Senior Buyer, Packaging in Marysville, OH at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 11/2/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

We are looking for a Sr. Buyer, Packaging Raw Materials who will join our Scotts team in Marysville, Ohio!

This position will be based at The Scotts Miracle-Gro world headquarters in Marysville, a suburb of Columbus, OH.  Not familiar with Columbus? Visit

This position is responsible for sourcing approximately $75 million/year of various packaging components for multiple Scotts and contract manufacturing facilities at the lowest total cost-of-ownership. He/She will maintain and improve the quality and service levels consistent with The Scotts Company established standards, policies, and procedures. Examples of packaging materials are (but not limited to):  corrugated shippers/materials, pallet bands, cartons, pallets, thermoformed materials, etc. This person will help lead Scotts Supply Chain through strategic sourcing processes, as well as directly negotiating and contracting required volumes.  In addition, this position will be a strategic leader within the Scotts Sourcing Team, helping to guide the Scotts organization through packaging sourcing efforts. This position requires previous purchasing experience and market knowledge relative to commodity purchasing. This person must have excellent interpersonal skills to professionally represent The Scotts Company to various suppliers and external resources, as well as throughout multiple internal departments at all levels of the organization.

What You'll Do In This Role:

  • Develop category strategy linked to operating/strategic plan 

  • Negotiate materials in context of strategic sourcing/operating plan

  • Advise on commodity strategy and corporate policies

  • Develop/review and approve sourcing contracts and implementation strategies

  • Drive cost savings initiatives

  • Determine total cost of ownership for materials procured

  • Adhere to budgetary guidelines

  • Aid in development of the department strategic planning

  • Analyze and detail the environmental factors effecting each product line (economy, industry, company), and identify and develop new market ideas based on analysis

  • Assemble cross-functional Scotts teams to determine current state of packaging components, determine future needs, determine gaps between current state and future state (needs), and develop plan to close those gaps

  • Build and maintain relationships with suppliers

  • Screen potential suppliers

  • Lead evaluation of supplier capabilities, cost structure, risks, and partnership potential to determine supply base

  • Drive supplier relationship management efforts for key suppliers  on an ongoing basis to measure supplier performance and evaluate potential opportunities.

  • Communicate and report supplier evaluations and performance to stakeholders throughout Scotts

  • Travel up to 25%

What You'll Need to be Successful:

  • Bias for Action: Action oriented with a sense of urgency, proactive responses to problems and opportunities

  • Continuous improvement mindset: Emphasis on constantly improving processes, products and services and constantly exploring innovative ways to do the job

  • Advise on category strategy and corporate policies

  • Customer focus: Emphasis on understanding, meeting, and exceeding customer needs and maximizing customer satisfaction

  • Openness to frequent change:  Willingness to consider change and to adapt; modification of job and roles within an organization to adapt to change

  • Participative Management: Encouragement of an environment in which individuals have a sense of ownership and influence over their work

  • Quality Focus: Emphasis on the production of high-quality goods and services

  • Ability to coordinate and organize numerous raw material requirements for multiple plants and contract manufacturing facilities simultaneously, while effectively sourcing suppliers and negotiating contracts for targeted packaging materials.

  • High degree of critical thinking.   Must be able to independently source and evaluate supplier capabilities.  Must be able to make methodical and intelligent decisions relative to strategy and negotiations.

  • Ability to speak the technical language of R&D (and often the vendors) and the business language of the Brands and Purchasing.

  • Solid negotiations skills & computer skills (SAP R/3, MS office programs)

  • International sourcing experience/responsibilities

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

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage.

  • Onsite wellness center which includes: 24,000 sq. ft. fitness center, Walgreens pharmacy and Doctor’s office.

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • Beautiful campus and corporate offices designed like a log cabin offering free coffee, chef run cafe and the best crushed ice!

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

  • 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.

  • 12 SMG paid holiday days and generous vacation policy

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    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.