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  • 492667
  • Houston, Texas, United States
  • Garlock
  • Supply Chain
  • Full-Time/Regular


Reports to the Materials Manager and the Production Manager and is responsible for purchasing raw materials, parts, services, and primary communication for production expedite orders as assigned for the operation of Garlock Sealing Technologies.


  • Cooperates with engineers, production, quality, and others as assigned to draw up specifications, tolerances, as required to meet the material requirements of the business.
  • Review source of supply and quotations of various suppliers for authorized purchase requisitions.
  • Sends requests for quotations and interviews potential suppliers and selects suppliers who best meet the quality, price, and delivery requirements.
  • Seeks out new suppliers to reduce costs, improve quality of products or serve as substitutes for scarce items.  Negotiates most contracts on behalf local facility.   
  • Discusses defects of purchased goods with Quality Assurance or Engineering personnel to determine source of trouble and take corrective action.
  • Follows-up on important and urgently needed items to ensure specified delivery dates.
  • Ability to conceptualize the direction of assigned commodities and develops plans of action to achieve the goals and objectives of the group.
  • Ability to develop and implement new ideas to meet the business plan.
  • Compiles, enters, edits, and distributes purchase orders as required.
  • Must be cognizant of all-departmental procedures and associated responsibilities.
  • Review forecasts for independent demand items. 
  • Responsible for managing the material requirements, plan through the proper use of planned orders, firm planned orders and released work orders.
  • Follows up on the progress of orders and expedites as necessary to ensure orders will be shipped on time.
  • Works with Supervisor to develop improvements in procedures and control.
  • Maintains close liaison with Purchasing, Suppliers, Manufacturing, Shipping and Customer Service.
  • Manage capacity constraints to meet customer and internal schedules.
  • Track part deliveries (manufactured and purchased) in support of manufacturing and expedite.
  • Improve daily ERP system flow, develop systems to improve material flow and information to increase our response time to customers.
  • Analyze and implement material replenishment options, coordinate monthly shipment plans, quote expedited deliveries of urgent materials, lead in long term contract quoting and lead in efforts to right-size stocking levels.
  • Responsible for physical inventory


    Performs other duties as assigned by Manager.

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work being performed by people assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel classified under this job title.


    • Communicates effectively:  Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.  
    • Customer focus:  Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions. 
    • Optimizes work processes:  Knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement. 
    • Nimble learning:  Actively learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder. 
    • Demonstrates self-awareness:  Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses. 
    • Manages complexity:  Making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.  
    • Action oriented:  Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.  
    • Collaborates:  Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives. 
    • Interpersonal savvy:  Relating openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people. 
    • Values differences:  Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization. 
    • Instills trust:  Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity. 
    • Being resilient:  Rebounding from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations. 



  • College degree required or 5 years of experience in an equal or greater role.  A minimum of 2-3 years’ experience in knowledge and understanding of the total procurement process. 
  • Strong negotiation skills to aggressively close deals that positively affect bottom-line results and promote win/win relationships with our key vendors.
  • Strong listening, interpersonal and communication skills for communicating upward, downward, and horizontal messages.
  • Good knowledge of the products and manufacturing processes.

    WORKING CONDITIONS:      Office & Manufacturing Shop Floor


    REPORTS TO: Materials Manager



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