Purchasing Manager


KHS is a subsidiary of Salzgitter AG. As one of the world's leading manufacturers of filling and packaging systems for beverages and liquid food we are a world-class player. Our customers have trusted in our passionate pioneering spirit and first-class technologies for over 150 years. However, we can only remain world class if we continue to find new employees who make just as high demands of themselves and the quality of their work as our customers make of us at KHS. Are you one of them?

Your Tasks

  • Plan, organize, and control activities related to the procurement function from intent to purchase through receipt of useable goods.
  • Organize, supervise, and direct the work of purchasing agents or buyers whose activities include supplier selection, price negotiations and establishing supplier contracts; coaches and mentors employees to retain talent.
  • Analyze market and delivery conditions to determine present and future availability of needed materials; establish strategies and tactics to assure continuous reliable supply of goods and services.
  • Review market indices, tariffs, and trade publications to insure best price and value for goods.
  • Responsible to ensure supplier contracts are correct on commercial terms, price and item specifics, in alignment with corporate signature authority guidelines; seek guidance and collaborate with legal department on contract conditions.
  • Work with purchasing agents and buyers on procurement strategies, ensuring on time delivery, best cost/value and quality while improving corporate working capital. This requires optimizing inventory turns, rebates and payment discounts.
  • Recruit and develop suppliers; cultivate relationships with suppliers as business partners; assess suppliers’ production and distribution capabilities.
  • Establish Key Performance Indicators to evaluate suppliers on multiple criteria (for example, price, quality, service support, availability, reliability and selection).
  • Collaborate with KHS mechanical, electrical, manufacturing and quality engineers, sales and production on required materials; advise on materials availability, cost savings opportunities and design for manufacturability; minimize or eliminate single sourcing
  • Collaborate with other KHS facilities worldwide to develop procurement strategies and drive cost savings.
  • Establish and maintain purchasing system procedures in accordance with quality system (ISO) standards.

Your Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, or a related field plus five years of senior level purchasing experience in an industrial manufacturing environment. A Masters degree is preferred.
  • Certification of Institute of Supply Management or APICS certification is desired.
  • Proven experience as a Purchasing Manager, Procurement Manager, or in a similar role, demonstrating a strong understanding of procurement best practices and strategies.
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • SAP, proficiency in using procurement software and systems, as well as advanced knowledge of MS Excel
  • In-depth knowledge of contract negotiation, vendor management, and purchasing processes.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to interpret data, analyze market trends, and make data-driven decisions.
  • Excellent negotiation and communication skills, with the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with suppliers and internal stakeholders.


  • In addition to competitive salary, KHS offers medical, dental, vision insurance and participation in a company 401k retirement plan
  • Location: Waukesha ǀ Wisconsin ǀ USA