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Plant Buyer

Company:  Ball Corporation

Pittston, PA, US, 18640

Date:  Oct 31, 2020
Job Category:  Manufacturing/ Operations
Req. ID:  3142

Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 17,500 people worldwide and reported 2018 net sales of $11.6 billion. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.



We are growing!!!!   As part of our growth plans, we are looking to expand our manufacturing capabilities within the Greater Wilkes-Barre area. 


Primary Purpose of Position:     

Provides technical support for the plant purchasing function as directed.


Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for maintaining a safe and secure work environment.  This includes correcting unsafe acts/conditions, facilitating monthly safety meetings, performing monthly safety inspections, and investigating accidents, as required.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Supports development, implementation, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of the food safety system.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Procures plant supplies, other direct materials, services, and equipment while employing the most effective cost control methods possible.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Originates accurate and complete records of all purchasing transactions in the plant and reviews efficiency and economy of the purchasing function on a current basis.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Expedites all open orders to ensure timely delivery of stock items.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Selects mode of transportation for incoming and outgoing shipments for all items other than metal or finished goods.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">May review and maintain inventory levels in storeroom by reviewing usage of procured products in an effort to reduce stocked inventory levels.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">May review and update manufacturer part numbers to make required changes in an effort to unify criteria between plants for excess, obsolete, and overstocked parts within every plant’s storeroom.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">May maintain insurance certificates and global contract information for plant review.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">May maintain minority vendor accounting for corporate reporting.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">May solicit competitive bids on spare parts to obtain cost reductions.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">May solicit competitive negotiations on payment terms to obtain cost savings.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Maintains the file maintenance system for accurate data.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Assures correct tax codes on purchase orders.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Coordinates with other plants concerning availability of parts for shipment.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Accesses, inputs, and retrieves information from the computer.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Establishes and maintains an employee relations climate of trust and confidence that will discourage third party interference or establishes and maintains an employee relations climate of trust and confidence with employees, their union stewards and representatives which will promote achievement of plant and company goals.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Maintains positive relations with local bargaining unit ensuring a high level of productivity (if applicable).
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Initiates, reviews, masters, and follows all standard operating procedures (SOPs) for area of responsibility.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Performs those administrative activities necessary for the effective management of the department, including provision for selection and development of employees, budget administration, employee safety, organization goals and objectives, and planning, organizing, integrating and measuring the work performed within the department.

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<span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Position Requirements:

  • Broad training in a related field usually acquired through college degree level education or work-related experience
  • HS Diploma/Equivalency required
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Job related experience for 2 year(s) minimum
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Working knowledge of the following areas:
  • business principles
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">legal practices
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">customer needs and requirements
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">purchasing principles and practices
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">company manufacturing products, practices, nomenclature, and procedures
  • Ability to apply independent evaluation, selection, and substantial adaptation and modification of standard purchasing techniques, procedures, and criteria.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Ability to operate and functionally use a computer.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Must be able to handle sensitive related and proprietary information in a confidential manner.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Performs such individual assignments as management may direct.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Must follow company policies, procedures, practices, and standards of conduct as outlined in the Ball Corporation manuals.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Must maintain professional competence, ethical integrity, knowledge, and skills.
  • <span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">5% of travel       


<span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Relocation may be available for this position.



Equal Opportunity Employer

Minority, Female, Disabled, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Veterans

Nearest Major Market: Scranton
Nearest Secondary Market: Wilkes Barre

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