Job Openings >> Buyer
Location:Chambersburg, PA


About Us
We provide the horticulture industry with innovative eco-friendly products of the highest quality, large selections, a wide distribution network and unsurpassed customer service. We are dedicated to partnering with our customers to help them grow their business by continually investing in product innovation and ecologically responsible practices. Nursery Supplies, Inc. (NSI) helps our customers see “greener” by partnering with them to help them grow their business. We are the only company manufacturing blow molding, injection molding and large-scale thermoforming products dedicated to the nursery industry.

Position Summary
The Buyer supports the manufacturing plant to ensure availability of all quality products and services to maintain production and performance goals at a cost that is economical and beneficial to the Company.  The Buyer is responsible for source selection, recommendation, and all procurement functions directly or indirectly associated with NSI needs for products and services.  The Buyer supports the implementation of programs for supplier selection, supplier performance management, and supply base optimization.


  • Coordinate with manufacturing and other departments and locations to ensure timely delivery of products and services. 
  • Find sources for recycled raw materials to meet quantity requirements/specifications to support production goals.
  • Secure and analyze quotations from current and potential suppliers.
  • Negotiate price and terms of products and services consistent with NSI purchasing practices and procedures.
  • Draft and issue purchase orders, send to vendor/supplier, and follow through to completion.  Ensure appropriate level of communication with internal customer and/or vendor/supplier.
  • Reconcile invoices and identify and resolve discrepancies. 
  • Work closely with Supply Chain Manager relative to strategic sourcing to leverage NSI buying power. 
  • Stay abreast of market trends, market prices, etc. on products and services purchased and make recommendations accordingly. 
  • Confer with current and prospective suppliers to ensure supplier qualification by determining supply capabilities, transportation logistics, capacities/availability, and legitimacy.
  • Partner with internal customers and/or external suppliers to resolve all quality issues.
  • Visit supplier facilities to qualify them as new sources and/or assist in the resolution of production, quality, or delivery issues.     
  • Other duties as required and assigned. 

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • High school diploma, or GED equivalent required; Associate’s preferred. 
  • APICS certification preferred. 
  • Experience with ERP systems such as JD Edwards. 
  • 2+ years of experience in supply chain procurement in a manufacturing environment. 
  • Strong knowledge and skill in using Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint). 
  • Strong math skills and knowledge with the ability to compute inventory quantities and percentages with the ability to analyze and compare cost differences. 
  • Ability to establish relationships with internal and external customers with strong negotiation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, both verbal and written.  
  • Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) a plus.
  • Effective time management and organizational skills with the ability to work in a fast-paced production environment.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 
  • Problem solving skills with the ability to work in pressure situations. 
  • Ability to follow required NSI safety policies and procedures; this includes wearing required personal protection equipment (PPE).

Work Environment
This position works in a standard office environment.  Because NSI is a manufacturing plant environment, the employee may be exposed to extreme temperatures for short periods of time.  The employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles in a manufacturing environment.  The employee may be exposed to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is loud (protective ear and eye wear must be worn at all times while in the plant). 

Physical Requirements
While performing the duties of this job, you will regularly use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear and smell. You will stand; walk; sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. You will occasionally be required to climb or balance. You must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 60 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

This job description indicates in general the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of an incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of an incumbent. An incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.

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