Purchasing Analyst in Hanover, MD at Owens & Minor, Inc.

Date Posted: 10/29/2019

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Job Description

Responsible for generating accurate sales forecast information which will ensure the creation of appropriate purchase orders or transmission of appropriate information to the suppliers.   Responsible for item sales forecasting and making appropriate forecast adjustments as required.  Generate recommendations to Purchasing Manager of customer dedicated additional safety stock.  Responsible for managing a defined set of vendor lines managed across all DC's in the region.  Manage item level SKU replenishment process and all attribute related changes and responds to issues.  Collaborates with Purchasing Coordinators on stock/ non-stock decisions.  Approves purchase orders for respective vendor lines.  Reports to Purchasing Manager.


1.           Review and modify demand forecasts for inventory items using purchasing systems and reporting tools.

2.           Responsible for managing all vendor lines across the region to include incentive programs, vendor minimums, ordering days, item ordering requirements, and others as required.

3.           Review overselling/underselling SKUs on a weekly basis.  Makes adjustments to forecasts as necessary.  

4.           Manages the 'at risk' SKU process.  Requirements include running the reports on a regular basis, making adjustments to sales forecasts, partnering with the purchasing specialist to expedite needed product, review/revise ordering attributes as needed.

5.           Manages item change process to include deletions, sub-rules and unit of measure changes.  Ensures purchasing systems remain in alignment with item attributes.

6.           Collaborates with Purchasing Coordinators on stock/ non-stock decisions. 

7.           Creates and approves purchase orders for respective vendors and ensure orders are transmitted/communicated to Suppliers. 

8.           Initiate/monitor Inter-Branch Transfers (IBT's) in response to critical stock out situations and partial case non-stock orders.

9.           Manages DC inventory spend by approving inventory replenishment PO's across multiple DCs.  Annual spend is approximately $55M average.

10.        Review service level and turns data by Supplier, top service level issue items, and apparent root cause service level reports to identify potential problems and adjust demand forecasts, inventory item ordering rules and Supplier ordering rules as required.



          Performs additional duties as directed.




Four year undergraduate degree, preferred.


          College graduate or 3-5 years equivalent work experience.


A.           Good interpersonal skills

B.           Strong verbal and written communication skills

C.           Exceptional planning and organizational skills

D.           Ability to work independently and as part of a team

E.           Strong analytical skills

F.            Ability to independently seek issue resolution using strong influencing and follow-up skills

G.           PC/Systems skills & knowledge: MS Word, MS Excel, Access, DSS/Business Objects

H.           Customer service oriented


          Computer equipment, telephone equipment, printer, calculator, fax machine, file cabinets, pens, and pencils.


  1. Inside working conditions.

  1. No environmental hazards indicated for this classification



          Light Work:  Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.  Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work.  Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree.  However, if the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.




Acuity near

Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less.


Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken work.  Talking is important for those activities in which workers must impart oral information to clients or to the publics, and in those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.


Perceiving the nature of sounds.  Hearing is important for those activities which require ability to receive detailed information through oral communications, and to make fine discriminations in sound, such as when making fine adjustments on running engines.


        Note: Owens & Minor is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our Company via email, the Internet, or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our Company. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by our Company as a result of the referral or through other means.

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