MSC Industrial Supply Co. In-Plant Site Buyer (Arden, NC location) in Greenville, South Carolina

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Requisition ID : 2258

Employment Type : Full Time

Job Category : Supply Chain Operations

Work Location : Greenville, SC

State or Province : South Carolina (US-SC)

Potential Work Location : United States : South Carolina : Greenville

This role works on-site in Arden, NC and reports to the MSC branch in Greenville, SC


This Site Buyer supports an In-Plant location and their assigned Site Manager as an onsite buyer. This role manages quotes, processes orders, manages procurement, expedites orders, provides product substitutes and offers standardization opportunities; and delivers cost-savings through tactical negotiation and sourcing. This role combines the competencies of distribution and professional procurement (just as integrated supply is the outsourcing of supply chain functions to a distributor). Key competencies include supplier management, cost savings process, customer service, and inventory management. Goals are to retain and grow established business, provide stability and guidance to the onsite staff.


  • Provides direct supervision, mentoring, and supply chain guidance to in-plant associates located at the manager’s assigned site location.

  • Manages assigned plant executive relationships.

  • Manages key supply chain service level metrics, such as cost savings and inventory fill rates, in order to retain and grow established integrated supply business within the region.

  • Actively participates in the sourcing of products not available through MSC as well as the supplier relationship management of second tier supplier partners.

  • Provide weekly communications to their assigned Regional Onsite Manager and the associated Account Manager, document weekly communications with the client’s site champion, and document monthly progress and performance reviews with the client’s site champion and plant executives.

  • Provide guidance, process management, and regular client reporting around all cost savings procedures, savings attainment, and service level metrics.

  • Identify and realize opportunities for expanded spend management within their assigned site.

  • Review purchasing history for compliance with established sourcing strategies.

  • Enter Corrective Action Reports (CARs) for resolution as conditions warrant, and review any open CARs or issues with client’s site champion weekly.

  • Review onsite inventory for optimization opportunities at least twice per year.

  • Fosters the MSC Culture in the department and throughout the company to ensure fulfillment of MSC’s vision and unity of purpose.

  • Participates in special projects and performs additional duties as required.


  • Successful candidates will either have a Bachelor’s Degree (in a business or supply chain related field) and a minimum of four years’ relevant experience (including integrated supply, distribution, and/or indirect materials management for a large manufacturer) OR a minimum of 8 years’ relevant experience as described.

  • Must have demonstrated ability to manage their own work and clients in a high tempo manufacturing environment.


  • Plant-level executive relationship management, third party supplier management, indirect materials cost savings process expertise, personnel management, expertise with multiple supply chain platforms (SAP, JDE, Maximo, EAM, Cribmaster, Tofino, etc.), customer service, and inventory management.

  • Demonstrated product and application knowledge regarding industrial use MROP products, including any of various MROP categories such as perishable tooling, general industrial, electrical, power transmission (PTB), pipe valves & fittings (PVF), fluid power, electronics, automation, and/or safety.

  • General knowledge of the sourcing and market participants for all MRO categories.


  • A valid driver’s license and availability to respond to off-shift emergency supply chain issues.


People. Collaboration. Insight. That’s how you build something that works.

Built on a foundation of trust, MSC works side by side with our customers to help them drive business results. With more than one million product offerings and 75+ years of experience across industries, MSC strives to help our customers achieve greater productivity, profitability, and growth through inventory management and other innovative supply chain solutions.

As one of America’s Best Large Employers (named in 2017 by Forbes magazine), we care about our associates and have programs in place to help our 6,000+ team members achieve their potential. When you join our team, you will receive rewards and recognition for your contributions, training and professional development opportunities, as well as a variety of benefits to support you and your family's health, well-being, and financial future.

If you are inspired to learn, take risks, and succeed as a team, you can build a better career at MSC.

Equal Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity.