Associate Buyer

Requisition ID
Manufacturing & Operations
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


Caraustar Industries, Inc. is one of North America’s largest integrated manufacturers of 100% recycled paperboard and converted paperboard products. Caraustar operates more than 85 manufacturing facilities across North America under its Recycling, Mill, Industrial Products and Consumer Products business groups.  The company is a socially responsible corporation, committed to environmentally sound practices and dedicated to providing customers with outstanding value through innovative products and services. Caraustar has developed its leadership position in the industry through diversification and integration from raw materials to finished products. Caraustar serves the four principal recycled boxboard product end-use markets: tubes and cores, folding cartons, gypsum facing paper, and specialty paperboard products.


Position Description:
Caraustar is seeking an individual in our Corporate Centralized Buying Organization to be responsible for processing orders from all Caraustar facilities to external suppliers. The individual will work with requestors to understand requirements including specifications, services, performance and timing. The individual is knowledgeable about national, regional and local contract agreements and assures compliance within their commodities. This person will be responsible for PO placement, PO tracking and expediting, Contract compliance and other duties as assigned.  This will require working directly with operators, functional experts, and the Category Managers to drive the strategy and deliver on the total cost out commitments to the business. 
- Process purchase orders and act as a liaison between the employees of Caraustar and their Suppliers
- Resolve discrepancies and/or issues as they occur during the purchase order cycle
- Follow up with suppliers when orders are beyond requested due date
- Individual works to build a strong partnership within the operating group to help drive process improvements and presents innovative solutions to recurring issues
- Resolves accounts payable discrepancies
- Comply in all respects with the provisions of the Caraustar Standards of Business Conduct Policy.


Job Requirements:
Basic Qualifications/Education:
- Ability to successfully multi-task in a fast-paced environment
- 1+ years of experience in a buyer position within a manufacturing industry
- Motivated individual who is self-directed and detail-oriented with an inquisitive nature and the desire to solve problems
- A  strong work ethic with a positive "can-do" attitude and one who takes pride in the quality of their work
- Proficient in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Excel.
- Strong data entry, written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience with a manufacturing organization a plus.


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