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11 Oct 2021

Full-Time Senior Buyer, MRO

Kohler – Posted by KohlerHRE Kohler, Wisconsin, United States

Job Description

Senior Buyer, MRO

Work Mode: Hybrid

Location: Kohler, WI

Work Mode: Hybrid


Responsible for financial and operational performance within MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Operations). MRO consists primarily of but is not limited to Power Transmission & Bearings; General Industrial and Electrical Supplies; Chemicals and Abrasives. Position is responsible for negotiating materials, equipment, and/or services agreements for mainly North America, but also needs to look at synergies for across business units or at a regional/global level. Accountable for all supplier selection decisions within the category.

Prepares and evaluates supplier quotations and services to determine most competitive solution based upon a total cost of ownership. Familiar with a variety of purchasing concepts, practices, and
rocedures. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of complicated tasks. Responsible for setting performance objectives and strategy within category.

Conducts multi-functional supplier performance management reviews. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is required. May have limited supervision responsibilities.

Specific Responsibilities

    • Manage the design and implementation of category strategies to attain year over year material cost reduction (PPV/MPV), material quality/delivery improvements and inventory reduction targets through the use of appropriate supply chain tools.
    • yle=
      “font-size: medium;”>Lead the strategic sourcing process of team formation, research, evaluation, and structure. To include RFQ development, quotation reviews (traditional and on-line reverse auctions), supplier/contract negotiations and supplier development. Lead sourcing meetings with Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing etc. to reach consensus on sourcing strategy.
    • Own the supplier relationship for key suppliers in designated spend category while leading negotiations with suppliers to deliver stated objectives.
    • Maintain a working knowledge of world-class supply chain processes to ensure that existing processes are targeted to attain excellence versus industry benchmarks. Lead best cost country sourcing for the appropriate sub-categories for year over year net cost reductions. Lead the supply base in
      mentation of eCommerce tools to automate transactions, bring flexibility and transparency to the supply chain.
    • Work closely with strategic and preferred suppliers to identify and resource productivity/cost down initiatives through the use of VA/VE tools.
    • Work with Supplier Quality and Engineering to develop new suppliers as required. Drive leading edge procurement by working closely with the supply base and the material planning group to actively integrate the suppliers into Kohler plants through the appropriate use of Kanbans, VMI or related tools.


Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Operations, Business or Engineering. Minimum five years professional experience and three years purchasing experience. Previous SAP experience desirable.

To fully demonstrate our commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of our associates, we are requiring all U.S. based team members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment beginning January 1, 2022. We believe this path forward further strengthens our workforce and the future growth and resilience of our company and community. Individuals with medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from getting the vaccine may request an exemption from the vaccine requirement.

licants must be authorized to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future.

Why Work at Kohler Co.?

Kohler Co.’s mission is to contribute to a higher level of gracious living for those who are touched by our products and services. We understand that it takes investment in our associates’ development to make that happen. So, we offer ongoing investment in each individual’s personal development and the opportunity to collaborate with others across functions and roles at Kohler.

In addition to the investment in your d
Kohler offers a benefits package including a competitive salary, health, vision, dental, 401(k) with company matching, and more!

About Us

Beyond the competitive benefits and compensation, Kohler proudly offers a rich history, steeped in creativity and a commitment to our associates and communities. We invite you to learn more about our culture and company at

It is Kohler’s policy to recruit, hire, and promote qualified personnel in all job classification
s without rega
rd to race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability or veteran status. If, as an individual with a disability, you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact . Kohler Co. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

We invite you to learn more about equal employment opportunity by reviewing the Federal EEO is the Law and the EEO is the Law Supplement .

How to Apply

Job Types: Full-Time.

Job expires in 39 days.

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