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Chippewa Falls, WI

Are you looking to begin a career with an established and stable local company? We have a GREAT opportunity for you!

Privately held, Great Northern is one of the nation’s largest independent producers of corrugated packaging.  For more than five decades, customers have turned to Great Northern for integrated, comprehensive packaging solutions in industrial, commercial and retail markets.  Our vision is to help our employees win through personal growth and a shared future.  This is an exciting time to join and be a part of our growing team.

In addition to excellent wages the company has a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision; life insurance; long and short term disability; paid time off; holidays; profit sharing and 401(k) with company match. We also offer our employees a safe, clean, friendly environment and room for growth!

To perform all aspects pertaining to cutting die and print plate purchases and computer system monitoring between customer service, materials management, traffic, and vendors.  Works with technical services, sales staff, customers, design, graphics, account coordinators, fulfillment, production and vendors in the critical role of ensuring that purchased packaging components arrive in a timely manner to meet customer requirements.  Ensures cost effective purchasing is done, combined with accuracy and flow of information needed to meet the deadlines of our internal and external customers in accordance with GNC quality and efficiency standards.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING.  OTHER DUTIES MAY BE ASSIGNED.

  1. Purchases: Cutting Dies/Print Plates
    • Work with customer service, technical services, design, graphics and production to purchase print plates and die boards, and assure timely check in as needed in production.
    • Provides necessary documentation to check in plates and dies to tooling specialist.
    • Provides documentation, specifications and GNC production schedule for customer supplied print plates and cutting dies to customer or customer vendors.
  2. Researches and requests quotes for packaging components (clips, foam, etc.) for orders determining the best pricing for quality merchandise.
    • Reviews and processes miscellaneous components purchases for customer service personnel paying attention to vendor of choice; works with vendor selection, problems and discrepancies.
  3. Primary purchaser of miscellaneous packaging corrugated components (Gaylord and Cap Sheets etc.), other raw materials, and production consumables for orders.
  4. Primary purchaser of press supplies for Production.
  5. Primary purchaser of lithographic labels.
  6. Follow-up with vendors on any issues relating to any of the above purchased products.  Provide feedback to customer service on customer-supplied products as needed.
  7. Back-up to supply chain specialist for Board Ordering/Purchasing
    • Works closely with internal personnel to confirm all orders are processed in a timely manner.
    • Works with VP/general manager on board vendor order percentages.
    • Works with logistics manager with On-Time Vendor Reporting.
  8. Backs up Supply Chain Manager for prioritization of labels for production orders.
  9. Administration
    • Administrative duties of generating and distributing daily reports, which include inventory reports, order acknowledgements and pick list.
    • Maintains supplier evaluation log for packaging components with both positive and negative information on vendor performance and maintains the miscellaneous pricing matrix.  Meets with vendors and department manager to communicate issues and share information regarding upcoming business, trends, new technology and vendor performance.
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