $50 million in inventory and over $250 million in annual sales.


Entry level role responsible for managing 60-100 suppliers on a transactional basis. Focus will be cost management, inventory parameter development and maintenance, replenishment transactions and inventory performance. Key metrics will include product availability, inventory turns and budget performance, supplier on-time delivery, and supplier cost.


  • Execute purchase and transfer activities in accordance with inventory and availability strategy
  • Maintain item attributes and configuration to drive replenishment (PO & Transfer) activities in accordance with inventory and availability strategy
  • Identify and execute returns to supplier
  • Build supplier relationship and performance management across defined supplier group
  • Supplier cost management
  • Optimize total costs including freight, inventory and purchase price
  • Perform annual review of supplier lines
  • Actively communicate and collaborate with cross-functional colleagues and supplier partners
  • Timely resolution of discrepancies associated with responsible supplier transactions
  • Develop product knowledge of assigned product lines
  • Grow competencies in negotiation, supplier evaluation, forecasting, and inventory planning
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned by the Supply Chain Manager


  • One year of experience in a supply chain environment preferred
  • Fluency in Microsoft Excel required
  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Operations, Logistics, Mathematics, Economics or related field preferred
  • CPM/CSCP preferred
  • ERP/MRP experience preferred
  • Satisfactory score on the Wonderlic Personnel Test and/or Caliper Assessment
  • Ability to read, speak, understand and write English
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide all units of measure
  • Attendance on a regular and consistent basis

First Supply LLC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individual with Disabilities. In order to be selected for the position, candidates must submit to a drug test with negative results on employment offer, the ability to be bonded as defined by First Supply LLC's fidelity bond insurance carrier, and have a valid driver’s license and a driving record which meets underwriting standards.


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