Arden CompaniesArden Companies

Purchasing Manager

Sanford, NC

Bachelor’s Degree


Minimum 1 Year in Office Environment

Full Time, Salaried

General Summary:

This position requires a high level of energy, enthusiasm, and a proven track record of success. The purchasing position is accountable for overseeing all aspects of the plant’s purchasing and supply function, including sourcing suppliers and ensuring efficient use of material in plant operations. The purchasing manager is responsible to develop and maintain systems to anticipate material needs and ensure timely delivery to avoid downtime as well as overstocking. This position includes negotiations on pricing with suppliers, plus capability and quality assessment of these suppliers to enable the plant to meet production requirements. This position reports directly to the Plant Manager and includes providing leadership support to the staff on safety.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and support to the plant and workforce on staff safety
  • Oversee Plant maintenance, supply, and equipment purchasing sourcing, utilizing best practices to lower costs, improve supply quality, and increase material
  • Monitor capital purchases including original request date and amounts, status of ROI calculation approval, document multiple quotes obtained, and update purchasing
  • Generate Purchase Orders to support demands, reorder point, safety stock, and manually derived requirements. Review and release against corporate contracts for specified categories of plant Purchase components and other inventory items for Sanford plant and sister operations
  • Provide coordination of supply chain management with other functional areas and
  • Maintain stable and profitable relationships with partners in the supply chain to ensure continuity of
  • Negotiate prices and terms with suppliers and vendors and identify and develop new sources of supply when existing sources are
  • Ensure that our vendors use our approved freight carriers when the delivery cost is at Arden’s
  • Maintain a documented system of purchasing policies and
  • Assist in managing outsourced functions.
  • Assist with invoice matching to receiving documentation and purchasing requisitions and purchase orders, ensuring the validity of invoicing and transaction-processing operations, within the purchasing policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the follow-up when accounts payable are not paid in a timely manner.
  • Ensure return of defective material, unnecessary or overstock materials, and monitor purchasing levels to reduce risk of
  • Continually evaluate the chain in order to produce better techniques, more cost- effective materials, and faster
  • Review and update contracts for cost competitiveness, plus compliance with company policies and
  • Maintain an orderly purchasing filing system, and ensure efficient tracking of purchase orders, returns, and all purchasing and invoicing
  • Issue timely commentary about expedited component shipments and unplanned stock
  • Actively participate in the Greener Path Solution
  • Other duties as assigned


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required to Perform Essential Functions:

  • High-level skills with data analysis tools including Excel and ERP data downloads preferred
  • Strong analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Effective communication skills with all levels of the plant
  • Ability to function in a team environment and to participate on cross-functional teams
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Provide leadership, maintain a safe, healthy, and productive environment



5+ years of progressively responsible experience in a medium-sized company or division of a large corporation.

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