Tacoma, WA
Full Time

Gensco currently has an amazing opportunity available to join our Purchasing Team at our Corporate Offices in Tacoma, WA as a Buyer!

This job is Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm

About Gensco

Gensco, Inc. is a successful HVAC wholesale distributor and manufacturer doing business in the Northwest for over 70 years. We pride ourselves on delivering outstanding service and value to our customers and providing opportunity and job satisfaction for our Team Members throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska.

Gensco's Mission: "Provide all of our customers with quality products and services the first time, every time, and to provide all Team Members opportunity and job satisfaction."


The Buyer is responsible for performing a full range of purchasing and inventory responsibilities as well as attaining company customer service goals, vendor relations goals, and branch inventory and efficiency goals.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Vendor Relations

  • Act as primary Gensco contact for vendors.
  • Responsible for negotiating cost, terms, freight, and conditions of sale with assigned vendors to achieve greatest possible value.
  • Procures special costs, as needed, to meet competitive situations.
  • Analyze and resolve issues arising from warranty, obsolescence, slow moving inventory, packaging, delivery, customer complaints, and any other problems that may arise in dealing with specific vendors.
  • Assist the Sales Support team in managing vendor participation in marketing programs and coop funds.
  • Participate as a key member in formal vendor review meetings.
  • Act as the conduit for the vendor to voice their wishes and needs.
  • Maintain regular and frequent communications with those key vendors to which they are assigned.

2. Inventory Management & Replenishment

  • Regularly review product lines to determine if replenishment is needed.
  • Determine where replenishment stock should come from, how it should get there, and how often.
  • Identify overstock, slow mover, non-mover inventory and communicate to sales/marketing or local branch for resolution.
  • Resolve overstocks or excess inventory.
  • Manage the inventory of seasonal items using historical data, input from the field, manual planning, and vendor tools to determine when to bring in.
  • Assist Manager in the maintenance and enhancement of purchasing software/system.
  • Solicit and use information from branches on seasonal and business changes to best manage stock levels of assigned product lines.
  • Communicate new product performance with branches and key internal stakeholders.
  • Identify and correct outages and shortages immediately – use critical inventory report and available report to identify and resolve.
  • Initiate buy out as needed so internal shortages are transparent to customer.
  • Meet Gensco’s goals of service level, inventory turns, and direct ship percentages.

3. Communication – External and Internal

  • Initiate communication on any changes in products, orders, availability, vendors, pricing, and services for assigned product lines.
  • Routinely solicit and use feedback from the field and other departments particularly in regard to changes in sales or customer trends.
  • Provide feedback on how the information was used and the results of the action as needed.
  • Use the Hotline as appropriate to publish important information relating to product lines.
  • Provide external communication including soliciting and giving information to vendors on updates, people changes, competition, and market changes or issues.
  • Utilize written communication skills to communicate with internal and external stakeholders.

4. Administration & Maintenance

  • Set up new products in the system, update cost and rebates, maintain the inventory master maintenance file, maintain the purchasing module including order points, lead times, and order quantities.
  • Set up new vendors in vendor maintenance file.
  • Update branch files for new products, branch correspondence, vendor information, and catalogs.
  • Maintain consistent product descriptions within product lines.

Skills and Qualifications

  • AA degree required, Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 3+ years related experience preferred
  • Excellent knowledge of the products Gensco sells
  • Understanding of Gensco operations, distribution and warehouse operations
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Organizational and negotiating skills
  • Ability to maintain accurate and detailed records
  • Analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Proactive, self-motivated, able to recognize issues and resolve or escalate appropriately
  • Strong people skills, recognizes when to use formal or informal style, not easily intimidated, accessible, ability to say “no” in a firm but polite manner to customers and vendors
  • Strong decision-making abilities, understands impact and implications of decisions
  • Strong time management skills, ability to prioritize and follow through
  • Willing to think creatively and identify improvement and money saving opportunities
  • Positive approach toward challenging situations
  • Able to operate computer terminal, calculator and other office machines
  • Able to communicate with the public in person and on the phone
  • Able to work sitting or standing and to move freely throughout the facility
  • Able to lift and carry equipment, supplies and inventory on a frequent basis

Gensco is a drug free company and EOE.
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