Specialists in recruiting purchasing, procurement, strategic sourcing and supply management professionals nationwide since 1990

Phone: (513)947-1000

Email: info@purchasingrecruiter.com

Connect: LinkedIn


Employer Information

At FirstSource/PurchasingRecruiter.com, we've been recruiting purchasing, strategic sourcing and supply management professionals for manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, energy/natural resource development and other industries since 1990. We recruit nationwide and for international assignments.

Together with our six affiliate offices, FirstSource/PurchasingRecruiter.com can effectively recruit locally, regionally and nationwide. We're headquartered in Cincinnati, OH with affiliate offices in:

  • Richmond, VA
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Chicago, IL
  • Denver, CO
  • Houston, TX
  • San Diego, CA

FirstSource/PurchasingRecruiter.com continually sources new contacts in the purchasing profession. Every week our comprehensive sourcing program adds hundreds of prospect profiles to our proprietary database. Our resume database of 70,000+ degreed purchasing and supply management professionals in the U.S. is unique. We're also in contact with most colleges and universities that offer purchasing or supply management degrees or certificates, to identify and connect with future talent.

Search Assignments and Fees

We conduct both confidential and non-confidential searches for clients on a contingency, engaged or retained basis. Our fees are very competitive. For specific information regarding fees and guarantees, please contact a recruiter at (513)947-1000 or email info@purchasingrecruiter.com.

Ready to Have Us Begin a Search for You or Need More Info?

To request a search for qualified candidates, please contact a recruiter at (513)947-1000 or email info@purchasingrecruiter.com.

Post Your Purchasing & Supply Management Jobs FREE!

Not ready to use our search services yet? We'll gladly post your purchasing and supply management jobs on our Home Page with links to your Careers/Job Application site or to an email address you provide. Just email the job descriptions or links you want posted to jobpost@purchasingrecruiter.com. Sorry, this offer is for employers only, not search or staffing firms.

Industries We Recruit for:


  • Aerospace
  • Ag and Construction Equipment
  • Appliances
  • Automotive
  • Biotechnology
  • Building Materials
  • Chemicals & Polymers
  • Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG)
  • Defense Equipment
  • Energy Equipment
  • Food & Beverage
  • Medical Devices
  • Metals, Casting, Stamping, Pipe
  • Mining and Minerals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Power & Mobile Equipment
  • Telecommunications
  • Tools
  • Truck, Bus & Emergency Equipment
  • Wire & Cable


  • Banking & Finance
  • Construction & Property Management
  • Energy Exploration & Development
  • Food and Beverage
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Travel and Hospitality
  • Utilities

Common Positions We Recruit for:

  • VP Purchasing, Sourcing or Supply Management for small to Fortune 500 companies and Business Units of Fortune 500 companies
  • Director/Sr Director, Purchasing, Sourcing or Supply Management
  • Manager Purchasing, Sourcing or Supply Management
  • Global Sourcing Manager/Specialist
  • Materials Manager
  • Commodity Manager/Specialist
  • Procurement Supervisor
  • Purchasing/Procurement/Sourcing Engineer
  • Contracts Administrator
  • Buyer, Senior Buyer
  • MRO Buyer
  • Buyer/Planner, Material Control Specialist
  • Value Engineering / VAVE
  • Supplier Development/Quality
  • Contract Manufacturing Buyer
  • Supply Chain Analyst



    Our Search Process...

    The key to a successful search is definition.

    The very first step in any successful search is to define the clients’ requirements according to their specific needs, profiles, and culture. We take the time to accurately define the search so that we do not waste time for the client, the candidate, or our resources. This expedites the search and results in a higher degree of successful placements.


    Once we have defined the position we...

           Identify the best potential candidates based upon the requirements for the position. Of course we review the resumes of those potential candidates who have told us they are actively seeking a new position, but more importantly, we network and cold-call to find the most qualified passive candidates and professionally market the position to them. These are the candidates most companies never see, those proven performers who are currently employed and not actively seeking new opportunities. We can maintain confidentiality if it is required.

           Evaluate each promising candidate by screening for:

    Skill Sets

    Career Goals

    Socializing Skills


    Team Focus

    Communication Skills


    Personal Goals

    Mutual Interests

    Special Assets

    Personality Traits

    Development Abilities




           Present our most qualified candidates for consideration. We forward the resumes together with our evaluation of the candidate and any additional relevant information we feel the client should know in order to make a fully informed decision.

           Coordinate interviews with hiring managers and human resources. This includes making and confirming all travel arrangements with the client and the candidates.

