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Santa Rosa, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, April 5, 2024

Company Description

About Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science and digital identification solutions company that provides a wide range of branding and information solutions that optimize labor and supply chain efficiency, reduce waste, advance sustainability, circularity and transparency, and better connect brands and consumers. Our products and solutions include labeling and functional materials, radio frequency identification (RFID) inlays and tags, software applications that connect the physical and digital, and a variety of products and solutions that enhance branded packaging and carry or display information that improves the customer experience. Serving an array of industries worldwide — including home and personal care, apparel, general retail, e-commerce, logistics, food and grocery, pharmaceuticals and automotive — we employ approximately 34,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Our reported sales in 2023 were $8.4 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.

Job Description

The MRO Buyer / Sourcing Specialist is responsible for obtaining the best quality, service and value when sourcing materials for the multiple organizations that enables cost savings, quality materials, and on-time delivery for operational excellence. Transacts purchases of goods and services including but not limited to Maintenance, Repair and Operations. Communicates with suppliers, discussing quotes and price increases, negotiating rates, and evaluating service and quality.

The role is focused on improving the performance of our Supply Chain to achieve service excellence and optimize inventory levels to support business objectives. This role will work cross-functionally within Supply Chain, Operations, Procurement and MROl suppliers in projects.

In your role as MRO Buyer, delivering on these responsibilities is critical to success:

  • Operates the maintenance tool crib, so that it operates efficiently and within the agreed budget limits.

  • Assists in identifying, assessing, negotiating, awarding and managing suppliers and procurement agreements. Assesses suppliers on a global landscape to recommend best sourcing.

  • Transacts purchases of goods and services including but not limited to Maintenance, Repair and Operations.

  • Communicates with suppliers, discussing quotes and price increases, negotiating rates, and evaluating service and quality.

  • Maintains updated price lists, ensuring accuracy in invoicing.

  • Reviews purchase order acknowledgements and updates pricing and delivery dates in the ERP system. Provides quantities required during parts shortages to ensure sourcing needs are addressed.

  • Conducts purchasing activities aligned with the supply chain philosophy and strategy, executing and supporting sourcing projects through selected and approved suppliers.

  • Recognizes, understands and addresses sourcing problems in a proactive manner. Meets with suppliers to understand and resolve issues in a timely manner, reducing impact on operations and sourcing needs.

  • Collaborates with operations, materials and procurement teams to optimize total value and complete work to support organizational goals. Communicates and completes work, ensuring information, quoting and sourcing is completed with suppliers.

  • Controls inventory of MRO materials

  • Provides information to determine status of current orders and to forecast needs for future orders.

  • Compiles records of amount, type, and value of material or stock on hand.

  • Monitors reorder points and initiates action to replenish stock.

  • Responsible for inventory levels, inventory positioning, and planned production and sales forecasts.

  • Reconciles discrepancies in inventories.

  • Coordinates with traffic, production planning, and warehouse personnel to ensure appropriate routing, scheduling, and storing of goods.

  • Oversee that materials are received, stored, shipped, and reported in accordance with established procedures.

  • Furnish reports as needed to forecast estimates and schedules related to inventory, distribution, transportation, and/or production.

  • Support, assist, and complete analyses; analyze information for accuracy and completeness.

  • Work with other functions to identify opportunities to improve the process effectiveness and improvement plan.

  • Perform various activities to backup and maintain the flow of work in the department. Ensure staff is focused on process improvement.

  • Develop, recommend, and coordinate the implementation of new procedures.

  • Proactively communicate supply chain issues and provide alternatives.

  • Maintain high levels of communication within the team.

  • Partner with Operations to achieve production goals.

  • Actively participate in training to expand technical skills and improve services provided.


Avery Dennison has a long history of being a market leader. Your history is important to us. It should include the following:


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Supply Chain, Materials and Logistics, Engineering or related preferred.


  • +3 years experience in tool crib operation.

  • 0-3 years of purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment

  • 0-3 years of material planning in a manufacturing environment

  • 0-3 years working with suppliers including price negotiations, RFQ’s and cost reduction initiatives

  • 0-3 years analyzing quotes and conducting value analysis for strategic sourcing decisions

  • 0-3 years recommending and implementing continuous improvements in sourcing preferred

  • Knowledge of purchasing techniques and logistical supply chain


  • Proven Microsoft Excel & Word proficiency

  • Demonstrated professional experience with WMS/ERP systems (Oracle etc.)

  • Well-developed written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Bi-lingual ability (English/Spanish) preferred

Additional Information

Who we are! - Our Story:

Every voice. Every day! Eight Values. One Team!

Being open to every voice, every day, brings our value of diversity to life and makes Avery Dennison a vibrant and engaging place to be. We understand diversity and equal opportunities as enrichment for our future-oriented work. Across our diverse, global team, every voice makes us stronger. When we listen to and learn from each other, there is no limit to what we can achieve together. Each of us is unique, and we appreciate bringing together different personalities and talents.

Avery Dennison is an equal-opportunity employer.

To find out more about all our employee resources groups globally as well as our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion approach, please go to https://www.averydennison.com/en/home/about-us/diversity-and-inclusion.html