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Carter Lumber Assistant Buyer in Kent, Ohio

Assistant Buyer

  • Kent, OH

  • Full Time

  • Office/Corporate

  • Experienced

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A Carter Lumber Assistant Buyer negotiates with vendors on various building materials. Ensures our vendors are providing the best combination of quality, service and price to our stores and customers. A strong belief in the mission and goals of the company are necessary to this position.

Requirements to be Considered for the Position:

  • Previous purchasing experience in the building materials industry

  • Previous experience in inventory management

  • Previous experience in vendor negotiations

  • Experience in analysis and forecasting

  • Exceptional problem solving abilities

  • Understanding of buying cycles associated with the building materials industry

  • Ability to review documents for accuracy

  • Ability to multi task, organize, prioritize and coordinate work activities

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Responsibilities of the Position:


  • Ability to negotiate with vendors and make recommendations to Buyer based on the following negotiated criteria:

  • Volume Rebates: monthly, quarterly, and yearly

  • Cash Discounts and Payment Terms

  • Growth Incentives

  • Consignment Programs

  • Dropped SKU Penalties

  • Co-op Advertising Dollars and other Relationship Marketing Events

  • Locates and purchases products that best fit our customer and store needs

  • Ensures on time delivery of quality products at competitive costs to site locations

  • Assists in forecasting material requirements by analyzing trends to establish stocking levels

  • Analyzes product trends and turnover and recommends material requirements to Buyer

  • Helps develop & recommends vendor programs to Buyer to increase margin dollars by product line

Product Management:

  • Primarily responsible to review suggested order reports and replenish inventories

  • Assists in reviewing sales, turns, margins and gross profit dollars on products purchased

Store Support:

  • Helps stores with special orders, product information, pricing questions, minimum order quantities, availability and lead times

  • Assists stores with product issues including shipments, quality and defective material by communicating with store and vendor

  • Assists in quoting large jobs

Benefits Provided:

  • Medical Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Disability Insurance

  • Life Insurance

  • Employer-matching 401(k) Plan