Associate Buyer


The Associate Buyer will provide category leadership for direct packaging materials procurement and outsourcing in North America. This position is responsible for the execution of a category sourcing strategy that meets business needs for supply coverage, cost control, and quality.


  • Provide strategic input for all procurement efforts within the category. This includes both direct and indirect purchases.
  • Secure and maintain adequate supply coverage of raw materials to meet production requirements at all internal and third party production facilities.
  • Identify, evaluate and select suppliers that can meet Kao Americas business needs for quality, cost and customer service using an independent and unbiased decision criteria.
  • Negotiate price and non - price terms with suppliers and vendors with a focus on total cost decision criteria.
  • Provide internal leadership as needed by serving as an operational and technical resource to assist in education, establishing process, and problem resolution.
  • Develop and maintain positive and collaborative working relationships with internal customers and strategic suppliers.
  • Work effectively as a team member of the Purchasing and Product Supply Organizations.
  • Manage supplier performance to ensure business needs are being met.
  • Continuously look for opportunities to improve supplier performance, cost savings and deliver innovation to the category.
  • Provide timely, accurate and relevant information to management on changes in purchase cost, market risk and industry dynamics that could have a material impact on the Kao Americas Organization.


  • Knowledge of Supply Chain Management practices and procedures.
  • Interest in Procurement
  • Good analytical skills with ability to think strategically.
  • Knowledge of accounting principles is a plus
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Comfortable with engaging in 2 way negotiations
  • Results oriented with proven track record of accomplishments
  • College degree with 0 – 3 years strategic sourcing experience
  • Experience in procurement of packaging materials, ingredients or outsourcing is a plus
  • Knowledge of international sourcing is a plus