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Lumber Buyer

Department: US LBM Procurement

US LBM is excited to be looking for a Lumber Buyer to join our Southeast Team.


The US LBM Regional Lumber Buyer assists and supports the Director of Purchasing for Commodities and the Regional VP Operations by coordinating large lumber contract negotiations with key lumber mills, organizing and conducting regional spot and block buys, coordinating forward pricing to protect long term customer contracts, communicating status of the fast-paced lumber commodity market to key stakeholders and monitoring commodity related working capital performance for the divisions. 


Essential Job Duties:

  1. Manages the annual lumber contract RFP process for its region; monitors signed lumber agreements in conjunction with other regions to make sure goals are being met
  2. Procures commodity lumber products for regional divisions
  3. Builds and maintains relationships with strategic lumber partners
  4. Develops new sources of supply by educating vendors on the size, scope and buying power of US LBM
  5. Conducts joint supplier/division business plan meetings to facilitate achievement of objectives
  6. Provides guidance for division presidents and sales managers on direction of the lumber market
  7. Communicates new product opportunities to the divisions
  8. Develops and negotiates new discount, rebate and VMI programs for US LBM and divisions
  9. Mitigates issues between suppliers and divisions
  10. Travels when needed to suppliers or divisions
  11. Coordinates and conducts block buys and spot buys
  12. Coordinates and conducts forward pricing for the divisions to protect long term customer contracts
  13. Advises division buyers regarding strategic trade opportunities
  14. Performs other duties and assignments as requested
  15. Complies with company safety, attendance and ethics guidelines


Measure Activities:

  1. Measures and tracks savings from block buy, spot buy, invoice and risk management opportunities
  2. Measures and tracks performance toward business objectives with strategic lumber partners
  3. Measures and tracks appropriate vendor performance such as on-time delivery, cull rates, etc.
  4. Maintains year-over-year supplier savings and performance metrics


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Required experience —5 years of purchasing, inventory control or supply chain experience, prefer extensive knowledge of lumber market and commodity trading
  2. Special skills required— Use of calculators and computers, understanding of stocking, inventory control and warehousing principles, excellent communication and negotiating skills, and understanding contracts and terms of purchase.
  3. Physical demands include sitting for extended periods of time, standing and walking, bending or stooping, lifting up to 25 pounds frequently and up to 50 pounds occasionally.
  4. Travel up to 25%

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