Category Buyer I in Scottsdale, AZ at Discount Tire Corporate Careers

Date Posted: 3/7/2018

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Job Description

Here at Discount Tire, we celebrate the spirit of our people with extraordinary pride and enthusiasm. Our business has been growing for over 55 years and now is the best time in our history to join us. We are opening more locations every year and we are always looking for qualified individuals to join us in our growth. We are a company that promotes from within, both in our retail and corporate operations.  

We are looking to add a Category Buyer I to the Corporate Procurement Department.  The individual in this position will research and analyze suppliers to ensure they meet our Company’s needs for lowest cost, best quality, on-time delivery, and that is safe for the organization.  They will aim to save the Company money, save customer’s time and make the procurement process inviting, easy and safe. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Researches and analyzes potential suppliers; provides recommendations for suppliers that align with business strategy; ensures lowest cost, best quality, and on-time delivery.
  • Conducts supplier research and analysis, including, but not limited to, supplier discovery/due diligence, market/industry intelligence/conditions; provides recommendations.
  • Participates in procurement lifecycle including supplier quotes/bids, price negotiations, onboarding, supplier management and renewals.
  • Facilitates processing of Non-Disclosure Agreements, Statements of Work, Contingent Worker Agreements and other routine documents.
  • Monitors supplier performance/compliance; identifies problem areas and collaborates with stakeholders to develop recommendations to mitigate risk and improve performance.
  • Regularly evaluates supplier offerings, usage and category spend; identifies opportunities to reduce cost and improve performance; provides recommendations that support the business’ strategic goals and plans.
  • Stays current on the latest industry technologies, trends and strategies.
  • Assists employees, vendors or other customers by answering questions related to sourcing and procurement processes, procedures and services.
  • Completes work in a timely and accurate manner while providing exceptional customer service.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements


  • A minimum of three years sourcing, procurement, vendor management, analytics, inventory management, supply chain or related experience is required.
  • Knowledge of contracts and contractual language is beneficial.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the proven ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with internal stakeholders and suppliers are essential.
  • Understanding of supplier performance management best practices is beneficial.
  • Ability to collaborate and facilitate discussions with suppliers and internal stakeholders is vital.
  • Experience in IT Service Management Platform (ITSM) and Procurement Performance Suite is necessary; ServiceNow and Zycus preferred.
  • Business acumen knowledge and understanding of business and procurement issues, priorities, goals and strategy is beneficial.
  • Ability to provide innovative ideas/solutions is desirable.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and customer service skills are required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including skills with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Visio is necessary.
  • Proven customer service skills, including the ability to manage and respond to different customer and supplier situations while maintaining a positive and friendly attitude are essential.
  • The ability to work efficiently and accurately under pressure, meet deadlines, present a professional demeanor and work well independently is required.
  • Maintaining confidentiality, treating others with respect and upholding Company values are key attributes.
  • In addition, organizational and problem solving skills, a can-do attitude, and the ability to adjust to changing requirements are essential. 

Educational Requirements:

  • This position requires an Associate’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Procurement, Contract Management, Business Administration, Supply Chain, Business or a related field is preferred. 

Preference will be given to local candidates. No staffing agencies. Salary range is dependent upon experience.