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Sourcing Specialist (Corrugated) - Des Plaines, IL

Des Plaines, IL
Salary Range : $75,000

Hirewell has been retained by a $1B privately held paper and packaging company to help them find a Sourcing Specialist specialized in corrugated packaging. In this role you will be embedded in the custom packaging division based in Des Plaines, IL, working closely with the sales, customer service and design teams.

The focus of the role is communicating and negotiating with Midwest suppliers with a focus on the corrugated packaging (cardboard) category to obtain favorable pricing and advantageous terms.

How you’ll know you are successful in the role is if you help steer/educate the design and sales teams and end customers to custom product offerings that meet their business needs and allow for good margins. Your direct negotiation with the supplies may have a significant impact on the ability to close business and achieve targeted profitability on deals.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Negotiate prices and terms with suppliers to obtain the best deals on behalf of the company  
  • Tracks purchases, monitors vendor quality, and maintains a current database of vendor information
  • Evaluating suppliers by considering price, quality, availability and other criteria
  • Verifying purchases by comparing them to a master list and recommending alternatives for expensive or irrelevant products
  • Represent custom packaging division in corporate procurement meetings  
  • Develop and manage procurement sourcing strategies and share findings with stakeholders and management
  • Interacting with suppliers to schedule delivery times and resolve shipping errors

Skills and experience our client values:

  • Experience sourcing for paper products especially corrugated packaging 
  • Demonstrated success in negotiation
  • Ability to build relationships throughout supplier’s organization and leverage the information gained from those relationships
  • Responsive and collaborative team player, ideally with previous experience working with sales, customer services, and/or design teams
  • Ability to occasionally travel to vendors sites throughout the midwest

Preferred qualification or things you’ll learn:

  • Sourcing for flexible film and rigid containers
  • ERP experience
  • Knowledge or certifications in supply chain and/or procurement best practices

This position is hybrid with a couple of days a week spent in the Des Plaines office. The company offers a comprehensive benefits package (health, dental, FSA, HSA, vision, life, AD&D, EAP, retirement, PTO).

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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