Compass Minerals - Goderich, ON (30+ days ago)

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Compass Minerals is a leading provider of essential minerals that solve nature's challenges, including salt for winter roadway safety and other consumer, industrial and agricultural uses, and specialty plant nutrition minerals that improve the quality and yield of crops. The company produces its minerals at locations throughout the U.S. and Canada and in the U.K. Though the company’s history stretches back as far as 1844, Compass Minerals became a public company in December 2003. The company is part of the S&P MidCap 400 Index, the Russell 1000 Index and was included in Fortune magazine’s 2010 listing of the “100 Fastest-Growing Companies.” Named one of Forbes’ 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America in 2015 and 2016, Compass Minerals’ mission is to be the best essential minerals company by delivering where and when it matters.

This position is primarily responsible for effectively sourcing, negotiating and contracting an uninterrupted supply of MRO materials, primarily non inventory and stock inventory items. Position will also assist in purchasing special project/capital materials and have a high degree of inventory systems work. The position will also assist the department manager with the monitoring of performance of suppliers, continuous cost improvement, process improvement, safety, training and work activities related to the operation with an emphasis on controlling costs, total cost of ownership and inventory systems proficiency.

This position would directly report to Purchasing / Stores Manager.

Effective purchasing of stock inventory, non-stock material and services and project/capital material and services, ensuring appropriate sourcing, negotiations and contract development and documentation.
Ensure compliance with corporate supply contracts on MRO purchasing, including loading of contract pricing into the system to permit automated release of contracted inventory items. Ensure site policies, procedures and government regulations are adhered to, including WSIB, liability insurance and WHMIS.
Follow up and resolve with Accounts Payable any invoice discrepancies, ensuring costs in the system are accurate.
Analyze inventory levels on stock items and purchases replacement items as required and per established purchasing standards, best practices and production requirements; adjust reorder levels to reflect current usage and effective inventory management. Setup new item numbers as required. Manage obsolete items as required.
Setup and manage consignment and committed inventory agreements with suppliers to ensure accuracy and availability.
Selects vendors, assesses vendor capabilities, develops alternative sources and evaluates vendor performance. Negotiate price and delivery on purchased goods and services as required. Assist and monitors alliance/contract price agreements. Negotiation and settlement of warranty claims.
Work with customs brokers on complete and accurate cross-border shipments.
Assures that open purchase orders are tracked, followed up on and expedited as needed; actively engaged in realizing, capturing and reporting cost savings opportunities.
Issues purchase orders and maintain positive supplier relations. Work proactively with internal and external customer to maintain high level of confidence and working relationships; work with maintenance, engineering and operations in quoting and sourcing non stock needs.
Assist manager in contract preparation and/or review. Maintain blanket services agreements.
Participate in career enhancement programs to attain/maintain professional level buying skills.
Attend monthly safety meetings.


Required: Associates Degree, preferably in Business
Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Business
Certification requirements: CPP, CPM or equivalent preferred or additional related work experience.

5 Years of purchasing experience including sourcing, contract development and negotiations

Good understanding of Microsoft Outlook, Office applications and Internet; Peoplesoft JD Edwards EAM system experience is a plus.
Good communication skills, works well with others at all levels of management, internal customers and suppliers.
Leadership; ability to work with little supervision, adaptable to change in demand and priorities able to recommend and implement process change and improvements.
Inventory operations; general parts or mechanical knowledge a plus. Heavy industrial experience a plus. Mining experience a plus.

Compass Minerals is an equal opportunity employer that hires and promotes the best candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, or veteran status.
If interested and qualified, please apply online at

Primary Location: CA-CA-Goderich
Work Locations: Goderich Mine, ON CAN 300 North Harbour Road W Goderich N7A 3Y9
Job: Logistics
Organization: Salt
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Job Type: Full-time
Day Job
Job Posting: Oct 30, 2019, 3:01:56 PM