Job Title: Corporate Buyer

Location: Vernon Hills, IL

Department: Purchasing

Reports To: Supervisor, Purchasing

Direct Reports/Manages others: No

Hybrid Schedule: Our hybrid work environment includes two (2) remote days/week.

Rust-Oleum Corporation is a worldwide leader in protective paints and coatings for both home and industry.

We offer a wide range of products including decorative fashion paints, durable industrial roof repair coatings and, of course, our famous rust-fighting formula that started it all.


As our Corporate Buyer, you're there to analyze material requirements, previous purchases and forecast reports to determine the needs of a fast paced organization.

Use the current optimization process to procure finished goods, raw materials, and components for use in paint or paint-related materials.

Contribute to continuous improvement culture by developing Subject Matter Expertise for certain processes within Purchasing.


  • Plan and purchase finished goods, raw materials, and components by analyzing MRP and forecast reports to determine optimal order quantity and date required.
  • Review daily exception messages generated by MRP system and maintain the optimization process for all finished goods, raw materials, and components with respective MRP group.
  • Maintain vendor relationships by following up on delivery dates, reconciling invoicing issues, and dealing with quality issues.
  • Support product-to-market process by working with Sourcing, Marketing, Finance, as well as external vendors to ensure on-time launch of new products.

    Such tasks include set-up of artwork, bills of material, information records, source lists, and costing.
  • Analyze subcontract purchase price variance (PPV) by reviewing PPV report and reporting on favorable/unfavorable PPV.

    Meet quarterly sub-PPV targets set by Purchasing Manager.

    Fix costing & bill of material errors identified in analysis process.
  • Conduct vendor inventories by meeting schedule identified for required vendors.

    Obtain counts from vendors and analyze/resolve variances


  • Bachelor's degree required as well as 5 years experience in a purchasing role
  • APICS certification desired.
  • Knowledge of materials requirements planning systems(MRP)
  • SAP experience strongly desired
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office)
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment.

From big benefits to small, we take care of our associates! After 30 days of employment, you will be eligible for a benefits package that includes medical, dental, life, disability and business travel insurance, flexible spending accounts, EAP, and stock purchases.

We also offer a 401(k) plan with a company match after three months of employment.

Associates are vested in the 100% company funded RPM Pension plan after completing five years of service.

Rust-Oleum offers 9 paid holidays and two floating holidays per year.

You are also eligible to earn three weeks of vacation on an annualized basis.

Rust-Oleum is an equal opportunity employer.

Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, or any other protected class.
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