Buyer-Rutherfordton, NC

Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions for almost every industry on the planet. And we are where we are because our talents brought us here. By specializing in the polymer engineering that makes innovation and application possible, Trelleborg works closely with leading industry brands to accelerate their performance, drive their business forward—and along the way, shape the industry and progress that will benefit humankind in the exciting years ahead. Our people are Shaping Industry from the Inside. Why don´t you join us? 


USA - Rutherfordton, NC
Sista ansökningsdag 2023-04-10 Plats: USA - Rutherfordton, NC


Do you approach new challenges with passion and take responsibility for your actions? Be the change you want to see and start shaping industry from the inside.

Who are we?

Throughout the world, within the most technologically advanced industries, Trelleborg adds layers of innovation to ensure the highest performance in engineered coated fabrics. Our polymer-engineered solutions are built on technical and industry know-how, delivered by experienced teams across a proven and efficient process methodology. With every angle covered, we go further to engineer customized and innovative coating solutions that improve the performance of industry innovations and accelerate our customers’ business.

About the Job

The Buyer purchases various supplies and equipment for the operation based on established procedures and guidelines. He/she collaborates with other team members in the supply chain department and across other functions in the organization to procure the most appropriate and cost-effective products to meet department and organizational needs.

This position is based at our Rutherfordton, North Carolina USA location and will have site responsibility to execute the materials and equipment purchasing function in a way that ensures maximum uptime performance, on-time delivery to customers, and profitability for the organization.

Reports directly to Senior Buyer, Trelleborg Coated Systems US, Inc.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Maintain data/information integrity within the SAP ERP including but not limited to vendor information, purchasing terms, lead times, costs, etc.
  • Work closely with stakeholders including planning, production, scheduling, shipping, receiving and logistics regarding site and business priorities
  • Ensure raw materials, packaging components, supplies, services are purchased as required to maintain the safe and efficient operations of the sites and business
  • Ensure that required documentation such as certificates of analysis or conformity, SDS, insurance documentation, use and handling instructions, etc. are received as required from vendors and routed to appropriate stakeholders
  • Provide vendor/supplier oversight with regard to responsiveness and performance. Participate in vendor and supplier qualification, performance evaluations, metrics tracking, etc.
  • Interface with Quality, EHS, and other stakeholders in vendor/supplier complaint or poor performance investigations
  • Participate in project assignments, i.e. Dual sourcing, RFQ’s, RFP’s, Working Capital Improvement
  • Drives to improve purchasing performance in daily efforts.
  • <5% of time traveling domestically

Education and Experience

  • Minimum 2 years materials/purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Engineering, Business, or other relevant field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • SAP knowledge preferred.
  • APICS certification a plus
  • Must be a team player
  • Microsoft Suite knowledge
  • Self-starter approach to work with an eagerness to take responsibility and constantly exceed goals
  • Must have demonstrated strong communication (verbal & written), negotiation, and leadership skills.
  • Experience in working with supply chain, strategic purchasing, manufacturing, engineering, quality assurance, sales and financial personnel to achieve planned goals.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and maintain a valid passport.


  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Supply chain fundamentals
  • Purchasing
  • Material requirements planning
  • Product and service design
  • Plant maintenance
  • Inventory management
  • Risk management
  • Supplier relationship management
  • Advanced planning systems
  • Receptive to change and innovation
  • Extensive experience with SAP (or other major ERP) strongly preferred
  • Ability to self-motivate and multi-task and to work both independently and within a team
  • Meets fixed deadlines under pressure, while working within budgets and specific targets
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

Behavioral Characteristics

  • Enthusiastic self-starter with excellent time management, planning and organizational skills
  • Highly self-motivated and directed, with keen attention to detail
  • Operational and hands-on
  • Growth mindset; sees opportunities where others see obstacles and learns from failures
  • Strong sense of urgency
  • Self-motivated
  • Results-oriented
  • Ambitious

Application Process

If your application is selected, Andrew Cleveland from Human Resources will be reaching out to schedule an interview. For any questions, please email

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