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Area Purchasing & Stores Manager


Georgia-Pacific has an immediate opening for an Area Manager – Purchasing & Stores. This role will be based out of our gypsum facility in Tacoma, WA and will also support our Philomath, OR lumber mill. As a part of our Strategic Sourcing & Procurement organization, this role reports to the corporate office in Atlanta, GA with a dotted-line reporting relationship to the Plant Manager at Tacoma and Mill Manager at Philomath. This position will manage local procurement, storeroom operations, and supervise personnel. The individual must be self-directed, work with a high sense of urgency and possess the ability to solve problems and collaborate with others to meet the needs of Operations. The individual may also be asked to participate on centralized teams, special projects, and other initiatives to support continuous improvement and transformation for our businesses.

What You Will Do In Your Role

  • Ensuring compliance with all safety, purchasing, fiduciary, stores and environmental policies and procedures.
  • Working with internal customers to identify and address unmet needs that align with procurement and business goals to deliver long-term value; demonstrate a high degree of Customer Focus and an ability to effectively influence others
  • Fostering internal and external relationships through collaboration that build virtuous cycles of mutual benefit
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams at the facility and headquarters to implement initiatives that support business priorities
  • Ability to lead and effectively manage change and transformational initiatives
  • Leading, supervising, coaching, and mentoring employees
  • Driving value creation through transformation, innovation, and process improvement
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to identify, analyze, and execute on opportunities to streamline processes and achieve the lowest total cost of ownership on projects, storeroom inventory, and other purchases
  • Sourcing, procuring, negotiating, contracting, and managing inventory of equipment, MRO parts, services, and supplies
  • Working with requestors to understand requirements, specifications, and timing; conducting competitive bidding process, including soliciting RFIs/RFPs and robust bid analysis & recommendations
  • Managing, utilizing, and negotiating agreements as appropriate
  • Managing and working to improve the procure-to-pay process (including invoice reconciliation management) and training internal customers on their roles in these processes as needed
  • Optimizing working capital and MRO inventory levels while ensuring the needs of the facilities are properly supported 

The Experience You Will Bring


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • At least three years of procurement or related experience
  • Inventory or storeroom management experience, including experience with an inventory management computer system
  • Experience negotiating with local, regional or national contracts
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience using data analytics tools
  • Ability to travel up to 30%

What Will Put You Ahead

  • 3+ years of experience in the manufacturing industry

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