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Specialist Buyer

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Position Summary:

The Specialist Buyer manages assigned commodities and works within the commodity team structure to resolve supplier issues and reduce total costs. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Develop, track, and execute sourcing strategies for assigned commodities; measured against key criteria (price, delivery, quality and responsiveness) 
  • Work closely with other departments to ensure cross-functional support on cost saving initiatives. 
  • Proactively monitor relevant markets 
  • Negotiate contract/supply agreements to secure the highest quality goods and value based on market shifts, supply chain movement, and various product offerings. 
  • Identify and drive cost savings initiatives 
  • Continually search out alternative sources and materials 
  • Manage  Supplier relationships 
  • Support escalated supplier issues (material shortage) from procurement and work with suppliers for quick solutions 
  • Facilitate purchasing matters with other departments, locations and divisions, including senior management. 
  • Resolve supplier issues 
  • Work within the Commodity Team structure 
  • Other duties may be assigned. 


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not have any supervisory responsibilities 


Required/preferred skills 

  • Ability to work independently and solve problems. 
  • Ability to work cohesively with all levels of internal and external customers with possessing listening, interpersonal, and communication skills. 
  • Experience as a change agent in an organization. 
  • Analytical and project management skills 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate across functional and multicultural lines 
  • Possess strong organizational, written and verbal communication, problem solving and time management skills. 
  • Possess ability to multi-task and manage many responsibilities and projects at one time 
  • demonstrated business acumen 
  • Excellent computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook are required.  


Required/preferred experience: 

  • Knowledge of JD Edwards or PeopleSoft 
  • Solid comprehension of Finance & Business accounting. 
  • Familiar with manufacturing systems, material flow, and associated processes 
  • Understanding of lean principles and problem solving techniques Familiar with Six Sigma and/or principles in statistical control 
  • Metal Fabrication / Industry Knowledge 
  • Wood Processing / Fabrication / Industry Knowledge 
  • In-depth knowledge of foreign and domestic markets for optimum pricing and terms. 
  • Familiar with implementing low cost country sourcing 
  • CPSM or APICS certification 



Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent from a college or university in business, operations management, or engineering. 



Employee must be able to travel 35-50% of the time.  

Physical Demands:

To perform this job successfully, the physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by an employee. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to handle and feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee may occasionally be required to crouch. The employee may occasionally lift items as heavy as 25lbs. Specific vision abilities may include the employee’s ability to see near and far distances.

DISCLAIMER: The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by the employee within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of any employee assigned to this job. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


Who we are:

A cornerstone in the death care industry, Batesville has distinguished itself from all others through our commitment to quality, service and innovation. For more than 100 years, Batesville has been dedicated to serving the needs of licensed funeral professionals and helping families honor the lives of those they love.® With annual revenues of approximately $600 million, Batesville is a leader, providing a comprehensive portfolio of burial and cremation products, memorialization offerings, profit-enhancing merchandising systems and leading-edge technology solutions.

 At Batesville, our associates are our strongest asset, and we strive to attract, hire and develop the best and brightest to ensure our place in the future. Batesville has a strong culture of achievement, which is underpinned by these five core values:

  • Individual worth and integrity
  • Excellence in execution
  • Spirit of continuous learning and improvement
  • Courage
  • Customer focus and partnership

Batesville is an operating company of Hillenbrand. Hillenbrand (www.Hillenbrand.com) is a global diversified industrial company with businesses that serve a wide variety of industries around the world. We pursue profitable growth and robust cash generation to drive increased value for our shareholders. Hillenbrand's portfolio includes industrial businesses such as Coperion, Milacron Injection Molding & Extrusion, and Mold-Masters, in addition to Batesville, a recognized leader in the death care industry in North America. Hillenbrand is publicly traded on the NYSE under "HI."


What We Offer:

Unique Health & Welfare Benefits

  • Onsite wellness center* with FREE office visits, FREE physical therapy & many FREE generic prescription medications
  • Generous 401K Matching Program
  • Unique programs to help associates improve access to medical professionals and improve the overall healthcare experience

What Sets Us Apart:

Making a difference: Helping families honor the lives of those they love® isn’t just our mission. It’s why we do what we do every day to make every Batesville product the best it can be.

Development is a priority: We promote learning and development from Day 1. From our Experience Batesville onboarding program to self-guided courses on Batesville University, there are opportunities to advance your skills. We encourage associates to create Individual Development Plans (IDPs) to help drive career-focused discussions and advancement.

Putting customers first: We value the funeral professionals’ role in serving families and are committed to doing our part to ensure their success.

We Have Fun! We work hard, but when it’s time to play, we get creative – and competitive. Whether it is a kickball tournament or football toss, our Tree is Me team provides engagement activities to bring people together across the organization.

We Give Back: We support our communities by assisting in fundraising events and volunteer programs to help those in need.

*These services are not available at all Batesville locations. 

Batesville is a family: This is not just a job. You will be part of a family of highly committed associates who are passionate about our company, committed to our customers and excited about our future.

At Hillenbrand we strive to build a diverse workforce through equal opportunity employment that embraces and leverages the differences each individual has to offer. Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer of minorities/females/disabled/veterans.





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