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Date: Dec 21, 2018

Location: Franklin, TN, US, 37064

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

Why A. O. Smith? 

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and, as a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation is at the center of the trend. We are a $3 billion company with 144-year history and employ more than 16,000 men and women. With manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, A. O. Smith has the global reach to serve customers worldwide. We have sales and distribution in more than 60 countries around the world. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement, not just in its factories and its processes, but in its people.  We value people who are able to analyze problems and take rapid, decisive action. 


What is great about this opportunity?

  • You will be joining a stable, but growing organization committed to strong financial performance, strategic acquisitions, global expansion and the highest ethical standards of conduct.
  • You will be representing a company that makes products that improve quality of life and are considered top of the line.
  • You will be joining a cohesive team that supports each other in accomplishing shared goals.

Primary Function

Working as the Buyer, you will identify, research and evaluate suppliers that meet the organizations standards of price, quality, timing and reliably of supply. You will have responsibility of the development and management of moderate and complex supplier relationships that provide the best cost, quality, and delivery of commodities that, in turn, contribute to the growth of A. O. Smith.


  • Recognize and evaluate sales, promotional campaigns and other opportunities to secure reduced prices.
  • Assess supplier products to ensure that they comply with specifications and meet the organization quality standards,
  • Analyze and evaluate supplier bids, tenders, proposal or quotations.
  • Negotiate prices and delivery conditions; commit to purchase within established limits of authority with terms that are in the organizations best interest. 
  • Complete requests for quotes and cost analysis.
  • Understand and manage elements of total cost.
  • Negotiate cost and terms with suppliers.
  • Communicate with and visit suppliers.
  • Load planning parameters for new purchase parts.
  • Analyze planner messages.
  • Create and release purchase orders. 
  • Approve invoices from suppliers. 
  • Confirm timely and complete receipts according to production requirements.
  • Measure supplier performance in delivery and quality.
  • Achieve inventory and turns results.
  • Work with Engineering on project redesigns and new releases to complete supplier selection.
  • Negotiate pricing and terms with suppliers.
  • Plan, coordinate, and communicate blanket/purchase order releases to support production requirements.
  • Establish input into the system for ordering and invoice payment.
  • Maintain inventory levels to meet inventory turns goals.
  • Measure and monitor supplier performance in areas of on time delivery, cost of poor quality, lead-time, and purchase price variance.
  • Drive root cause analysis and corrective action when suppliers are non-compliant in any area.
  • Conduct legal and ethical business relationships with suppliers.
  • Benchmark leading supply chain practitioners and develop world class practices.
  • Build alliances across departments.
  • Continue to develop and/or improve skills vital for business growth.
  • Anticipate and adapt to change.
  • Ensure internal and external customer satisfaction.
  • Other responsibilities may be assigned as needed.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance or Accounting or related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years of related work experience or training.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and proven track record of team participation success. 
  • Must be computer literate and proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 

We Offer

We Offer:  Competitive base salary and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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