Junior Buyer - CP Kelco

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Date: Sep 11, 2023

Location: Okmulgee, OK, US

Company: JM Huber Corporation

Portfolio Business: CP Kelco 

CP Kelco is a leading producer of specialty ingredients which are added to improve texture, consistency, and stability in food, pharmaceutical and industrial products. Our products are derived from renewable raw materials found in nature for use in jam, fruit and milk drinks, confectionery products as well as industrial applications. We work across the whole value chain from natural raw materials to customers’ end products. CP Kelco is part of the JM Huber Corporation, one of the largest privately held, family owned companies in the United States.  With approximately $3 billion in sales and 4,000 employees worldwide, we have a combined material presence in more than 20 countries.

Position Summary

As the Junior Buyer you will be responsible for facilitating the procurement and distribution of company equipment, supplies and services. Candidates for this position need a knowledge of purchasing procedures and policies. This position requires considerable contact with various company personnel, vendors and business representatives. 


  • Ensures data accuracy through scheduled audits and reporting
  • Properly maintain master data for purchasing and inventory but not limited to vendor master, material information records, source lists and MRP.
  • Analyze price and consumption data to accurately report tending and optimize inventory settings.
  • Actively engage in learning MRO BOM and usage to material data accuracy.
  • Enforcing master data requirements with suppliers, and holding other departments accountable for accurate data.
  • Actively manage Material Master and data governance activities, such as daily maintenance requests as well as data clean up  efforts.
  • Facilitate problem solving and develop action plans to address performance issues and achieve key performance indicator goals
  • Cooperate in the implementing of departmental programs, objectives and policies consistent with company practices and objectives under the direction and supervision of purchasing group leader
  • Emphasis is always placed upon adherence to sound principles of economic buying, while still satisfying management and other department in the process
  • Assume responsibility for establish and maintaining beneficial company relationships with multiple source vendors who can meet our requirements regarding price, quality, delivery and reliability
  • Informs others concerning actual and/or potential suppliers; investigates and visits vendors’ facilities and remains up-to-date on new materials, equipment and developments as is deemed advisable
  • Insures that vendor representatives receive fair and impartial reception and treatment
  • Arranges and attends meeting between vendor representatives and company personnel
  • Collaborates with plant personnel to obtain lowest costs on purchase items by modification and/or standardization of specifications, better ordering techniques, increased cash discounts, better terms, lead time, etc.
  • Encourages broad interest and activity in profit and/or product improvement
  • Keeps informed with respect to market changes and supply conditions, keeping all interested parties advised regarding market trends of supply, prices and delivery as changes occur
  • Recommends when it would be advantageous to go either long or short of a commodity in respect to normal commitment practice
  • Responsible for all phases of purchase, including follow-up and delivery, as is consistent with good judgment
  • Prepares and issues purchase orders based on properly approved purchase requisitions as provided by the requisition approval chart as authority to do so is delegated
  • Maintains listing of approved vendors and records of purchases, prices and terms of purchases
  • Expedite orders when required
  • Serve as a backup to the purchasing manager backup when the manager is out of the office, traveling or unavailable 
  • Assist purchasing manager with capital project responsibilities  
  • May be required to meet with vendors away from normal place of business 



  • B.A. or B.S. degree is preferred but will accept Associates Degree
  • Knowledge of MRO stations, parts and inventory.
  • Exposure to the business functions of a manufacturing enterprise from operations, finance, supply chain or business analysis perspective.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel, data extraction and analysis and IT technical skills.
  • Ability to effectively communicate (written, verbal, presentation skills) at multiple levels
  • Attention to detail and accuracy; strong critical self review skills.
  • Self motivated, flexible, with the ability to deal with high levels of complexity, change and evolving processes, often on short notice.
  • Proven experience in creating a culture of accountability and creating a high performance culture
  • Demonstrated team building, leadership, employee development and conflict resolution skills 
  • Continuous improvement experience
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, and execute effectively
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously under various deadlines
  • Strong customer service skills 
  • Six Sigma or lean manufacturing experience is preferred
  • Working knowledge and experience with larger ERP (SAP) MRP systems
  • Demonstrated leadership in driving a high personal safety culture 

J.M. Huber Corporation is an EEO/AAP employer. Pre-employment drug screening is required.


Nearest Major Market: Tulsa
Nearest Secondary Market: Oklahoma