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Purchasing Manager

Portland, OR 97220
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At Vetsource, we help pet owners gain easy access to the medications that their pets need to stay happy and healthy. We are seeking a dynamic problem solver with a background in purchasing to help us evolve our purchasing program to improve product availability and resiliency as we grow. This will require an assessment of our current practices and the overlay of your expertise and experiences to build successful collaborative relationships with vendors. On a daily basis your responsibilities would include oversight of a team of buyers, maintaining positive relationships with suppliers and coordinating with other internal teams regarding their routine supply needs.

To be successful as a Purchasing Manager you should be able to manage and optimize purchasing activities and processes; ensure purchasing activities support quality, cost, inventory and service level standards. You will continually evaluate and adjust purchasing, materials management strategies, and plans to meet changing economic and competitive conditions. You will be responsible for the development and management of purchasing and inventory practices and tools.

Essential Duties:

  • Develop and maintain a distribution network between organizational locations
  • Oversee purchasing of goods and services, ensuring cost and quality standards are met
  • Establish policies and procedures for identifying, evaluating, selecting and negotiating with vendors
  • Manage vendor relationships or work with vendors to resolve quality, shipping, or invoicing issues
  • Maintain accurate and timely records and inventory counts to ensure that distribution activities meet the corporate strategic needs
  • Assess departmental performance, identify weaknesses or risk, and suggest operational changes to ensure the efficient flow of goods
  • Develop and execute purchasing and materials management strategies, plans, policies, procedures, programs and systems, to ensure achievement of short and long term company objectives and maximize support of business operations.
  • Ensures that materials and services are purchased in an efficient, timely and cost-effective manner without disruption to operations, by implementing consistent process disciplines which leverage all available technology and talent.
  • Directs the purchasing cycle of materials, capital equipment, and related services on a local and national level
  • Administers cost reduction methods via increased supplier base, development of source directives, and centralized Vetsource purchasing.
  • Develop plans and procedures to carry out purchasing, inventory and materials management functions in accordance with Vetsource policies and uniform commercial practices.
  • Develop trends and forecasts to optimize purchasing decisions.
  • Ensure inventory management practices are consistent with all accounting standards. Tailor inventory purchasing to support inventory needs and achieve maximum financial and operational performance.
  • Implement methods of operation that best ensure compliance with procedures, and maximize control over expenditure authorities, order fulfillment, receiving, delivery and payment.
  • Train, develop and evaluate staff. Utilizes human resources in a positive manner to ensure stability and continuity, while ensuring maximum productivity and accuracy.
  • Perform all duties with the highest standard of business ethics and professional practices.
  • Work with management to develop and implement new procedures to streamline processes and identify inventory discrepancies
  • Develop and maintain department metrics to align with company objective
  • Provide budgetary inputs based on executed results and projected initiatives
  • Support supplier relationships through inventory planning, documentation, and execution
  • Develop long-term company wide demand planning, ordering, and purchasing strategies
  • Other special projects as assigned


In addition to the job-specific responsibilities listed above, all employees are expected to support and model Vetsource Core Value Principles: Do the right thing every time; Treat others the way they want to be treated; Embrace Change; Be innovative; Get it done; Work hard, have fun! Employees will be held accountable for knowledge and effective application of these principles.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Demonstrate exemplary Vetsource Values and provide positive and respectful leadership
  • Must be able to make sound judgement decisions and know when to ask their manager for assistance
  • Ability to communicate and partner with other departments in order to identify and assist in the development of enhanced processes and procedures
  • Be innovative and embrace change
  • Ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with great attention to detail
  • Results driven, proactive and able to work autonomously
  • Exhibit a willingness to consistently take on new challenges
  • Must be innovative and have the ability to improve department efficiencies
  • Facilitate process improvement projects with the team based on sound data analysis.
  • Proven ability to lead teams toward organizational goals with successful outcomes
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively listen and communicate information in a clear, calm, and concise manner
  • Strong conflict resolution skills
  • Must be team-oriented and work well with others
  • Self- motivated with a strong desire to learn new products and technologies
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment, with the ability to multi-task.
  • Capacity to effectively manage and motivate employees, including tasks related to hiring, coaching, discipline, and staff development
  • Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback in a professional manner
  • Have a genuine passion for providing excellent customer service
  • Ability to negotiate and manage contractual arrangements
  • Capacity to develop sound pharmacy practice skills

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Leads programs to enhance the development and engagement of management staff and direct associates.
  • Oversight of all team personnel activities regarding hiring, conducting coaching conversations, review of performance and goal setting for next trimester and payroll approval
  • Discipline, training and staff development
  • Meets regularly with staff
  • Provide staff with feedback regarding performance metrics to include corrective action if necessary
  • Responsible for coaching, mentoring, motivating, and retaining staff


  • Minimum 5 years of progressive purchasing experience, preferably in pharmaceutical or veterinary materials distribution environment or industry
  • Minimum three (3) years in a leadership or managerial capacity
  • Bachelor's Degree in Operations, Finance, Business or comparable discipline; or equivalent related work experience
  • Excellent computer skills are required; experience using email, instant message, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, ERP systems, as well as the ability to learn how to navigate unfamiliar systems or programs quickly

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Veterinary experience a plus

Special Working Conditions:

  • Ability to stand and work at a counter/computer for long periods of time
  • The noise level in the work area is normally quiet to moderate
  • Ability to tolerate an environment where dogs could be present in the office areas of the business

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


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Posted: 2020-11-10 Expires: 2020-12-12

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