National Purchasing Manager- Avdg

Guitar Center, Inc. Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 2 months ago

Are you a National Purchasing Manager with a passion for bringing a fast-growing organization to the next level?

Do you believe in the power of audio-video with automation and systems to create awe-inspiring experiences that promote work & family collaboration, entertainment, and education especially during these unprecedented times?

If you do, then top it off by being with a division of an organization that is expanding and helping each new generation stay up to date with the most advanced solutions in integration.

Position Overview:National Purchasing Manager

AVDG is looking for a National Purchasing Manager who will be responsible for managing national vendor relationships and expectations through quarterly business reviews and regular KPI reporting to ensure adherence to both pricing and service level commitments across the vendor base.

In addition, this key member of our leadership team will define and implement purchasing and inventory management and best practices across a matrix organization of purchasing analysts and buyers in various locations nationwide. Through weekly roundtables and coaching, this individual will work with each local team, to develop inventory management and buying strategies that deliver high quality, optimal cost, and on-time availability.

This position will be engaging and manage supplier relations, pricing, procurement, and processes that meet AVDG strategic plans. Following best practices and our guidelines will purchase and approve payment of goods, materials, and services as well as continue to build a network of vendors, negotiates pricing and terms, and foster relationships.

Responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to the following:

  • Negotiate and manage contracts and pricing on an annual and quarterly basis, depending on commodity cycles for each category.

  • Develop and roll-out planning and purchasing processes and tools to standardize activities.

  • Regularly coordinate review and improvement of processes for purchasing and inventory control.

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of commodity market conditions in key product categories.

  • Ensure inventory accuracy at all times to avoid overbuying.

  • Participate in hiring, staff training and development, and the supervision of purchasing teams.

  • Ensure appropriate professional development and team building and coaching for direct and extended team members.

  • Opportunity to expand and grow the position as the organization continues to grow and acquire other companies.

To join our band you'll need the following experience:

Education/Experience.

  • Bachelor's Degree or college education highly preferred but not required

  • Certifications in Purchasing, Supply Chain, Inventory, CPP, CSCP, CPIM...a big plus.

  • Minimum of 6 years of directly relevant experience in procurement, sourcing with management or supervisory experience

  • Audio-Video Integration, Tech, or related industry preferred.

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Products, high proficiency with different ERP and purchasing systems required, experience with Solutions 360 is a big plus.

  • Strong demonstrated leadership - leads and motivates people (both internal and external)

  • Excellent analytical and financial skills

  • Ability to adapt to different situations, cultures and people

About AVDG:

Founded in 1996, Audio Visual Design Group (AVDG) is a leading design-build firm specializing in audiovisual systems for commercial and residential spaces worldwide. AVDG has a world-class technical staff considered to be among the best in the industry. This high level of technical ability makes us uniquely qualified to deliver sophisticated systems that are elegant, yet simple to use.

AVDG joined the Guitar Center enterprise in late 2017. Guitar Center embodies the world of creativity and music by encouraging our teammates to find their own individual sound. We strive to create lifelong musicians and make a difference in the world by enabling musicians and non-musicians alike to experience the almost indescribable happiness that comes from playing an instrument. We believe in putting our customers first, engaging with respect and integrity, and fulfilling our mission with passion. If you love music and want to be a key player in an organization whose purpose is to fill the world with more music and to develop generations of new musicians then we have a position where you can find your sound.

About Guitar Center

Guitar Center embodies the world of creativity and music by encouraging our teammates to find their own individual sound. We strive to craft lifelong musicians and make a difference in the world by enabling musicians and non-musicians alike to experience the almost indescribable happiness that comes from playing an instrument. We believe in putting our customers first, engaging with respect and integrity, and fulfilling our mission with passion.

Why join us?

With a career at Guitar Center, you become part of the world's largest multichannel musical instrument retailer. Whether at our Stores, Contact Centers, Distribution Centers, or Support Center, Guitar Center employees have a common goal: to help people find their sound and fill the world with more music.

Love this gig and want to apply?

Send your resume and cover letter today along with salary expectations!

Guitar Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides fair and equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. All employment decisions are based on valid jobrelated requirements.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our website, you may request a reasonable accommodation to express interest in a specific opening. You can request a reasonable accommodation by sending an email to recruiting@guitarcenter.com

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