First Supply

  • Director of Purchasing

    Location US-WI-Madison
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3 months ago)
    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    # Positions
  • Overview

    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.


    The Director of Purchasing is responsible for providing direct leadership to all Purchasing operations.  The Director interfaces with stakeholders and collaborates with a variety of other functional areas in order to deliver program and company results that achieve business goals and objectives. This position reports to the Executive Vice President.


    • Analyze and report the progress of the company toward attainment of established purchasing and inventory goals
    • Assist with the development of company departmental organizational policies and goals
    • Responsible for the communication, interpretation and implementation of the approved policies and goals within the Purchasing Department
    • Direct the purchasing managers in the implementation of the corporate and regional goals and policies; interpret company policies as needed
    • Responsibility for the Purchasing Department operations
    • Ensure the operation of the company purchasing department is in accordance with the values, principles, vision, mission and policies of First Supply LLC and meets all legal requirements
    • Prepare, submit for approval and oversee implementation of department budget; analyze regularly the effectiveness of operations toward achieving financial goals and take prompt corrective action as needed
    • Negotiate company programs to include all terms, conditions and rebates
    • Develop and maintain key vendor relationships and support the development of relationships of vendors assigned to Product Managers
    • Develop, evaluate and oversee implementation of company purchasing plans
    • With the Sales & Marketing Product Managers, oversee the product line selection offered and develop existing strategies on line conversations
    • Provide input to the General Managers as to the impact of company programs to ensure that each facility maximizes financial opportunities through support of preferred vendors
    • Select, evaluate and mentor Purchasing Managers and department staff to achieve and sustain superior results
    • Promote equal opportunity and affirmative action employment practices
    • Set and clearly communicate accountability parameters for department
    • Delegate adequate authority to staff to carry out their responsibilities
    • Develop all departmental management activities including selection, training and performance evaluations
    • Collaborate with and support all facility staff members
    • Participate in outside professional activities which are advantageous toward enhancing the prestige of the company
    • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned


    • College degree required; Graduate degree preferred
    • Demonstrated experience in purchasing with progressive levels of responsibility
    • Experience managing and directing staff to achieve superior results
    • Advanced computer knowledge and skills with the ability to learn First Supply LLC’s business system
    • Proficient in the utilization of Microsoft Excel and Word

    First Supply LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.  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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