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A.O. Smith Buyer in United States


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Date: May 26, 2023

Location: Lebanon, TN, US, 37090

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and, as a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation is at the center of the trend. We are a $3.8 billion company with 149 years of history and employ more than 12,000 men and women globally. We have sales and distribution in more than 60 countries around the world. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement, not just in its factories and its processes, but in its people.

Recognized by The Tennessean as one of the top Nashville area Workplaces, Lochinvar (a business unit of A. O. Smith) is the leading producer of energy-efficient boilers, water heaters, pool heaters and commercial package systems. We focus solely on serving our customers and have a solution for all your water heating needs, and because of this, have seen double digit company growth 35 of the past 37 years.

Primary Function

This position is responsible for the development and management of supplier relationships that provide the best cost, quality, and delivery of commodities that, in turn, contribute to the growth of the Corporation.


  • Load planning parameters for new purchase parts. Analyze planner messages.

  • Create and release purchase orders and approve invoices from suppliers. .

  • Confirm timely and complete receipts according to production requirements.

  • Measure supplier performance in delivery and quality. Achieve inventory and turns results.

  • Plan, coordinate, and communicate blanket/purchase order releases to support production requirements.

  • Establish input into the system for ordering and invoice payment.

  • Maintain inventory levels to meet inventory turns goals.

  • Measure and monitor supplier performance in areas of on time delivery, cost of poor quality, lead-time, and purchase price variance.

  • Drive root cause analysis and corrective action when suppliers are non-compliant in any area.

  • Conduct legal and ethical business relationships with suppliers.

  • Benchmark leading supply chain practitioners and develop world class practices.

  • Build alliances across departments and c ontinue to develop and/or improve skills vital for business growth.

  • Anticipate and adapt to change.

  • Ensure internal and external customer satisfaction.

  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Management or Finance

  • Related experience can be substituted for a Bachelors degree

  • 1+ year related work experience

  • Ability to communicate effectively and proven track record of team participation success

  • Must be computer literate and proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


Bachelor's Degree in Business Management or Finance

Years of Experience

Minimum of 1 year related work experience

We Offer

Competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville