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NOW Foods Plant Purchasing Coordinator in Bloomingdale, Illinois

Plant Purchasing Coordinator

Location:Plant (Bloomingdale, IL)

Department:QC Analytical Lab


Founded by Elwood Richard in 1968,NOW Foodshas grown from a small, family operation to a highly-respected manufacturer of natural health products. Today, NOW Foods manufactures and distributes over 1,400 dietary supplements, natural foods, sports nutrition, and personal care products. NOW’s state of the art manufacturing facilities are GMP-certified, and our quality testing labs are among the best in the industry. The company has over 1,500 employees and its products are sold in more than 60 countries. The company remains family-owned and committed to its original mission: to provide value in products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives.

NOW offers a competitive compensation structure and a comprehensive benefit package which includes medical, dental and vision plans from tier one companies, Paid Time Off, 401k match up to $6,500 per year, educational assistance and company-paid disability and life insurance. NOW employees also enjoy a wide array of unique benefits such as company-paid profit sharing, quarterly bonuses, employee discount, wellness program, company-paid Teladoc and Rx’nGo, and much more! Many of our benefits are 100% paid by NOW – this is why NOW Foods has been awarded as one of the “101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work for” in ChicagoELEVENyears in a row, and on the National LevelFIVEyears in a row!

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Coordinates Purchasing tasks and special projects for the Bloomingdale facility by performing the following duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESinclude the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Coordinates the requisition, purchase and shipping of lab, janitorial, production and safety supplies with approved suppliers for the Bloomingdale plant.

  • Maintains stock levels of supplies and equipment throughout the Bloomingdale plant based on usage and lead times.

  • Maintains and updates inventory records.

  • Develops and implements efficient inventory management procedures.

  • Reports any stock issues to management and places product orders as necessary.

  • Prepares a list of depleted products and a survey of unusable products.

  • Obtains quotes for capital expenditures as determined my management.

  • Assists in researching new vendors and negotiates better pricing for supplies.

  • Evaluates order documentation (e.g. requisitions, change orders, quotes, etc.) for supplies, equipment and/or services to ensure it is charged to correct cost centers.

  • Maintains metrics of shipping charges, on-time deliveries and usage/annual turns for the purposes of determining ways of cost avoidance.

  • Maintains purchasing information, files and records (e.g. Request for proposals, purchase orders, etc.) to ensure the availability of documentation and compliance with established policies and regulatory guidelines.

  • Coordinates lab coat services, including reconciling invoices against garment pick-up lists and communicating changes in volumes.

  • Coordinates gas cylinder services, including monitoring usage, services and invoicing.

  • Coordinates the pick-up of chemical waste with outside vendors.

  • Acts as liaison with the accounting department to reconcile invoices and assist with the corrections of purchase orders.

  • Assists with special projects as assigned.

  • Complies with safety and GMP requirements.


Supports a culture of safe laboratory and production operations; follows all safety rules and procedures. Actively participates in the safety program by: engaging in training activities to learn what constitutes a

safety hazard; reporting safety concerns to management or safety teams, submitting safety suggestions, and correcting or reporting to the appropriate people when the employee sees a workplace health or safety hazard, until it is resolved. Assists with communicating safety information to new employees. Fulfills responsibilities as outlined in the company safety management plan.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Associate’s degree (AS or AA) from two-year college OR two years at a university OR five years related purchasing experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Two years (MRO) Maintenance, Repairs and Operations purchasing experience strongly preferred.


  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret quotes, purchase orders and invoices.

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.

  • Ability to communicate effectively and work with peers, management and external contacts in a transparent and professional manner.


Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.


  • Ability to organize workload and multi-task in a fast-paced environment to ensure all tasks are completed accurately and on time.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with outside vendors with strong negotiation skills to reach best possible pricing and sales terms for company.

  • Strong attention to detail skills.

  • Intermediate experience with Oracle or other ERP software preferred.

  • Intermediate to excellent working knowledge in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel).

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

  • Strong mathematical and analytical skills.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk throughout the facility, use stairs and step stools, lift/push/pull 25 lbs., work at a desk, write, enter information into a computer, and to communicate in person, via email and telephone. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to herbal aromas, dust, and/or airborne particles.

It is the policy of NOW Foods to prohibit discrimination of any type, and to afford equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and prospective employees, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.