Purchasing Manager Employment | Chicago Purchasing Recruiters

Kappa Search Inc. is a Chicago recruiting firm that specializes in engineering, manufacturing, supply chain and purchasing recruitment and placement. We are currently recruiting for a Purchasing Manager with Tier 1 automotive experience.


  • The incumbent will manage all supplier related activities and direct purchasing functions.
  • Supervise and direct purchasing professionals to establish and deliver on goals.
  • The manager and his staff will work closely with corporate purchasing to ensure quality, reliability and delivery goals are met or exceeded..
  • Will interact with engineering, product design, sales,  marketing, manufacturing and planning.
  • Drive make vs. buy analysis and make recommendations to management team.
  • Develop RFQs/RFPs with commodity team
  • Negotiate quality, price, payment and delivery terms.
  • Lead and support vendor assessment and certification audits.
  • Closely follow commodity and industry trends, including material lead times and cutting-edge manufacturing processes.
  • Vet and select preferred suppliers with corporate commodity managers, and coordinate regular supplier technology reviews.
  • Work with engineering to drive cost reduction initiatives driven by commodity managers.


  • Bachelors degree in business, supply chain or related field.
  • Excellent skills and knowledge in communication/ project management/ financial/ analytical/ manufacturing.
  • Several years experience in purchasing and purchasing management.
  • Exposure to continuous improvement processes, preferably with an automotive tier 1 supplier.
  • Proficient in the use of MS – Office Professional
  • Multi-tasking skills are a must.
  • The position requires excellent project management skills and interpersonal skills, as you will be sential.
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication and presentation skills.
  • Domestic and global travel is required.
  • APICS and NAPM certification is desirable.