Purchased Finished Goods Buyer

Location US-IL-Lake Zurich
# Positions
ACCO Brands Lake Zurich

Position Summary

If you have touched a Five Star® notebook, a Swingline® stapler, a Quartet® dry erase board, a Kensington® computer mouse or a simple box of ACCO paper clips, you have touched part of ACCO Brands Corporation, one of the world's largest suppliers of branded office and consumer products and print finishing solutions.  We have great brands that people in 100 countries all over the world use to stay organized, such as:

AT-A-GLANCE®    Day-Timer®    Five Star®   GBC®    Kensington®    Mead®    Quartet®    Swingline®    Wilson Jones® & others


We need great talent at ACCO Brands, and value different talents, aspirations and views to create a highly motivated, action-oriented atmosphere. Our winning team shares the ACCO Brands Vision of being a company that Achieves, Creates, Collaborates, and Organizes. We have a dynamic and healthy culture that is shaped by leaders and lived by employees at all levels. 


We are seeking a Purchased Finished Goods Buyer to join our team in our team in Lake Zurich, IL or in Sidney, NY. Purchased Finished Goods Buyer is responsible for inventory control aspects of a defined product category to include planning, re-buying, analyzing, and communication. Balancing supply schedules to support forecasted demands and customer orders, while maintaining monthly customer service levels. Buyer position supports daily operations at Purchased Finished Goods suppliers. Manage and purchase finished goods in order to meet service and inventory goals. Maintain supplier schedule, track shipments, and work directly with suppliers on expediting shipments to support business demand.  Lead weekly calls with key suppliers on supplier on-time/complete metrics. Create and run reports to optimize inventory levels and reduce excess inventory.


Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:


  • Maintain uninterrupted supply and inventory of products to meet operating plan objectives (inventory turns, service level, safety stock target levels, and cost goals).
  • Create purchase orders, supplier requirement forecasts, and supplier pre-build strategy for purchased finished goods to meet customer orders
  • Develop and create daily deployment of inventory
  • Coordinate timing of product availability with customer orders and safety stock replenishment
  • Maintain constant coordination with Customer service to highlight issues with supply and order configurations
  • Create Service Report providing detailed recovery dates involving supply issues. Highlight any order issues to customer service.
  • Analyze inbound requirements balancing order quantities and transportation economies (i.e. maintain high container / truck utilizations)
  • Coordinate with Sales and Marketing on new product roll outs and product deletions to optimize through put and minimize excess inventory
  • Develop and maintain supply planning parameters and P.O integrity to ensure system integrity
  • Review excess inventory levels and coordinate activities and strategies to eliminate excess inventory
  • Review SKU stocking strategies and recommend actions to optimize inventory levels
  • Create ad-hoc reports as required to support supply chain activities

Position Qualifications


  • BA/BS degree in business related field required
  • 1+ years of experience in a supply chain function requried
  • Experience purchasing finished goods internationally is preferred
  • Knowledge of distribution/transportation requirement planning preferred
  • Excellent communication and critical thinking skills required
  • ERP system (Oracle, SAP) experience highly preferred
  • Microsoft Excel proficiency required
  • APICS Certification preferred


** This role does not qualify for relocation assistance


Equal Opportunity Employer

ACCO Brands is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The Company provides equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


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