Strategic Purchaser

Crane, a premier manufacturer of fine stationery, nonwoven and currency papers, currently has an opening for a Strategic Purchaser within the Stationery Division, located in North Adams.

The Strategic Purchaser is a valuable business partner to design, operations and inventory areas of the organization. This position is responsible for procurement and inventory functions for materials from an appropriate vendor matrix that supports Crane & Co., Inc. and William Arthur’s quality and reliability goals. The incumbent will manage several commercial relationships and outsourced materials; provide expertise in the market trends, supplier management, and cost negotiations; support the division’s OGSM goals by achieving best price and highest turn on his/her products managed and on-time reliability and quality; and implement LEAN supply chain principles like supplier Kanbans.


  • Bachelor Degree in a business related area
  • Minimum of seven to 10 years' experience in Materials and Purchasing Management
  • Experience working in a large-scale LEAN manufacturing environment, as well as the printing and/or paper industry preferred
  • Highly computer literate, both in desktop applications (Excel, Word, Project, Visio, etc.) and in ERP/MRP systems
  • Strong communication, leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to develop in-depth knowledge of the accountable areas as needed, to fulfill the job functions. Minimal travel is required.
  • Knowledge of procurement law and regulation
  • APICS or ISM certification is desirable
  • Driver's license to attend Company meetings off-site at other Crane locations as well as vendor presentations or technical seminars

Please e-mail resume and cover letter to

Employment Manager
Crane & Co.