Career Opportunities

Buyer - Supply Chain Management



Accounting & Finance, Operations
Duluth, GA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024

Collaboration drives Nordson’s success as a market leader in Industrial Precision Solutions and Advanced Technology. Our employees thrive in an environment where we help each other reach our personal best and enable our company to continuously improve and grow, and our customers to succeed. You will find Nordson employees sharing our success by giving back in the communities around the world where we live and work.

Nordson Adhesive Dispensing Systems (ADS) sets the global standard in hot melt machines and dispensing, coating, and laminating systems. Manufacturers rely on our equipment for packaging, product assembly and surface treatment applications. With a leading services and support network, we help our customers worldwide increase manufacturing efficiencies and produce the highest quality products.


  • Responsible for the supplier relationship management (SRM) of all significant direct (production) and indirect (expense) suppliers
  • Maintain current price data, including trends and forecasts for assigned commodities.
  • Maintain supplier delivery and quality performance in accordance with department objectives.
  • Insure dual sources of supply for all critical materials.
  • Provide support to the Engineering team, New Product Development, Engineering projects
  • Establish and monitor data and forecast prices, to ensure accurate business forecasting and costing processes.
  • Contribute ideas and information, ensuring that any activities that are undertaken are in line with, and focused on, common goals.
  • Provide management and interfaced departments with up-to-date product information.
  • Establish and meet savings and performance goals.
  • Report monthly on all routine and significant matters.
  • Liaise closely with other functions and organizations within Nordson to ensure timely and accurate exchange of information.
  • Support any ad hoc projects, as required by the business.
  • Escalate and communicate potential supply problems to the Materials Manager.
  • Ensuring compliance with, and support for, the Nordson Global Supply Chain strategy.
  • Manages to negotiate contracts and payment schedules to maximize cost effectiveness and create win-win solutions.
  • Support the communication and coordination required in New Product Development.
  • Drive Regional strategy execution and ensure cost out projects are implemented in all operations factories on time; Partner with cross functional team to launch new products
  • Ensure Procurement Spend Portfolio spend is leveraged in improved contracts / agreements at lowest possible total cost
  • Continually review supplier markets, develop alternative supply options;
  • Identify and support value-engineering opportunities, cost avoidance and e-commerce solutions
  • Provide support to achieving departmental goals and objectives.


  • Issue and execute Purchase and change orders using approved specifications.
  • Periodically forecast standard costs and advise Management and Accounting of all variance
  • Select sources of supply most advantageous to the corporation. Take all reasonable actions to insure timely. Initiate prompt return and replacement of rejected material.
  • Identify and recommend alternate sources to Management
  • Engineering and Quality Control
  • Review, analyze and consolidate repetitively purchased materials and negotiate improved agreements with suppliers.
  • Monitor the performance of suppliers attached to the commodities or special projects
  • Advise all concerned of significant technological and economic trends and conditions.
  • Management of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and work with other disciplines necessary to achieve same.
  • Prepare monthly report covering all significant and routine accomplishments and problems for manager of Purchasing.
  • Any other reasonable duties which may be required by management from time to time.


  • Bachelor's degree in supply chain management, business, logistics or a related field is preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of purchasing, planning, supply chain, manufacturing or production experience is required.
  • Experience in Lean and or 6 sigma
  • Experience in project management
  • Experience working collaboratively with cross-functional teams in a matrixed organizational structure
  • Demonstrated results in achieving supplier cost reduction targets and accomplishing executable Master Plan Schedules
  • Experience in dealing with global suppliers
  • Commercial understanding of the supply chain and the procurement cycle
  • Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Outlook to an intermediate level.
  • SAP system strongly preferred

    This position will be an onsite role at our John's Creek office.


    Estimated: 10-20%


    Nordson Corporation provides equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees. No person is to be discriminated against in any aspect of the employment relationship due to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of our pre-employment drug screening and background/criminal check, consistent with applicable laws.Third party recruiters and agencies should not contact employees of Nordson or its subsidiaries directly. Any resumes sent to a hiring manager or submitted to Nordson employees are considered unsolicited and property of Nordson. Nordson will not pay a placement fee unless the agency or recruiter has a signed contract with Nordson’s Human Resources department in advance of submitting a candidate for consideration. Verbal and written approvals will not be considered a valid contract for service.