Purchasing Agent in Manchester, TN

Metro Services is immediately hiring a Purchasing Agent (Buyer) for an Automotive Company in Manchester, TN - The successful candidate must have experience in purchasing raw materials. Apply now!

Job Type: Direct
Hours: Full Time
Required Years of Experience: 3-5 years

Job Responsibilities

  • Enter updated purchase orders and blanket purchase orders in the system to ensure the most current information is available and obtain required approvals on all blanket orders.
  • Satisfy spot-buy requirements as needed.
  • Maintain a system for all purchasing documents required to monitor both inventory and expense PO’s due or on order.
  • Review part/raw material setups on an ongoing basis to proactively maintain required inventory levels.
  • Ensure that purchasing files and computer system files are kept up to date by maintaining current supplier info, part info, info sheets, etc.
  • Monitor orders and requirements to ensure on-time delivery of raw materials, purchased parts, and outsourced materials to coincide with production requirements and notify/update required parties.
  • Provide suppliers with updated sales forecast info.
  • Market test all suppliers/parts to ensure accurate market conditions relating to pricing and quality.
  • Update approved supplier list to ensure up-to-date and accurate information and maintain a database on all suppliers (i.e. address, phone number, contacts, and contract information).
  • Handle and coordinate resolution of all plant purchasing issues and assist on direct material and supplier issues.
  • Source all new raw materials, purchased components, and outsourced activities for all new programs, and support Engineering on vendor negotiations (i.e. pricing, terms, etc.)
  • with new equipment, tooling, and fixtures.
  • Work with engineering and APQP team on new programs to ensure quality and timing are met.
  • Identify and implement cost reductions, cost avoidance, and obtaining improved sources of supply in the CI program.
  • Work with Engineering on Eng. Changes and APQP Teams on new programs to ensure quality and timing are met.
  • Assist department when Purchasing Manager is on vacation through enforcement of current procedures.
  • Review purchased part shortages on an ongoing basis to proactively maintain required inventory levels.
  • Keep release files up-to-date and send daily/weekly revised releases to suppliers as required.
  • Analyze inventory levels to optimize inventory turns.
  • Coordinate all outsourcing activities.
  • Review RPS weekly when MRP is run.
  • Work directly with suppliers to ensure releases are understood and confirmed to a level of mutual satisfaction.
  • Work with Corporate Global Supply Chain and Logistics organization personnel as appropriate.
  • Share inventory control accountability with the entire Materials Department.
  • Any other reasonable request made by Management.
  • Ensures he/she is in full compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws while representing KVRW or during the use of and KVRW provided equipment.


Core Competencies

  • Communication, Customer Orientation, Passion for Excellence, Willingness to Learn

Position Competencies

  • Teamwork, Initiative and Drive, Persuasiveness, Planning, and Organization


  • Understanding and use of relevant KAPS methods and tools in all processes, and adherence to applicable KAPS standards.
  • Understanding and use of the applicable Shopfloor and Office Management pillars and standards, and active participation in all applicable Shopfloor and Office Management meetings and activities.
  • Understanding and use of the company Behaviors in the daily relationship with other colleagues, customers, and suppliers.
  • Understanding, support, and participation in all tasks, training, and development topics that will drive the company towards Lean Excellence.


All employees are responsible for:

  • Complying with the company and legal requirements, following safe work practices, and contributing to a positive health and safety culture.
  • Identifying, communicating, and correcting hazards within their ability and authority to protect themselves, co-workers, or other persons at the facility.
  • Taking positive steps to achieve a state of health consistent with the demands of his/her occupation.


  • Employees within the areas of Engineering, Quality, Sales, and Production
  • Suppliers of raw material, components, and outsourcing
  • Members of Senior Management and corporate purchasing
  • Equipment, tooling, and fixture vendors and suppliers
  • Transportation Companies

Compensation (USD):
$75k - $85k (experience dependent)

Monday to Friday
6 a.m. - 3 p.m.
MUST be able to on work weekends if needed


  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Term-Life &
  • Short Term Disability

Successful candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 3-5 years of automotive experience with 3 years of experience in purchasing raw materials
  • College graduate with job-related courses or equivalent work-related experience
  • MUST be able to work on weekends if needed


  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to collect, analyze and synthesize information and determine the best course of action
  • Effective use of negotiation skills when dealing with suppliers
  • Ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision
  • Good understanding of blueprint reading
  • Computer skills, e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MRP systems


  • Sound knowledge of the automotive industry
  • Very good understanding of raw material and its components


  • Sourcing out high quality and cost-effective suppliers
  • Deciding course of action involving both Production and supplier when faced with a shortage supply of raw material
  • Determining the applicability of a standard component on new programs
  • Reviewing costs associated with materials and manufacturing


  • Managing the order request and delivery of all raw materials to ensure accuracy and quality of material received
  • Accountable for meeting budget costs for each program
  • On-time delivery performance of Suppliers
  • Inventory levels of raw materials, purchased parts, and outsourced components
  • Employee participation in the ideas program

Apply Now!

For more information, stop by or call TODAY!

Metro Manchester:
2081 Hillsboro Boulevard
Manchester, TN 37355

Call: (931) 723-7810

Hours of operations:
Monday to Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday and Sunday: Closed