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Purchasing Agent

Apply Job ID REF1572V Date posted 04/05/2021 Address 850 Steam Plant Road, Gallatin, TN Job Type Full-time Job Status Exempt

CIP (California Industrial Products) is a $120M business unit part of ITW North American Stamped Fasteners division. CIP specializes in the design and manufacturing of fasteners and related products. ITW CIP fasteners can be found on vehicle platforms around the world – securing fenders, bumpers, chassis assemblies, doors, interior components and much more.


The division drives profitability by leveraging its innovative solutions and application engineering.  In addition to ITW’s industry leading research and development capabilities, CIP enhances our customers’ competitive advantage by…

•     Maintaining advanced engineering and manufacturing facilities

•     Exchanging product, process and benchmarking information with sister units worldwide.

•     Continually improving processes, material and designs to ensure every product exceeds customer specifications while providing unparalleled value.

Purchasing Agent is responsible for managing the entire procurement process and would play key part in maintaining relationships with strategic suppliers for assigned categories.

This role will provide full support to internal stakholders and ensure part availability for on time delivery to both internal and external customers. This position will require a high level of interface with Engineering, Planning, Warehousing, Quality, and other strategic functions within our business.

Job responsibilities:

  • Prepare RFQ packages, analyse quotes, make recomendations, and gets buy-in from the team

  • Responsible for sourcing year over year cost savings.

  • Negotiate competitive pricing and optimal order quantities

  • Negotiate contracts and agreements.

  • Lead sourcing projects with minimum to no supervision

  • Lead cross-functional teams

  • Acts as escalation point for quality concerns

  • Approves and issues purchase orders in conjuction with negotiated terms and conditions

  • Monitors daily inventory levels to ensure delivery performance and inventory levels are within range

  • Investigate purchase order/invoice discrepancies

  • Ensures best practices and greatest leverage in procurement processes

  • Effectively communicate with customer base regarding inventory levels, quality issues, and all other business related topics.

  • Performs various other duties as required

  • Limited travel required


  • Bachelor degree

  • Inquisitive, detail-oriented with strong analytical skills and an innovative approach to problem solving

  • Highly Skilled in MS Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)

  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills 

  • Ability to work independently, self-motivated, and results oriented


Required Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years in supply chain and planning

  • Project management

  • Cross-functional team lead


Prefered Experience:

  • AS400 ERP system

Illinois Tool Works, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.


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