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Purchasing Manager

Date: Apr 4, 2021

Location: MO, US

Company: Leggett & Platt

Leggett & Platt, Incorporated is a diversified manufacturer that conceives, designs, and produces a broad variety of engineered components and products that can be found in most homes and automobiles. The 134-year-old company with 2017 sales of $4.0 billion, is comprised of 15 business units, 22,000 employee-partners, and 140 manufacturing facilities located in 18 countries.


Leggett & Platt is the leading U.S. manufacturer of a) bedding components; b) automotive seat support and lumbar systems; c) components for home furniture and work furniture; d) carpet cushion; e) adjustable beds; f) high-carbon drawn steel wire; and g) bedding industry machinery.


Adjustable Bed Group:

L&P Adjustable Bed Group is part of the Bedding Segment. We strive to meet the ever-changing requirements of the industry. We manufacture in North America with facilities in the US and Mexico. Through our design and manufacturing we enable individualized comfort in the bedroom – whether asleep or awake – to promote better health and well-being.


The Purchasing Manager at Leggett & Platt is a hands-on position that requires someone to work tactically with a large volume of purchase requirements. This person is responsible for directing and coordinating the activities of the Supply Chain Specialists in the purchasing of direct materials centrally for our 3 plant locations. The focus of this role is to develop a metric-driven cost discipline capability within the company to drive exceptional results and new behaviors in the business. The Purchasing Manager will drive the procurement group in management of third-party suppliers, raw material inventory, and on-time delivery or goods. 


The Purchasing Manager is responsible to manage and mentor a dynamic team of purchasing professionals. This will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Establish measurable performance metrics for internal order placement performance, buyer activity levels, and material shortage elimination
  • Manage material flow to ensure inventory is maintained to the optimum level to support on time customer deliveries
  • Continually monitor on-hand inventory, open orders, and forecast to increase inventory turns
  • Lead the development and implementation of documented processes within the procurement group
  • Drive implementation and reporting progress against procurement goals to senior leadership
  • Support internal collaboration, knowledge sharing, compliance with best practices, and established category management process
  • Help set goals/objectives aligned to business’ goals, coordinate external procurement activities, and monitor KPIs against strategic goals.
  • Support sharing of best practices, internal collaboration, communications knowledge sharing and compliance with procurement processes.


Minimum qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain or Business Management (or a related field)
  • 7-10 years of progressive Procurement and or Inventory Management experience
  • Above average understanding of complex supply chain networks, lead times, materials consolidation, and freight costs
  • Ability to effectively work with manufacturing partners to ensure production goals are met
  • Proven track record of working with multiple stakeholders (e.g. business units, functions and regions) to deliver results in a highly matrixed organization
  • Strong business and financial acumen


Additional Desired Leadership Characteristics

  • Drive for results
  • Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Action oriented / perseverant
  • Enjoys working hard; not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning; seizes more opportunities than others
  • Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; seldom gives up, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.
  • Able to deal with ambiguity
  • Effective at establishing and maintaining peer relationships
  • Can quickly find common ground and solve problems for the good of all; can represent their own interests and yet be fair to other groups; can solve problems with peers with a minimum of noise; is seen as a team player and is cooperative; easily gains trust and support of peers; encourages collaboration; can be candid with peers
  • Knows how to elicit the best in others whether direct or indirect reports and peers; provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments; provides candid, actionable feedback and helps others to design and execute developmental plans
  • Is cool under pressure; does not become defensive or irritated when times are tough; is considered mature; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; doesn’t show frustration when resisted or blocked; is a settling influence in a crisis


Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veteran/Disability Employer