Purchasing Coordinator

W. Atlee Burpee & Co. the leading supplier to the American home gardener has an immediate opening for a Purchasing Coordinator.


Description of Key Responsibilities: 

  • Determine the day-to-day seed requirements to ensure production is operating efficiently
  • Manage purchase order creation and authorization process
  • Create, develop and maintain a purchasing plan
  • Manage and maintain seed planning tool and purchasing planning calendar
  • Work with planning to coordinate the delivery of seed to meet the needs of the Production Schedule
  • Meet with vendors and assist in negotiating the best possible prices for seed purchases and freight costs
  • Maintain preferred vendor list
  • Monitor safety stock levels
  • Review, evaluate and approve specifications for issuing and awarding bids to suppliers through RFQ process
  • Plan, implement and manage contract production of Burpee proprietary products
  • Visit vendors and trials to evaluate products in field performance
  • Assist in Inventory control function for seed
  • Resolve receiving issues
  • Develop relationships with key vendors
  • Support the Purchasing Manager on operational projects
  • Maintain open lines of communication across multiple departments within the organization


Desired Skills & Experience

  • Knowledge of purchasing processes
  • Persuasive and diplomatic
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • General knowledge of budgeting, inventory and cost management
  • Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative environment
  • High proficiency in Excel skills; DAX and A+ skills preferred, but not mandatory



  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3-5 years prior procurement experience
  • Ability to travel (10% travel)



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