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Purchasing Agent


Purchasing Agent ( wood products manufacturing )--Grayling, MI

ARAUCO is a global manufacturer of sustainably-produced forest product solutions for construction, industrial, and retail markets. With over 120 facilities worldwide, we manufacture and distribute the industry’s most-comprehensive selection of wood composite panels, premium plywood, millwork, lumber, and FSC-certified wood pulp.

ARAUCO is growing in North America, with innovative manufacturing, state-of-the-art facilities, and a commitment to make a difference in the communities where we are located. We are seeking the right individuals for high-caliber opportunities in manufacturing, supply chain, maintenance, safety, and other related fields. This is a direct-hire role with benefits. We look forward to considering you as part of our team at ARAUCO!


Purchasing Agent (wood products manufacturing)—Grayling, MI


Arauco is a worldwide company that manufactures composite wood panels. Arauco manufactures several different product lines, consisting of particleboard and MDF products.  Arauco has locations across USA, Canada, South America, and Europe. Our products are sold to commercial companies and retailers across the world. This is a direct – hire role with benefits. We look forward to considering you as part of our team at Arauco!




Efficiently arrange the supply of goods and services required to effectively support a wide range of needs throughout the site(s), with focus on continuous improvement of processes and the use of related tools, reliability of the mill, and sound cost management in all transactions within the guidelines of GAAP and approved Purchasing Policies




  • •Manages the Inventory Changes with a cross functional approach.
  • •Provides coaching to individuals (Storeroom technicians, Planners, etc.) on expectations relating to Purchasing, Storeroom procedures and Inventory management.  May participate in performance feedback for other staff.
  • •Works with storeroom to ensure adequate inventory levels.
  • •Procuring best value for the business in all goods, services, and transportation transactions.
  • •Ownership of the PO process. Ensures timely processing and strict accuracy of all transactions including system generated transactions, customer requirements, tax implications, expediting, etc.
  • •Monitor frequency of purchases and recommend possible options to increase effectiveness of purchasing efforts
  • •Uses known concepts in recommending and making buying decisions.
  • •Responsible for supplier selection, negotiating, developing & maintaining entrusted supplier relationships, monitoring & managing supplier performance.
  • •Coaches cross-functionally regarding sound purchasing practices.
  • •Perform month end preparation tasks, review and reconciliation.
  • •Support and drive continuous improvement
  • •Provides internal customers and suppliers with timely and accurate information
  • •Maintain contractor compliance requirements
  • •Participate in the development of area SOP’s (standard operating procedures)





  • Post-secondary education in a business field, or minimum of 3+ years of experience in a Manufacturing Purchasing setting, or an acceptable combination of education and experience
  • Holds a Certificate in Purchasing or shows evidence of continued education in the Supply Chain Management field is preferred.
  • A high degree of problem solving and analytical skills required, embraces a multi-functional approach to addressing problems
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in a professional manner.
  • Ability to independently plan, organize, and manage multiple projects/tasks/priorities with close attention to detail
  • Demonstrated good working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated CMMS (computerized maintenance management system) experience. SAP is a great plus.







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Arauco North America is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment of women, minorities, qualified individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.

Nearest Major Market: Northern Michigan

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