Packaging Buyer

Date: Jul 9, 2024

Location: Cartersville, US

Company: Döhler Group



The Packaging Buyer is responsible for negotiating pricing, contract terms, lead times, and other associated details for all primary & secondary packaging and related equipment and services. 

This is not a remote position, it is based in our Cartersville, GA facility.

The Packaging Buyer establishes suppliers for materials and services, including alternate suppliers, of current and new items. This Buyer must maintain competitive total cost while ensuring continued quality and service  levels. The Buyer will contribute to the US Sourcing Team by successfully meeting and exceeding global company performance objectives.


Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Negotiates pricing, terms, lead times, etc. for materials and services and other assets as assigned by the Team-Lead Sourcing.
  2. Negotiates contracts and agreements with suppliers as appropriate, ensuring best quality, service, and lowest total cost.
  3. Working closely with Production Planning, ensures that adequate inventories are maintained  to ensure that no stockouts occur due to lack of materials.
  4. Enters executed and authorized contracts and cost updates into SAP and other designated systems.
  5. Supports global initiatives relevant to the packaging spend category.
  6. Tracks vendor delivery and quality performance for vendor evaluation.
  7. Meets with vendors to assess quality, capabilities, and reliability of the suppliers and maintains vendor relationships. Conducts vendor audits in support of Quality.
  8. Works with relevant internal stakeholders to determine needs and opportunities.
  9. Places purchase orders with vendors for raw materials and packaging as required.
  10. Supports the Operations team with  effective purchasing support and follow up of deliveries.
  11. Manages GRAs (Return Goods Authorizations) and SAP Quality notifications as necessary.
  12. Contacts vendors concerning  open purchases and/or information pertinent to operations.
  13. Ensures that contracts are executed with prior legal review and executive approval.
  14. Obtains competitive pricing and selects appropriate vendors consistent with accepted buying practices and in conjunction with applicable Global initiatives.
  15. Keeps abreast of market conditions and advises management of  current trends. Recommends strategic purchasing activities when dictated by market trends.
  16. Arranges shipment logistics with vendors and internal stakeholders to achieve the best arrival date and delivered pricing.
  17. Sources samples and documentation from competitive vendors in search of best quality, price, and product availability.
  18. Identifies and resolves any invoice issues.
  19. Active participant in new product introductions, fully supporting all aspects of finished product packaging meets customer specifications and timelines.
  20. Ensures approval of new vendor supplied packaging designs from internal stakeholders, records approvals, and maintains a database and samples of packaging variants.


  • Cost savings
  • Supplier delivery and quality reliability
  • Conduct root cause analysis for supplier performance issues, drive corrective and preventive actions.
  • Provide first line of communication with assigned suppliers and internal stakeholders
  • Provide analysis and recommendations for continuous improvement initiatives for locally sourced materials and services.
  • Provide reports to monitor spend, identify trends and opportunities, and aid in supplier performance activities.
  • Work closely with the internal clients and suppliers to reduce associated risks.
  • Manage supplier relationships to ensure alignment with Sourcing policies.


Supervisory Responsibility

None at this time


Work Environment
This position operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers and fax machines. This position is occasionally exposed to loud, wet, warm, humid and cold temperatures.


Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and sit. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position with regular office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hours may vary on occasion depending on work load.




Required Qualifications

  1. 5+ years’ experience in purchasing and negotiation, preferably focused on packaging
  2. SAP experience
  3. Associates degree minimum education


Preferred Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2. SAP Ariba knowledge and experience


Safety/ Food Safety:

Döhler USA, Inc. is committed to providing a safe and secure work environment for all employees.  It is the duty of all employees to ensure that a safe working environment and safe working practices are maintained at all times.  It is also the responsibility of management to do so.

Employee  should Comply with all policies and procedures, including safety, food safety/security and GMPs. 

Employee should report any unsafe conditions immediately to supervisor or designated party.


AAP/EEO Statement
Döhler USA, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Döhler USA, Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Döhler USA, Inc. expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Döhler USA, Inc.’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.


Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.