Company:Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, helps create great living spaces by combining comfort and sustainability. For more than three-and-a-half centuries, Saint-Gobain has been enhancing the well-being of people everywhere, whether it’s by addressing climate change, delivering true sustainable development, advancing the information revolution, participating in medical breakthroughs or playing a vital role in space exploration. Focusing on the intersection of people, innovation and purpose, Saint-Gobain helps to address the needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow – offering employees the opportunity to invent themselves and reshape the world.Saint-Gobain Abrasives, the world’s leading manufacturer of abrasives, offers powerful, precise and user-friendly solutions enabling customers to shape and surface finish all types of materials even in the most complex and challenging applications across a diverse range of markets.Missions:The Buyer provides parts, equipment, and materials by developing sources of supply and monitoring supplier performance; verifying receipt of items, authorizing payment, and managing and controlling inventory. The buyer will be responsible for the procurement of various commodity materials including packaging and raw materials. He or she will manage complex tasks independently and act as the primary liaison between the internal customer and the supplier on major issues. Coordinates and executes the most difficult and unique purchasing transactions.• Complete purchase requests with domestic and international suppliers by inputting purchase orders, expediting deliveries, and verifying all transactions.• Handle correspondence concerning over-shipments, delivery shortages, changes in quantity, delivery dates, and prices and report such changes to the interested parties in a timely manner as required.• Act as a liaison between suppliers and involved departments to resolve procurement related problems.• Ensure stock status is reviewed and acted on weekly and ensure requisitions are placed in a timely fashion. Pro-actively communicate with internal customers when an issue arises with an order.• Confirm and acknowledge po’s, expedite needed materials, react to sap exception messages, close old po’s, interact with team and suppliers to have material when needed.• Plans, purchases and expedites material, equipment and services on a broad assignment basis usually involving important and critical items.• Authorize payment for purchases by reviewing invoices and related documentation.• Resolve receiving, pricing, transport, issues as it pertains to procurement.• Maintain appropriate inventory levels / safety stock levels consistent with targeted inventory goals and as set by management.• Attends regular meetings for specific product lines and understand materials impact.• Monitor supplier performance by ensuring that product is delivered as scheduled and meets specifications; maintaining appropriate files and records of meetings with suppliers to ensure company requirements are met and that supplier is aware of their performance.• Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending workshops and training.• Contribute to team effort by accomplishing other job related tasks as needed; enabling other workers to achieve their job objectives.• Supply requirements to manufacturing locations that support weekly the needs of the factory and ensures that factory production is not disrupted. Continuously evaluate, understand, and update the stock status as necessary. The internal and external lead-time, re-order point and the lot size must be updated on a regular basis and the latest data must be entered in SAP system.• Any known delivery delays or Issues need to be communicated to production.• Communicate frequently with internal customers and suppliers regarding, customer service, process improvements and cost saving ideas. Maintain strong relationship with internal Customers (Manufacturing, R&D, Quality Groups and Facilities). Respond immediately to requests. Anticipate and prepare for potential issues. Document lessons learned.• Demonstrate effective utilization of existing purchasing planning policies, procedures, systems, and documented processes. Recommend and drive improvements. Keep up to date on best practice purchasing skills.Profile:• Ability to act independently to determine methods and procedures on new assignments.• Ability to respond consistently with a high degree of initiative to resolve issues orcomplex problems that may arise.• Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly.• Well-developed written and verbal communication, listening and presentation skills.• Efficient organization and time-management skills.• Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.• A courteous and professional demeanor.• Strong negotiation skills• Ability to work well under pressure• Intermediate to advanced computer skills. Proficient with MS Office suite, SAP and other work-related software. • Knowledge of the principles and practices of purchasing.• Knowledge of the materials, products, and the commodity markets in assigned areas of specialization.• Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.