First Supply

  • Purchasing Manager

    Location US-WI-Madison
    Posted Date 1 month ago(12/10/2018 3:45 PM)
    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 700 employees in 28 operating facilities serving Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan UP. The company has over $60 million in inventory and over $275 million in annual sales. 


    First Supply also owns and operates 18 Kitchen & Bath Stores in 5 midwestern states under the Gerhard's Kitchen & Bath and Kohler Signature Store brands. Gerhard's is the largest, most versatile kitchen & bath store in the upper Midwest. We offer a huge variety of kitchen and bath choices from contemporary to traditional styles, along with service you won't find anywhere else. The Kohler Signature Stores are a kitchen and bath showroom that provides a distinguished Kohler experience where designers and homeowners can get hands on with hundreds of products, exclusively from the Kohler brands!


    The Purchasing Manager will deliver results across purchasing and inventory planning responsibilities.  Specific accountabilities include supplier strategy, supplier performance, customer service levels, inventory turns, parameter and systems configuration, replenishment strategies for both inbound and inter-network inventory transfer.  Lead team of Buyer/Planners and Product Content personnel to deliver best in class customer experience.  Key metrics will include supplier performance, availability, inventory turns, excess inventory and productivity of replenishment system.


    • Lead, manage, develop and mentor Supply Chain and/or Product Attribute Team
    • Collaborate with Product Management on strategic supplier relationships and performance
    • Own all aspects of inventory performance for assigned areas
    • Develop and implement strategy to optimize inventory performance (availability, turns and excess)
    • Configuration of ERP system replenishment and inventory mechanics
    • Maximize technology solutions across replenishment activity
    • Foster and facilitate a Continuous Improvement Culture
    • Represent Supply Chain Management across branch network and external stakeholders
    • Actively communicate and collaborate with cross-functional colleagues and supplier representatives
    • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned by the Senior Manager - Procurement Team


    • Five years of progressive experience in Purchasing, Inventory or Materials Management required
    • Two years of supervision/management experience preferred
    • Solid understanding of strategic sourcing, negotiation, and supplier metrics required
    • Solid understanding of forecasting and inventory planning concepts and technology required
    • Extensive ERP/MRP experience required
    • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills required
    • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain, business, mathematics or related field preferred
    • CPIM/CSCP preferred
    • Satisfactory score on the 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 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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