Procurement Manager
West Chicago, IL Procurement
Job Type

Summary: Secure all products and sub-components of products through planning, organizing, controlling, and managing all company spend through efficient use of procurement tools and policies. 

  • Supervisory Responsibilities: Yes 


  • Analyze market and delivery conditions to determine present and future material availability, including international supply when necessary, considering all freight considerations. 
  • Manage department workload and workflow to ensure compliance to standards, employee productivity, successful material flow and buyer development. Review consistency through report documentation and team meetings.
  • Supervise vendor analysis of purchasing goals, such as on time delivery, cost containment/improvement and quality control. Continually review supply chain performance through metric analysis.
  • Develop Norix’s procurement rules and procedures.
  • Establish the tracking tool and evaluation process to improve the work of Buyers and Purchasing Agents.
  • Serve as the main representative of Norix to negotiate and manage contracts.
  • Standardize and manage the vendor management process and drive the annual vendor review process for Norix.
  • Collaborate with vendors, operations, and sales teams to resolve issues and improve customer experience.
  • Support Norix sales plan through sourcing and procuring all needed materials on a timely basis following company standards and practices.
  • Review manufacturability, raw material availability, any tooling and pricing considerations etc. in support of new product development. Work within marketing, engineering, and product management team.
  • Advise department personnel and appropriately involved supply base of impending new product development implementation (NPI) accountabilities.
  • Support bid process through request for quote (RFQ) packages by customer, product, or timeline. Both standard product and through SMU process.
  • Approve the vendor purchase of raw stock and resolve and/or adjust any raw material ownership or buy backs. 
  • Manage blanket order potential, along with accuracy of product criteria in NetSuite, including lead time (LT’s), Reorder point (ROP’s), safety stock (SS’s) etc.
  • Visit vendors as needed to review current business conditions, product developments, price adjustments, conduct and ethics, confidentiality and any vetting that needs to be documented to ensure consistent relationship management.
  • Analyze supplier financial status, tooling, labor force, physical plant layout, quality system and philosophy/culture to determine if current capabilities are compatible with company requirements.
  • Negotiate terms & conditions (T’s & C’s) and procurement adjustments by product line and/or major vendor requests.
  • Enforce and escalate product requirements and delivery parameters to vendor base in support of staff’s expediting efforts.
  • Support accounting on any price deviations etc. resulting in invoicing discrepancies. Manage database input of all item planning files, including costs/bid matrix etc.
  • Attend meetings as required, including staff meetings, overall weekly project tracking, purchasing, and engineering meeting, all short-term opportunity analysis (large RFQ, Capacity) meetings, all quality MRB’s, supplier conference calls and any one-time meetings as necessary. 
  • Responsible for submitting all costing adjustments for annual price review and renewal project. 
  • Manage and implement both team and individual action plans in support of strategic goals and objectives.
  • Review and investigate competitors’ sources where appropriate.
  • Conduct and document formal semiannual and annual performance assessments of personnel in Procurement department.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

  • Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong understanding of procurement and negotiation techniques
  • Proficient with Microsoft Outlook, Word, & Excel
  • Excellent communication skills
  • APICS CPIM (Certified in Planning & Inventory Mgmt) designation preferred


  • Five years or more of related procurement experience, ie negotiating contracts, strategic sourcing and managing supplier relationships in a manufacturing environment 
  • Previous experience in a supervisory role, ie leading and developing direct reports
  • Experience in furniture manufacturing or purchasing plastics such as polyethylene preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in business related, or equivalent combination of education and experience

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to sit for prolong periods of time
  • Able to lift 15 pounds
  • Ability to travel domestically to meet with suppliers and vendors