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Purchasing Manager

Posting ID:     17785
Position Type:   Regular/Full-Time   
City:   Urbana, AR, United States 
Location:   N/A 

Who We Are:
Canfor - a leading integrated forest products company and one of the world’s largest producers of sustainable lumber, pulp and paper - is a recognized employer of choice and an exciting place to grow your career.

We have an established presence in the southern US and in Western Canada, as well as sales offices around the world, and are proud of our committed team of over 6,500 employees.

Reporting to the Maintenance Superintendent, the Purchasing Manager plans, organizes, constructs and controls the procurement of maintenance, repair and operational materials and services for the Urbana Plant.  The Purchasing Manager is responsible for maintaining a secure and organized environment for spare parts inventories ensuring availability of critical spares and top condition of parts when needed.


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Manage all aspects of the purchasing process, maintaining strict adherence to appropriate laws of purchasing and Canfor Southern Pine policy
  • Participate in the planning, material storage, equipment ordering/rental for major repairs and shutdowns
  • Routinely monitor and evaluate vendor/contractor performance
  • Conduct/participate in vendor negotiation activities including pricing, guarantee, quality, shipments and adjustments
  • Incorporate a structured bid system for equitable vendor selection
  • Calculate Economic Order Quantities (EOQ) for standard inventoried items
  • Measure and document cost savings achieved through the application of structured purchasing procedures
  • Develop/participate Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for purchasing procedures, processes and inventory control, staying current with regulations and policies
  • Provide direction and supervision of assistant purchasing and warehouse personnel
  • Develop/participate inventory reduction strategies and use inventory reduction tools routinely
  • Work closely with Central Purchasing and mill personnel to standardize inventory items used throughout the organization



  • Exceptional business acumen developed from a minimum of 2-5 years of manufacturing industry experience
  • Recognized Purchasing, Accounting, or Finance designation
  • Strong technical skills in CMMS/MP2, business intelligence software packages, and MS Office applications
  • TDG training would be an asset
  • Solid understanding of inventory management theory and practices and general market/commodity economics
  • Superior negotiating, financial analysis and risk management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; strong leadership skills; strong verbal, written and oral presentation skills
  • Highly motivated with the ability to work independently with a strong sense of urgency
  • Must have valid driver's license and vehicle

Hiring for this position is ongoing and will be filled as required. To be considered for this position, please apply today.

As we continue to expand our company and our markets, now is the ideal time to grow your career with Canfor. We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages, and are committed to the professional development of our employees. Join Canfor for the stability, exciting career opportunities and growth potential while working for a recognized industry leader.

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El Dorado, AR
This operation joined Canfor in 2015 following our acquisition of Anthony Forest Products and plays a key role in Canfor’s growing presence in the US South.

Historic El Dorado and nearby Urbana are located in the Timberlands region of South Arkansas. Nestled near the calm waters of the Ouachita River, this oil “boom town” of the 1920s has evolved over the years into an area rich in southern charm, history and well-known festivals. The citizens of El Dorado have made education a priority demonstrated by their school district being known for its innovation and unsurpassed financial support. For more information, visit

Nearest Major Market: El Dorado

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