Senior Buyer, Raw Materials in Marysville, OH at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 9/23/2019

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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 Senior Buyer, Raw Materials, who will join our Supply Chain team in Marysville, OH.

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

Do you get enjoyment from seeing the results of your hard work on shelves at big box retailers and on TV ads? The Senior Buyer is responsible for sourcing approximately $45 million a year of various raw materials for multiple Scotts manufacturing facilities.  They will maintain and improve the quality and service levels consistent with The Scotts Company established standards, policies, and procedures.  Some examples of the sourced materials are:  fertilizers, surfactants, solvents, colorants, micronutrients, natural/organic nutrients, packaging components and specialty chemicals. The Senior Buyer will help lead Scotts Supply Chain through strategic sourcing processes, as well as directly negotiating and contracting required volumes.  In addition, they will be a strategic leader within the Scotts Sourcing Team, helping to guide the Scotts organization through raw material sourcing efforts.

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Develop and execute disciplined sourcing strategies for the Scotts Miracle-Gro brands. 
  • Develop commodity 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 commodities, 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:

  • BS in Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Accounting/Finance, Economics, Logistics,  Business Administration
  • MBA is a plus.
  • 5+ years experience in procurement or related focus
  • Previous purchasing experience and market knowledge relative to commodity purchasing
  • Consumer Products company experience a plus
  • Strong computer skills (SAP R/3, SAP/PLM, MS office/Google programs)
  • Ability to represent Scotts in a professional manner to both internal and external customers

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: 2,400 sq. ft. fitness center, Walgreens pharmacy and Doctor’s office.
  • Beautiful campus and corporate offices designed like a log cabin offering free coffee, chef-run cafe and the best crushed ice!
  • Unbelievable 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.
  • Generous holiday and vacation days.

Not interested in this role? Stay up to date on future opportunities by joining our ScottsMiracle-Gro and Hawthorne Gardening talent networks.

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

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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.