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Facility Buyer

Date: Jul 22, 2021

Location: Valliant, OK, US, 74764

Company: International Paper

What if you were given the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference? It is time to embrace your Infinite Possibilities. This is your opportunity to be part of International Paper, a Fortune 500 company and global leader in paper and packaging products. IP is known for our commitment to the environment and to cutting-edge technology. We have spent more than 100 years creating new ideas, and we are looking for people who can collaborate to help us build on our history, while creating future success. We are committed to attracting, preparing, promoting and supporting our teams. At International Paper, you control your destiny. We offer benefits, challenges, global opportunities and total rewards. When we say Infinite Possibilities, we mean it.



Posting Dates: 6/15/21-6/29/21

FLSA: Exempt

Candidate Identified: No

Relocation Paid: Yes


Perform procurement functions at the Valliant, Oklahoma mill to secure goods and/or services for the facility in accordance with purchasing policy and delegated authority to maximize total value received and produce results that contribute to the meeting of the facility’s business objectives.  The position reports to the Manager, Purchasing & Stores and will be located at the Valliant Mill.   


Position level will vary depending upon experience and education of the successful candidate.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Provide prompt and professional purchasing services to internal customers by communicating effectively with the Operations, Engineering, and Maintenance. 
  • Support a shared responsibility for capital projects through the procurement process and contract execution and adherence.
  • Promptly handle requisitions to ensure stable supply and timely availability of materials and service.  Follow up with vendors regarding order status.
  • Purchases services, which includes coordination of people and equipment, as well as managing quality of work.   Negotiate rates for labor and materials.
  • Deliver value to the mill through effective procurement activities at the local level as well as ensuring implementation and adherence of Global Sourcing agreements.
  • Prepare and publish specifications for bids, evaluate bid responses, verify history of supplier service and ability to meet contract specifications, and negotiate contracts.
  • Develop an effective supplier base by cultivating supplier relationships through reviews of operations and mutually beneficial programs.
  • Implementation of Global Sourcing Agreements  and strategies for purchasing and materials management processes at the unit level.
  • Obtain maximum value for IP regarding cost, quality, delivery and service levels.
  • Support Corporate and Regional agreements consistent with Global Sourcing direction.
  • Track and report supplier performance and escalate supplier issues as appropriate.
  • Assist with reconciliation of invoices.
  • Pursue opportunities to consolidate purchases and competitively source materials under local, regional, and national contracts.
  • Provide backup and vacation relief to team members.
  • Perform role of team lead and sometimes formal supervisory responsibilities.
  • Mentor and assist team members with less experience in the performance of their responsibilities.
  • Ensure adherence to IP Corporate financial and purchasing policies and procedures.
  • Provide safety leadership through modeling of safe behaviors.  Ensure employee adherence to all mill safety requirements and expectations.


Working Conditions:


  • Must be able to wear all required personal safety equipment, including but not limited to eye protection, hearing protection, hard hats and safety shoes. 
  • May be required to work extended hours and must be available for weekend call.


Key Competencies Required:


  • Action Oriented
  • Timely Decision Making
  • Negotiating
  • Customer Focus
  • Integrity & Trust
  • Drive for Results
  • Dealing with Ambiguity
  • Functional/Technical Skills


Knowledge And Experience:


  • 3+ years purchasing/storeroom experience including bidding, negotiating, and administering contracts and agreements preferred
  • Manufacturing/Industrial experience preferred
  • Pulp and Paper Mill experience preferred
  • Working knowledge of MS Office including Word, PowerPoint, Excel is required
  • SAP Business Software knowledge preferred
  • Effective Written & Verbal Communication Skills
  • Proficient in Computer Use


Education BA or BS degree is preferred; or five or more years’ experience in purchasing or related field.


International Paper is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Valliant OK 74764 

Nearest Major Market: Oklahoma