Mendocino Forest Products Company, LLC

Purchasing Agent

Job Locations US-WA-Washougal
Job ID 2023-2672


As a member of the purchasing team, the successful candidate will be responsible for the profitable purchase of lumber and related inventory items for our treating plants. This individual will work closely with the local treating plant managers, sales teams, and distribution personnel to manage the day to day purchasing function with a focus on maintaining a 100% in stock position of inventory items at profitable price levels based on a current forecast of demand. Monitor actual sales volume to the demand adjusting as warranted.


The base salary for this position is $85,000.00 to $110,000.00.  Your final base salary compensation will be determined based on factors such as geographic locations, skills, education and/or experience.  Please keep in mind that that the range published is the full base salary. We also offer a generous benefits package.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Responsibility for dimension lumber, round stock, timbers, and plywood purchases along with inventory management for the assigned treating plant location.
  • Coordinate with operations to facilitate an optimal flow of desired raw material through the treating plants, sourcing the lowest cost for targeted product quality
  • Demonstrable experience in negotiating prices, terms, and conditions.
  • Full time inventory management responsible for purchasing, daily communication with sales and operations, and special orders quote support.
  • Maintain acceptable inventory positions and competitive cost levels to optimize margin opportunities.
  • Verify purchases by comparing items ordered; clarifying shortages/overages and sourcing alternatives as needed.
  • Enter purchase orders into system, verifying specifications and price.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with mills and other vendors to perpetuate proper stock levels and cost containment.
  • Communicate with sales and purchasing team members regarding market conditions, supply trends, price trends, and any product opportunities
  • Foster a “best practices” environment with peers from other locations for improved purchasing procedures
  • Manage multiple priorities, work with a sense of urgency and demonstrate problem solving skills when needed
  • Other duties may be assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year College or University, preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of lumber purchasing experience, preferably for a manufacturing or distribution operation within the building materials industry.
  • Basic Algebra and Geometry skills
  • Sales and trader experience an added plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical, planning, and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Lumber Track an added plus.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in the work environment; manage competing demands; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.


Travel Requirements:

  • Travel by car or plane as required for success, less than 10% of the time.


Physical Requirements: 

  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit for extended periods of time, and communicate
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, or lift
  • The employee is regularly required to use wrists and fingers to type for extended periods of time
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to ten pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this position include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus



Quality of work

Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.



Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.


Oral & Written Communication

Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information; communicates efficiently with supervisor and other employees.


Organizational Support

Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values.


Problem Solving

Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.


Adaptability & Dependability

Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events; Follows instructions, responds to leadership direction; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals. Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.


Equal Opportunity Employer, Valuing Diversity of our Workforce and Offering a Drug Free Workplace


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