Purchasing Manager


Are you looking to take your career to the next level? Joining the Stellar team means you can take ownership of your future. We are a people-focused company that values our employees and offers all the benefits of being a market leader. As an employee owner on our team, you will have opportunities for personal and professional growth, as well as the chance to contribute to our ongoing success & rapid growth.


Stellar was founded in 1990 in Garner, Iowa, and has since expanded operations to multiple U.S. locations. Stellar is a 100% employee-owned and operated manufacturer of high-quality work trucks and trailers, as well as service truck and van accessories. Through an innovative, growing product line and an expanding distribution network, Stellar has gained an international presence and become the No. 1 productivity choice in many markets.


Our commitment to building the best equipment requires the best people. If you are passionate about creating quality products in a positive, friendly teamwork atmosphere, we want to hear from you! Apply today and take the first step towards an exciting and rewarding career with Stellar Industries.


Stellar Industries, Inc. is looking for a team member to lead its Purchasing department. This person will be responsible for the strategic direction of the Purchasing department as well as the coordination of the Purchasing team.  


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in buying materials, equipment, machinery, and supplies.
  • Maintains close coordination with Design and Manufacturing Engineering to ensure timely execution of product and services sourcing activities.
  • Secure and analyze quotations and negotiate pricing and terms with suppliers.
  • Interview and confer with current and prospective suppliers to determine supply capabilities.
  • Analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Develop and present metrics regarding market conditions, pricing, supplier on-time delivery, and quality.
  • Develop and communicate material/component forecasts to suppliers.
  • Visit current and potential suppliers’ facilities to qualify them as sources.
  • Lead supplier development initiatives.
  • Participate in projects and continuous improvement processes.
  • Interview and hire staff and oversee staff training.
  • Execute cost savings initiatives to meet annual cost savings goals.
  • Develop operating strategies, plans, or procedures.
  • Complete special projects, assignments, and other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position does have direct supervisor responsibility.


Supervisory Responsibilities

This position does have direct supervisor responsibility.


Work Environment:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment. This position also operates in our manufacturing facilities and is required to follow our safety policies.


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. 


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain or other business related field preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of related experience preferred.


  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite, ERP systems.
  • Knowledge of strategic sourcing methodology and approaches.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate. effectively with managers and employees at all levels.
  • Strong project management and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience in industry procedures, costs, and terms.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently under pressure and react quickly to changing needs of production or customers.
  • Demonstrate the ability to reach logical, responsible, and timely decisions.


  • Results Driven – Ability to think and act strategically to meet business objectives.
  • Be Forward Thinking – Must have the ability to make accurate predictions of the possible needs of our company, as well as outcomes of the actions.  Be proactive and develop contingency plans as part of risk management.
  • Excellent Negotiation Skills – Must be able to negotiate pricing and terms to meet or exceed the company’s goals.
  • Team Player – Every aspect of the supply chain is a group effort.  Treat others with respect and professionalism.
  • Attention to Detail – You will have many responsibilities and you will need to be organized and pay attention to even the smallest of details.
  • Adaptability – No matter how prepared you are, inevitably there will always be unexpected problems that surface: welcome change, make necessary adjustments.
  • Accountability – Things don’t always go according to plan; be willing to take responsibility and learn from mistakes.
  • Good Interpersonal Skills – This job will require you to deal with a wide variety of people – from co-workers to supervisors, to suppliers and clients.  You need to make a good connection with everyone you interact with.  There is no room for miscommunication face-to-face or in written form. 

Additional Requirements:

  • Company sponsored continuing education may be required (including APICS certification and/or Six Sigma)
  • Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected.

Posted on: 2024-05-24 05:30 PM

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