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Purchasing and Inventory Control Manager

Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center | Brooklyn Center, MN

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The Purchasing and Inventory Control Manager will oversee the activities of the purchasing and inventory control department and manage the inventory of materials for the company.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Lead, manage and hold your team accountable to their roles and responsibilities (LMA).
  • Oversees the daily workflow and schedules of the purchasing / inventory department.
  • Conducts performance evaluations that are timely and constructive.
  • Handles discipline and termination of employees in accordance with company policy.


  • Overseeing the purchasing of band, orchestra, and percussion instruments.
  • Overseeing the purchasing of acoustic pianos and electronic keyboards instruments.
  • Overseeing the purchasing of print and accessory products.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, prices, buyers, and delivery conditions to anticipate future material availability; directs purchasing programs accordingly.
  • Develops and maintains open to buy inventory databases for instruments, print and accessories. Sets authorization limits for all associate buyers.
  • Negotiates and completes contracts with vendors for optimal cost and delivery times.
  • Reviews purchase orders and contracts for compliance with company and departmental policies.
  • Collaborates with Sales Managers, which includes the DOS and School Services on the product needs and timing.
  • Collaborates with the Logistics/Supply Chain Manager to maximize efficiency in the purchasing, inventory control and timing of delivery.
  • Communicates with suppliers to resolve problems that may arise regarding delivery, quality, price, or conditions of new product.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures related to purchasing and inventory control with a goal to maximize efficiency and optimize workflow.
  • Works with our proprietary vendors and our importer (Livingston) to coordinate delivery of product to meet our timelines and needs.
  • Implement and integrate EOS throughout your areas of responsibility while using all of the EOS tools available.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Proven negotiation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Ability to exercise tact, courtesy, and ethics when dealing with vendors, co-workers, and customers.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills with the ability to effectively train others.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software, as well as inventory software.

Education and Experience (preferred):

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and / or coursework in purchasing and/or inventory control management.
  • At least three years of management experience required with a focus on inventory control and purchasing preferred.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times.
  • May be asked to travel to visit stores and /or different vendor locations.

Our company hiring procedures are outlined below:

Step One: Complete the application form and submit with your resume and one letter of recommendation

Step Two: By completing and sending your application materials, you are granting us permission to send you a link to an online survey which must be completed before the interview process begins.

Step Three: When your application materials are received and reviewed, you will be contacted for a telephone interview.

Step Four: A personal interview will be conducted

Please fill out the application (choose online or PDF form below), and you will hear from us soon!

To apply, you will need to fill out the Schmitt Music Employee Application, and submit your résumé, and at least one letter of recommendation.
Please use our ONLINE APPLICATION FORM or download and print the PDF application, and mail your completed form, résumé and letter of recommendation to:

Schmitt Music
2400 Freeway Blvd.
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430