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Passion is the pulse of Purina. You don’t have to be a pet owner, but you must be able to find your square – find passion in the work you do, the people you encounter and the opportunities you experience. Within our walls, you’ll discover ways to do what’s never been done before, and you’ll do it with integrity and expertise. Your relentless pursuit to break boundaries, pioneer new brands and revolutionize the bond between pets and people will help you fit right in. Working together, #WeStandTaller.

Buying Associate

Job Number 18008476 Company Nestle Purina PetCare Company Location Springfield, Missouri


Springfield is home to one of four Nestlé Purina litter factories, which mass produces cellulose-based cat litter, dog litter and animal bedding. Spanning 5 acres of land in the Partnership Industrial Park (200 miles southwest of St. Louis). For 50 years, brands like Tidy Cats® have combined the highest quality ingredients and science to even the most disposable products. The 70’s advanced into microencapsulated deodorant, by the 90’s we were clumping and scooping, and in 2000 we introduced Crystals® made from silica gel, and designed to last 30 days between changes. Innovation continues today. In 2013, Nestlé Purina revolutionized the cat litter category, producing LightWeight® litter, which has all the strength, but only half the weight of conventional litter. These and future innovations have created demand that our Springfield, MO plant is proud to meet.  

As a Buying Associate in Springfield, MO, you’ll be responsible for ensuring the supply of raw materials, packaging and maintenance parts to the Springfield facility. You will proactively focus on improving the quality of raw materials by maximizing efficiency and volume while simultaneously minimizing quality issues from community-collected paper. You will develop relationships with corporate purchasing regarding paper suppliers to improve the flow or cost of incoming raw materials. It will be your responsibility to work with production to manage the incinerator waste stream to maximize efficiency and minimize any disruption to the process.

  • Develop and manage supply chain processes for raw materials to maintain accurate inventory levels that meet the plant production schedule 
  • Develop relationships with current suppliers; negotiate cost and manage the shipment of raw materials. Continuously identify opportunities with existing and new suppliers to decrease the cost of incoming raw materials and deliver cost savings initiatives
  • Source and create purchase orders for maintenance parts, including both the parts tracked as inventory and non-inventory parts
  • Review inbound shipments as needed and determine if they meet quality standards. Drive NCE continuous improvement especially focusing on quality of materials and zero waste
  • Coordinate Plant recycling efforts to determine efficient recycling streams, where possible. Focus on engagement in the process and ways to build engagement in others
  • Review and process invoices from suppliers to ensure on-time payment and no disruption in materials or services



  • HS Diploma or GED

  • 1+ years’ experience in procurement, accounting, purchasing, or related (military experience applicable)

To our veterans and separated service members—you’re at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestlé Purina. The skills you’ve gained while serving our country, such as adaptability, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. We hope you’ll consider sharing in our mission—you’ll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestlé Purina home.

The Nestle companies are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers and are looking for diversity in candidates for employment: Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran

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