Purchasing Manager

Hot Topic HQ - City of Industry, California - Full-time


Do you have organization skills so strong that your name might as well be Hermione? We’re looking for a Purchasing Manager to join our team! In this role, you will know the strategy of procuring the best valued products at the best price and best terms. As we continues to grow, purchasing responsibilities change and expand with that growth. This position requires good time management, ability to support current buying processes and nimble enough to change hats from one minute to the next.  Key for this position, is a leader that will oversee a purchasing team and keep the team moving forward on daily tasks and motivated to always complete their work to the best of their abilities.  Your good coaching skills, listening skills and forecasting for the future will strengthen your team.


  • Manage the procurement of non-merchandise products and services, supplies, maintenance contracts and capital equipment/fixtures
  • Negotiate with existing and new sources to ensure optimal pricing, order quantities, service levels, quality specifications and inventory targets are attained
  • Review and release purchase orders including PO revisions and vendor management
  • Reviews purchase order claims and contracts for compliance with the Company’s operating policies and procedures
  • Provide analysis of RFP responses for management review including pricing models, cost/price analysis, and return on investment. You'll serve as a liaison between departments and vendors and ensure a smooth process
  • Develop and implement purchasing guidelines that ensure we are procuring materials at market prices or below
  • Develop policies and procedures and ensures department compliance of Sarbanes-Oxley regulations. While you’re at it, you’ll also develop product/service specifications for vendor compliance
  • Oversee the implementation of store special projects and ensures deadlines are met
  • Lead and develop a team of Purchasing Agents; you realize that your success is collectively, and invest the appropriate time and effort in mentoring your group
  • Manage or arrange for the disposal of surplus materials
  • Propose improvements to current processes and improve vendor relationships
  • Develop metrics for gauging inventory level needs enabling maintenance of appropriate inventory throughout the year


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or a related a plus
  • At least 5 years’ progressive experience in purchasing
  • Strong leadership skills demonstrating leading a team to success
  • Lawson, purchasing application knowledge beneficial
  • CPSM or CPM credentials a plus
  • Professional composure. Able to interact with every department of the company with staff at every level