Purchasing/Buyer in Niles, MI at Spartan Tool

Date Posted: 9/14/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Location:
    Niles, MI
  • Experience:
    3 to 5 years
  • Date Posted:

Job Description

Spartan Tool LLC is one of North America's leading manufacturers of electro-mechanical and high-pressure water jet drain cleaning equipment.  Since 1943, Spartan has been leading the way in sewer and drain cleaning. We are dedicated to helping our customer work quickly, efficiently and safely. This focus comes through in everything we do, from the equipment we make, to the training we offer so customers can get the most out of our machines. Spartan’s customer base is the end user in a variety of industries including institutional, commercial, government, municipalities, military and many more.

Spartan Tool LLC is a business unit of Pettibone LLC, which is an affiliate of The Heico Companies, a privately-held multi-billion conglomerate of over 40 companies. Pettibone LLC, headquartered in Warrenville, Illinois, is the parent of many independent operating companies which produce a wide array of equipment and products. The independent business concept fosters entrepreneurship and growth. It is consistent with our philosophy of developing a close customer contact to provide prompt, responsive service and to meet their customer's changing needs.

Essential Duties:

  • Use MRP logic to schedule the supply of materials/components to meet production requirements and maintain safety stock levels.
  • Assess and adjust ordering volumes against planning assumptions and trends in forecast.
  • Take follow up actions in relation to material shortages that affect production and plant efficiencies. 
  • Monitor system integrity with respect vendor and item data, i.e. vendor lead time, part number, contacts, BOM, etc and take actions as needed.
  • Assist in the resolution of production, design, quality and/or delivery problems with suppliers.
  • Investigate and resolve invoice versus receiving discrepancies
  • Interviews and confers with current and prospective suppliers to determine supply capabilities.
  • Support with qualifying new sources and secures and analyzes quotations.  Recommend suppliers with respect to cost, quality and delivery competitiveness as needed.
  • Assist with RMA/RGA process within facility and track supplier corrective actions. 
  • Participate in ECN process to minimize obsolete stock and company liability.
  • Generate and communicate supplier material delivery schedules and forecasts for both domestic and overseas suppliers.
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with suppliers and ensure demand for materials is met and received on time.  Support supplier meetings and negotiations as needed.

Desired Skills:

MAPICS or D365 experience

3-5 years of experience as Material Planner or Buyer

Strong interpersonal, negotiation and influencing skills

Ability to multi-task and work independently


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