Job Title:

Senior Purchasing and Inventory Agent - Lumber & Plywood


Harris Leadership Strategies


Winnipeg, MB

Job Reference:


Buhler Furniture Inc. is a North American manufacturer of quality case goods furniture including occasional tables, entertainment units, and curio cabinets. Since 1933, under the leadership of three generations, the company has expanded from a curio cabinet production focus to a bedroom and office furniture creation facility with a large emphasis in the commercial hotel industry. All products are built to the highest standards and durability using only high-grade solid woods and veneers that are known to exceed customer expectations and satisfaction.

The Opportunity

Our client is in search of a Senior Purchasing and Inventory Agent responsible for evaluating, negotiating, and executing all purchasing transactions, with particular emphasis on lumber, plywood, veneers, HPL, fiberboard, and particleboard. Reporting to the President & CEO, the successful candidate will provide superior customer service and leadership as a strong team member in a company with high standards of furnishings.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan, organize, direct, manage and evaluate purchasing activities;
  • Develop specifications, terms and conditions for equipment, materials, supplies and/or services to be purchased;
  • Identify and select qualified vendors of equipment, materials, supplies and/or services and conduct overall supplier management; maintain vendor relationships;
  • Manage the proposal, bidding and negotiation process;
  • Analyze and evaluate the best solution and alternatives to supply challenges;
  • Coordinate with other departments to plan production;
  • Establish and monitor progress of delivery schedules; take corrective action; contact suppliers to resolve problems;
  • Accurately and efficiently process receiving and invoicing paperwork;
  • Monitor, maintain and compile inventory levels and reporting including: physical inventories of manufacturing and maintenance materials, equipment, and other stock on hand; and
  • Provide timely updates and maintenance of raw material pricing, inventory pricing and costing software programs.

Selection Criteria

  • Completed Purchasing Certificate through P.M.A.C., or equivalent education and/or experience required;
  • 5+ years purchasing and inventory experience required;
  • Independent worker with proven leadership abilities; ability to work effectively with keen attention to detail;
  • Strong communication skills, negotiation skills and mathematical skills;
  • Proficient with Microsoft suite of products; working knowledge of ERP/Aptean software is an asset; and
  • Experienced knowledge of lumber, plywood, veneers, HPL, fiberboard, and particle board, including specifications, species, and use and application in the furniture manufacturing industry and North American suppliers.


For more information or to apply in confidence for this exciting opportunity, contact Jayelle Morris at Please send a resume and cover letter quoting project #18105.

Quote Job Reference: 18105

Posted 2017-08-29

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