Purchasing Lead

Job Function:

US, IL, Bolingbrook

Innovating since 1905, G&W Electric has grown into a global leader in engineered electrical power grid solutions. Working with us means joining a worldwide team of passionate manufacturing professionals striving to continually improve the technologies the world depends on to deliver safe, reliable electricity. Our culture is focused on employee success, so we foster an entrepreneurial environment that encourages everyone to thrive.

Position Summary:

The Purchasing Team Lead is responsible for the performance, quality, and daily management of their designated Purchasing Team. Organizes and drives resources of the team to achieve procurement of materials to support the production plans and demand forecasts. This role works closely with Commodity Managers to manage supply base.

Primary/Essential Responsibilities:

  • Serves as subject-matter expert for buying team, guiding and directing activities and projects of the team.
  • Directs team of Buyer personnel through daily management to improve material availability and eliminate production shortages, while optimizing inventory on hand.
  • Maintains and executes standard work of established purchasing policies and procedures to assure economic utilization of people and material. Works in conjunction with Purchasing Manager to continuously improve practices.
  • Serves as a first level of escalation for Buyer team or other cross functional personnel for critical issues, decisions, and direction required to perform daily functions.
  • Works with others in the organization to understand material demands and forecast purchase requirements to meet G&W Electric customers and business purchasing demands.
  • Manages and supports Buyers in the execution of supplier development management programs. Manages supplier performance and development, including supplier scorecards maintenance and communication.
  • Partners closes with designated team Commodity Managers to align on forecast, inventory strategy, cost, and utilizes as a second level of escalation when managing existing supply base.
  • Negotiates pricing when applicable, with Commodity Manager’s support. Resolves contract discrepancies, analyzes supplier performance, evaluates current processes, and implements internal improvements and be the first point of escalation from buyer/purchasing team resources.


Team Leader: advises and coordinates team efforts to completion; answers questions functioning as an expert resource; maintains assignment completion schedules. Performs the same tasks as others within the team along with some higher-level tasks.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Purchasing, Supply Chain, Material Management or related field.
  • 8+ years of supply chain management experience in a global manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in a made to order, high mix manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in managing material costs in both favorable and unfavorable commodity price environments.
  • Experience working with strategic sourcing programs, globally.
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally, as needed
  • Excellent oral and written communication; excellent decision making and negotiation skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • APICs, CPIM, or other related professional certification preferred.

Physical Demands / Working Conditions:

  • General Office Environment, PC use
  • Light Lifting (occasional 25 lbs or less)
  • Sitting – frequent
  • Standing, Walking, Bending – occasional

Why join us? G&W enjoys a long reputation for product quality, innovation and world-class customer service to the power industry. We have established this reputation by believing that our greatest asset is our employees. We owe our success to the initiative and talents of highly skilled individuals within our team-based organization. Our goal is to set the standard for customer satisfaction by ensuring a superior level of service, performance and innovation. As a global organization and industry leader, we are committed to cultivating an engaging work environment that embraces our core values and develops our talent. Our continuous focus on growth and innovation means that you become part of a company that provides challenging opportunities, rewards excellence and combines your individual expertise to achieve a higher level of shared success. As part of our organization, you also help power the world!

G&W Electric is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All employees and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

*G&W Electric participates in the E-Verify process for all new hires.

*G&W Electric participa en el proceso de E-Verify con todas las contrataciones nuevas.

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