Purchasing Manager

Job ID
Employment Type
Regular Full-Time
Travel Required
Up to 25%
FLSA Status
Position Location(s)
US-SD-Sioux Falls



At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in bio-based products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits including;

  • Attractive Relocation Assistance and Bonus Programs for qualifying positions and/or locations
  • Competitive pay, including shift premium pay for qualifying positions
  • Quarterly Profit-Sharing Bonuses, and Bi-Annual Incentive Bonuses
  • Individual and family plans for health, dental, & vision insurance, including a generous employer Health Savings Account contribution
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • A multifaceted wellness program encompassing the whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually
  • Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements
  • 401K with company match
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Excellent work-life balance with a 'family-first' culture
  • Safety and cold weather gear reimbursements
  • Discounted home and auto insurance



The Purchasing Manager is responsible for the development of process as well as direct and indirect supervision of the teams responsible for vendor qualification and purchasing.  You will facilitate team member development, develop standardization in process, facilitate process improvement, and lead a team of professionals.  



  • Leadership of the qualification process and the Qualifications Coordinator that manages the qualification and life-cycle compliance of POET’s vendor accounts.
  • Direct and indirect leadership of a Purchasing Specialist team that is responsible for order placement, tracking, customer service to internal/external stakeholders, and other related administrative tasks.
  • Works closely with Buyers and Inventory team to support cost control and inventory management.
  • Identify, mitigate and resolve procurement risks and problems, including qualification compliance, receiving concerns, invoice issues, and technical and commercial clarifications.
  • Initiate and lead improvement projects to current processes or policies.
  • Develop and recommend qualification and purchasing policies for the organization.
  • Support team in resolving discrepancies between purchase order, receiver and invoice. Communicate and work with vendor, company management and appropriate department personnel to resolve issues.
  • Provide backup support to Purchasing Specialists and Qualifications Coordinator to cover or assist in coverage, scheduling conflicts, etc.
  • Ensure staffing requirements are met.
  • Effectively manage the team by recruiting, selecting, orienting and training team members. Leadership responsibilities also include delegating, coaching, managing performance and career development to effectively execute departmental strategies and support company objectives.
  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!



  • Associates Degree or above in a related field such as Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, Project Management or Information Technology.  
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in related fields and 2+ years’ experience in a management or supervisory role.
  • P.M. certification, along with experience in Maximo, Aras, and/or Microsoft Dynamics is a plus.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills as well as the ability to embrace change.
  • You communicate effectively in writing and in person.
  • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.


At POET we believe in developing our team members to their highest potential and recognizing contributions that add value to the organization. Each new team member’s position and compensation are carefully determined by considering their unique qualifications and skillset.



  • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s the way we do things at POET.
  • This position operates in an office environment working at a personal computer where you may sit or stand.


POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). POET complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding hiring and employment. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.


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