Commodity Buyer

Bloomington, MN
Apr 29, 2021
May 29, 2021
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

At the Toro Company's corporate headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota we pride ourselves in being an industry leader for outdoor environment products. These markets include turf and landscape maintenance, snow and ice management, underground utility, specialty construction, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. Our teams at this location take pride in being on the cutting edge of creating innovative products while partnering with world-class employees that bring passion to their everyday work. This is a location that truly values its employees with upward career mobility and advancement opportunities.

We invite you to become part of our team!

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage the relationship and performance of assigned suppliers in coordination with commodity manager and supplier quality engineer.

  • Analyze quote packages from suppliers using the TCO model with the support of the commodity team to select the appropriate supplier.

  • Issue Purchase Orders

  • Reconcile the purchase price variance on monthly basis between projected and actual spend. Identify root cause for variances and improve controls to minimize those.

  • Implement productivity improvement projects for assigned commodity working in conjunction with the commodity manager.

  • Implement projects aimed at rationalizing supply base and consolidating spend while managing risk.

  • Support manufacturing plants by managing expedites with suppliers. Improve delivery performance of the supply base. Reduce lead time for assigned suppliers using lean methods. Support implementation of inventory management systems like VMI (Vendor Manager Inventory) & Kanban in coordination with manufacturing plants.

  • Manage negotiations with small-spend suppliers, support Commodity Manager in negotiations with high-spend vendors, and recover warranty and rework costs from suppliers.

  • As a key member of the (SCT) Strategic Commodity Team, coordinate periodic meetings. These meetings are the framework to formulate commodity strategies and to track progress in implementation of those strategies.

  • Support commodity manager in effective risk management.

  • Resolve invoice discrepancies and authorize payment on invoice holds as appropriate.

  • Provide information to production buyers in such a way that production buyers can perform transactions effectively and responsively.

  • Manage Deviation from Specification (DFS) requests for suppliers with support of Operations Buyers as needed.

  • All other tasks and projects as assigned.

Job Dimensions

  • Typical office environment as it pertains to lighting, temperature, and noise level when in administrative / operations offices.

  • May be able to work remotely

  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and mouse, and to handle other computer components.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferred in Supply Chain Management, Operations or Engineering

  • Minimum of three (3) years purchasing experience

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to effectively and diplomatically interact with and meet customer needs (internal and external)

  • Highly self-motivated, ability to work under pressure, manage and prioritize multiple objective concurrently, attend to details, and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment

  • Proven ability to analyze situations and accurately take effective actions

  • Excellent computer skills including Excel, Word and SAP

  • Ability to maintain composure during high stress situations, remaining focused on the ultimate objective

  • Capacity to work independently as well as within a team-oriented, collaborative environment

  • Understanding of manufacturing processes, cost drivers, and market dynamics for assigned commodities

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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