Purchasing Manager

Heico Companies
 Prattville, AL

Manages the Purchasing Department ensuring raw materials, MRO, and services are procured at the best value. Directly supervise one MRO Buyer.


  • Manage purchasing department to include providing objectives, coaching, and guidance to the team. Achieve results by communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring and appraising job results; and coaching and counseling employees.
  • Establish goals and work processes which minimize costs while increasing efficiencies. Reevaluate and improve such processes as necessary. Communicate improvement recommendations to leadership for discussion and possible implementation.
  • Form and maintain strong vendor relations.
  • Solicit vendor quotes, and process purchase orders including entry, maintenance, and close out.
  • Establish and administer cost analysis programs and processes for inventory and support item purchases.
  • Forecast price and market trends to identify changes of balance in buyer-supplier power.
  • Manage the freight requirements for incoming and outgoing freight needs.
  • Perform make vs. buy analysis and provide recommendations for best value.
  • Handle disposition of nonconforming material (scrap, return, repair).
  • Update computer database for purchased inventory items for valuation purposes.
  • Reduce the risk of key supplier dependency.


  • Working conditions are primarily in a climate-controlled, office setting with time often spent in a manufacturing and warehouse environment.
  • Employees are expected to maintain their work area in a neat, clean, orderly, and safe manner.


Core Competencies:

  • Building Effective Teams – Coordinating and leading your team for success.
  • Customer Focus – Understanding who your customer is and their needs.
  • Drive for Results – Identifying key goals and using all available people and resources to get there.
  • Managing Vision and Purpose – Believing in a vision for the organization and enabling others to individually believe the vision too.
  • Motivating Others – Supporting an environment where people want to and can perform their best.
  • Priority Setting – Knowing what comes first.
  • Sizing Up People – Recognizing strong talent and what they bring, or could bring, to the organization.
  • Strategic Agility – Looking to the future and rising to meet it.

Other Competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate, and sustain output from the team.
  • Strong written and verbal communication, interpersonal, leadership, and team building skills.
  • Strong social skills including interpersonal, telephone, and e-mail skills to successfully work and communicate with a variety of personalities.
  • Must be able to maintain a professional, organized, and positive demeanor, even when dealing with difficult issues and challenging situations. Ability to stay calm under pressure and multiple demands.
  • Ability to think and operate on the fly, to assess situations, to weigh options, and to make sound business decisions.
  • Keen understanding of the value of compromise and cooperation.
  • Must take initiative to seek out and resolve issues.


  • Frequent computer use (sitting for extended periods, typing, viewing screen, use of mouse).
  • Limited travel, which may include overnight travel.
  • Able to freely move around the plant and warehouse to observe manufacturing processes and solve problems.


  • Textile or metals purchasing experience for a manufacturing organization is required.
  • Competent keyboarding skills. Proficient in MS Office.
  • ERP and MRP experience in a manufacturing setting.
  • Ability to perform formula level math to solve narrative problems.


  • College degree or equivalent related work experience.


  • At least five years in an industrial environment is required.
  • Prior leadership experience is preferred.
  • A combination of years of experience, advanced education, and industry-specific training and experience may be considered in lieu of the minimum requirements.