Pilot Rock RJ Thomas Mfg. Co.

Purchasing Agent

Purchasing Agent
RJ Thomas Mfg. Co.
Cherokee, Iowa

RJ Thomas Mfg. Co., Inc. is the manufacturer of Pilot Rock® brand park equipment and is located in northwest Iowa. We are looking for a Purchasing Agent that is friendly, detail oriented, self-motivated, and has a history of working with vendors and suppliers. Manufacturing experience and knowledge of fastener and steel products with separate you from other candidates. This is a full-time day shift position. The Purchasing Agent will purchase goods and services according to departmental and organizational policies and procedures.

RJ Thomas Mfg. offers its employees a competitive total rewards package including competitive wages, paid vacation & holidays, health, vision, dental insurance, annual bonus, flex spending account and retirement plan.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Purchases goods and services according to the company’s policies and procedures.
  • Provides quoting support or custom fabrication requests.
  • Coordinates with managers to maintain inventory levels.
  • Evaluates vendors based on price, reliability, capability, and previous transaction history.
  • Works with vendors to negotiate volume, cash transaction, and other available discounts.
  • Ensures that purchasing documents are complete and accurate, with appropriate and reasonable terms and conditions.
  • Maintains pricing histories and other vendor records.
  • Interacts with vendors/customers via telephone, email, online chat, or in person to provide support and information on products or services.
  • Collects and enters orders for new or additional products or services.
  • Maintains customer accounts and records of interactions with details of inquiries.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 

Skills & Proficiencies:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with proven negotiation skills.
  • Thorough understanding of purchasing procedures and policies.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including active listening.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.  
  • Must be able to access all areas of the facility to determine purchasing needs.
  • May require travel.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred.
  • At least two years of purchasing experience.

Pre-employment drug screening and back evaluation required

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