Assistant Purchasing Manager

Carefree of Colorado, a division of the Scott Fetzer Company and Berkshire Hathaway, is the world’s premier provider of awnings, shade products and accessories to the global Recreational Vehicle market and Marine OEM and Aftermarkets. Our industry position and financial strength have provided our employees solid careers with opportunity for professional growth throughout our 44 year history.

We have built a strong manufacturing and assembly operation by embracing LEAN principles and investing in technology and our team members. We take pride in the Quality, Value, Performance and Style our customers have come to expect.

Our continued growth has created an opportunity for an experienced manufacturing Assistant Purchasing Manager.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assists Purchasing & Planning Manager with sourcing, planning and purchasing functions to ensure effective receipt of materials with respect to timeliness, quality, and cost, in accordance with the business plan

  • Supports Buyers in the development and maintenance of contracts and/or supply agreements with suppliers of raw materials, services, and maintenance , repair & operating supplies (MRO)

  • Supports Buyers in system optimization and MRP data maintenance

  • Function as a liaison between the organization and suppliers for all sourcing and procurement related correspondence (e.g. quotations, purchase orders, contracts, evaluations, rejections, corrective actions, discrepancies, etc.)

  • Maintains and develops favorable supplier relationships

  • Leads the interaction from other company departments to resolve supplier related issues

  • Responsible for the monitoring and action to maintain proper inventory levels of assigned purchase categories to optimize working capital investment

  • Partners with other departments to identify and implement cost reduction and continuous improvement opportunities as they relate to the materials management functions

  • Analyzes and produces reports of purchasing activities and performance

  • In depth analysis of issues and barriers with overall supply chain management, mainly on material availability, inventory, and cost

  • Supports Engineering with sourcing on the development of new products

Education & Experience:

  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience in global, manufacturing/fabrication and machining facility

  • Aluminum extrusion experience

  • Previous leadership experience, with at least 5 direct reports

  • Contract Negotiations

  • Vendor Management

  • ERP & MRP working knowledge

Additional Experience, a plus

  • Die Castings

  • Plastic Injection Moldings

  • Stamped Parts

  • Springs

  • Fabric

  • Automotive & Aftermarket


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business or other technical discipline

  • Able to travel globally

  • Stable work history

  • APICS CPIM and/or CSCP certification, and/or ISM CPM certification, a plus

We offer competitive wages, growth opportunities and a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical and Life Insurance

  • Short-term and Long-term disability Insurance

  • 401(k) with a company match

  • Paid vacations and holidays

  • Tuition Reimbursement and much more

If you meet the above requirements and are interested in becoming part of our team, please send your resume and salary requirements via e-mail to [email protected], fax (303) 459-5103 or apply in person, Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 5:00pm.

All responses must include salary requirements to be considered.

Out of state candidates will be considered, but relocation assistance is not available.

Please visit our web site at for more information regarding our company.