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Purchasing Agent


New Orleans, LA


Accounting & Finance, Customer Service & Technical Support, Supply Chain Management & Warehouse


Laitram Machinery


7:00am-4:00pm, M-F
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Laitram Machinery, Inc. has a position available for a Purchasing Agent.

For over 70 years, Laitram Machinery has pioneered the manufacturing of high-performance shrimp-peeling equipment, and more recently, steam cookers, blanchers, nut pasteurizers, roasters, and sorters.  All of our products are designed to increase efficiency, improve product quality and yield for processors worldwide. Laitram Machinery is one of four operating divisions of Laitram, L.L.C. and offers an unparalleled opportunity for those who want to work for an established, yet growing company in the private sector. To learn more about our company culture, philosophy, and benefits, please visit our company page.


·       Maintain working relationships with strategic suppliers

·       Manage the sourcing and purchasing of inventory and non-inventory items

·       Manage daily purchasing transactions, purchase order requisitions, and MRP review

·       Create and maintain proactive purchasing variables on inventory items, including safety stock levels, min/max order quantities, ship set quantities, lead times, etc.

·       Assist in sourcing components for Engineering, which meet or exceed technical specifications

·       Collect and analyze data to help support supply chain strategies and initiatives

·       Develop and present reports on supplier performance metrics, cost analysis, etc.

·       Evaluate procurement processes and supplier relationships to identify potential areas to eliminate waste


·       B.S. degree in related field (Business, Finance, Supply Chain/Logistics Management, Engineering)

·       10 plus years experience can be substituted in lieu of degree.

·       “Self-managed” team player; organized, efficient and proactive in regard to execution of daily tasks

·       5 or more years’ experience in related industry (manufacturing preferred)

·       Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

·       Ability to review production plan/forecast and anticipate critical, long lead requirements

·       ERP experience (Infor XA and/or Oracle preferred);

·       Detail oriented and having an error-free mentality

·       Strong analytical and objective decision making skills

·       Ability to work in a fast paced environment as an integral part of a team

Desired Qualifications:

·       Experience in sourcing electrical & electronic components, electric motors/gearboxes, pipe fittings and miscellaneous hardware

·       Familiarity in electrical supply brands such as Schneider, Square-D, Telemecanique, Eaton, Yaskawa, Festo, Hoffman, and Saginaw

·       Familiarity in motor/gearbox brands such as Stainless Motors Inc, Leeson, Baldor, Grove, and Sterling