Kent Corporation

Muscatine, IA

Are you ready to join a US Best Managed Company ? Kent Corporation has an opening for a Purchasing Agent/Buyer! The Purchasing Agent/Buyer will be responsible to evaluate suppliers and review product quality. He/she will work in a collaborate environment with the Purchasing team to develop, communicate and accomplish the Company’s goals and objectives. The successful candidate will report to the Direct - Purchasing Manager.


  • Responsible for purchasing complex or technical materials, supplies or services
  • Negotiate and settle with suppliers damage claims, rejections, issues, return of materials, over shipments, cancellations and engineering changes
  • Evaluate and monitor contracts to ensure vendors and supplies comply with the terms and conditions of the contract and determine the need for changes
  • Review planned purchase orders and work with plant operations to determine purchasing needs for planned production runs.
  • Negotiate best vendor terms, pricing, and delivery based on budget and schedule requirements
  • Provide superior business stakeholder experiences, while building long-term relations and demonstrating a passion toward stakeholder commitments


  • Bachelor's degree in Operations or Supply Chain Management, Business, Economics or related discipline; Master’s degree and/or certification in supply management or purchasing is preferred


  • Prefer 2+ years purchasing experience
  • Knowledge of industry practices
  • Must be able to operate with a wide degree of creativity and latitude
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to speak with many levels of an organization
  • Prefer experience in Food Ingredients, Retail Packaging and/or Industrial Packaging


  • Some travel is required for relationship building and learning.