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Purchasing / Continuous Improvement Manager

Location: Thornton, IL, United States
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Who We Are:  

IPS opened its doors in 2007 to become the industry's leading service provider, offering single-source electromechanical and power management solutions to enhance the reliability of critical infrastructure. Today, IPS has the industry's largest network of remanufacturing locations, distribution centers, and field service offices across North America and the United Kingdom, serving over 30,000 customer locations across a wide range of end uses, including power generation, utilities, water and wastewater, petrochemicals, air separation, oil and gas, metals, mining, paper, aggregates, cement, hospitals, universities, commercial buildings, and data centers. 

IPS offers excellent career growth opportunities and is expanding its talented workforce to meet rising demand. By joining IPS, you'll learn from industry experts and discover your potential while being part of a team committed to our shared values: Safety, Integrity, Teamwork, Accountability, Customer Focus, and Entrepreneurial Spirit.

Responsibilities and Expectations: 

The Purchasing/CIPS Manager will have responsibility for total supply chain management, Continuous Improvement Process Solutions, and warehouse management for the Chicago Service Center.  Responsibilities may include:


  • Actively seek and qualify new suppliers. 
  • Negotiate and maintain all strategic vendor relationships.   
  • Directly solicit competitive RFQs for new materials. 
  • Develop and set yearly cost reduction goals and strategic plans to attain targets. 
  • Maintain supplier metrics – on-time shipments, NCR’s & warranty. 
  • Conduct vendor audits and prequalification visits. 
  • Work with warehouse personnel to ensure best practices are in place for inventory control. 
  • Order parts for jobs promptly, as advised by service center departments.  
  • Collaborate with technicians to ensure the proper products and parts are ordered. 
  • Maintain procurement records such as items or services purchased, costs, delivery, product quality or performance, and inventories. 
  • Resolve or assist in resolving all price and/or ordering discrepancies relative to purchased materials, incoming shipments, and outside invoices. 
  • Continually look for ways to improve the efficiency of the supply chain. 
  • Be professional especially when representing the company during phone or personal contact with outside vendors, customers or service providers, etc.
  • Participate and direct Continuous Improvement Process Solutions.
  • Work with personnel to reduce the number of material shortages. 
  • Work with suppliers and Buyers to expedite past-due materials. 
  • Work with quality and process improvement teams on efficiency and process improvements. 
  • Embrace lean manufacturing concepts and identify waste and methods to streamline the materials management process. 
  • Utilize ERP to maximize supply chain efficiency by reducing the number of unique purchase line items through a combination of master planning and inventory.   
  • Travel to customer sites and projects as needed. 
  • All other duties as assigned.   
  • Observe all safety procedures and policies and use proper protective equipment (especially eye, ear protection and steel toe shoes/boots, gloves, etc.) 
  • Keep the work area clean and organized. 


Qualifications and Competencies: 

  • BS or BA degree preferred. 
  • 5-7 years’ supply chain experience and 3-4 years purchasing management experience preferred in a manufacturing environment. 
  • A background in lean manufacturing is preferred.
  • Strong computer skills required. 
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to follow directions. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and follow standardized work procedures. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels. 
  • Strong and professional customer focus. 
  • Ability to work overtime as needed.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. 



  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • 401k Employer Match
  • On-the-job training
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program 
  • Medical, Dental and Vision plans
  • Safety shoe & glasses reimbursement
  • And more!

IPS is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or veteran status.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background investigation. As a federal contractor, our company is committed to maintaining a safe and drug-free workplace. Candidates for this position are required to complete a pre-employment drug screen successfully. The drug screening process will include testing for substances that may impair one's ability to perform the job safely and effectively.


Special Accommodations: If you require assistance or accommodation while seeking employment with IPS, please contact us at [email protected]. Please note that this email is to be used for accommodation requests, not general employment inquiries.