Purchasing Specialist in Columbus, OH at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 9/8/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

At Scotts Miracle-Gro we think people are like plants....in the right place you will grow and flourish. Are you an advocate of making the world a more beautiful place by inspiring others, championing new ideas and being intellectually curious? Are you not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty?  If so, then we want you as part of our Scotts family… the world's largest marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden care products!

We’re looking for a Purchasing Specialist to support our team of Buyers and Procurement Managers at our corporate headquarters in Marysville, OH!

If you enjoy a fast-paced, high energy and seasonal manufacturing environment then you will fit in well as a Purchasing Specialist for Scotts Miracle-Gro.  On a day-to-day basis you will supports three buyers and managers and ~ $350MM of spend. You will provide analytics, reporting, and systems maintenance to enable innovative and strategic sourcing strategies.  In addition, you will be responsible for some minor commodities (less than $20MM of spend) under the close supervision of the Commodity Manager. This includes: supply assurance, sourcing of new components, supplier relationship management, and savings projects.

In this role you will:

  • Resolve invoice issues with A/P and the supplier to ensure accurate and on-time payments
  • Request and manage samples for raw materials
  • Place purchase orders for trial run materials.
  • Develop and manage a RFQ tracking tool.
  • Manage the addition of new suppliers into our system (collect forms, credit, etc)
  • SAP contract creation and changes.
  • Create and manage inventory tracking tools for some key materials
  • Screen potential suppliers.
  • Manage lower risk commodities:  SRM, sourcing, quotes, negotiation.
  • Drive supplier scorecards / ratings on an ongoing basis to measure supplier performance.
  • Identify and gain alignment to pursue new savings / value add opportunities.
  • Support procurement best practices, policies, and procedures.
  • Demonstrate a bias toward action and ability to work autonomously.

The perfect person will have:

  • Bachelors or Associates Degree
  • 2+ years of industry experience.
  • Good communication skills – both oral and written
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and problem-solving skills
  • Team player with the ability to work on cross-functional teams
  • Analytical and strategic thought process

Some other nice to have’s:

  • Experience working on multi-function teams and ability to represent Procurement needs on project teams
  • Procurement experience
  • SAP knowledge
  • Knowledge and previous experience with Google Docs, Google Mail, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

What we do for our associates (just to list a few cool ones):

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage with discounted generic prescriptions and wellness incentive program.
  • Unbelievable 401K match and discounted stock purchasing program.
  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes four employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and Scotts Young Professionals.
  • Generous vacation day policy.
  • Various associate engagement activities throughout the year including intramural sports leagues.


The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG) is the world's largest marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products, with a full range of products for professional horticulture as well. Scotts Miracle-Gro has helped to grow the nearly $7 billion global consumer lawn and garden market through product innovation, industry-leading advertising efforts and its trusted brands.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Scotts, Miracle-Gro, Tom Cat, Ortho, Round Up, Bonnie Plants, Osmocote, Earthgro and Fafard.

Scotts is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

EEO/AA Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.