           Present and negotiate offers, counter-offers, benefits, relocation issues, and start date. We can also help motivate the chosen candidate to accept a reasonable offer.

           Follow-up with the client and the candidate on the start date, and occasionally throughout the first six months after hire to ensure that all parties are satisfied.


























MBA's on the move in 2018!

We recently surveyed over 1800 MBA's involved in purchasing or supply management. 44% indicated they plan to seek a new job within a year. Check with us when you have a critical role to fill.


Today's Top Talent

Harvard BA Economics –  Fortune 100 Global Director of Purchasing. 20 year career progression in 2 Fortune 100 manufacturing cos. Currently leads an international team of over fifty Purchasing Managers and buyers in thirty-two locations in twenty-one countries with a combined spend of  more than $550 million. #121002

Penn State MBA, Princeton BA, outstanding scholar-athlete award winner. Sr. Director of Strategic Sourcing/Global Logistics with continuous career progression in $10B global capital equipment/machinery and building products industries. Currently responsible for $300M of spend (direct, indirect, IT and corporate indirect) and 35 international purchasing professionals. Prefer Mid-Atlantic or European opportunities. #121003

Ohio State MBA (#1 rank in class), BSME Michigan 1992 (cum laude). GE Mfg Mgmt Development Prgrm. GE Leadership development prgrm. GE Six Sigma BB Leader. 12 year continuous progression at GE Power Systems & GE Aircraft Engines. Twelve years of management experience in diverse, global, and fast paced operational environments across GE. Areas of expertise include Advanced Manufacturing, Quality, Production Supervision, Global Procurement, Six Sigma, Business Development, Plant Rationalization, Acquisition Integration and Due Diligence. Currently Director of Sourcing for another Fortune 100 diversified capital equipment manufacturer responsible for $500M spend. Open to relo, prefers Midwest. #121004

Stanford MBA/MEM, BSME 1995, GE Corp Technical Leadership Program. 4 yrs leadership training and manufacturing management progression with GE Nuclear Energy prior to 7 year career progression in supply chain with global computer manufacturer. Currently Sr. Supply Base Development/Commodity Mgmt Manager responsible for power supply commodity.  Seeking Director-level opportunity in supply management/program management. Open to relo & international assignments. #121005

BS Purchasing, 2001.Six Sigma BB. Fast-track, up-and-coming manufacturing/supply chain manager with 5 yrs rapid career progression and record of outstanding results in a $4B corp. Now managing manufacturing and supply chain for largest production facility of an $8B consumer product mfg co. A skilled, results oriented professional with a broad competency base.  Experience in management, six sigma initiatives, purchasing, supplier relations and strategic sourcing.  Recognized for quality performance, creativity and leadership. Proactive and customer focused. Prefers Midwest. #121006

MIT MSME & MBA! BSME 2001, Nat’l Merit Scholar, magna cum laude, Supply Chain, Global Sourcing & Engineering manager in $8B global med device mfg co. and $2B industrial capital equipment mfg co. Identified, selected and partnered with External Manufacturers to support key new med device product lines. Drove design teams to achieve 40% COGS reduction for new launch program. Open to relo. #121009

MSIE, BS US MilitaryAcadamy, West Point 1993 – Supply Chain/Sourcing Manager/Director with excellent career progression and record of accomplishment managing 150 suppliers, 9 direct reports and $300M spend in $24B global construction equipment mfg, plus capital construction project management of $400M+ in power generation. SS Green Belt, CPM. Prefers Southwest. #121010

Case Western MBA/Finance, BSAeroE 1989 – Steel and power generation equipment industry background, strategic sourcing of steel, castings, forgings and capital equipment. Talented Purchasing or Materials Manager with demonstrated cost savings and supply base reductions. CPM. Open to relocation. #121011

Ohio State MBA, Purdue BSME 2001. Up-and-coming Purchasing/Supply Chain professional currently managing $175M spend for major Japanese automotive manufacturer. Seeking supply chain opportunities in R&D/New Product Development. Open to relo. #121012

Michigan State BSE/Supply Chain Mgmt 2005 grad – Commodity Manager with over 2 yrs experience in chemicals and resins, managing $25M spend for N.A. Tier 1 plants. Demonstrated ability to achieve targeted saving in assigned commodities. Open to relo. #121013

UMass MBA & MS Plastics Eng, BS Chem E 1989 – Accomplished global sourcing/third-party manufacturing VP/Director with cutting edge supply chain strategy development in plastics and consumer electronics industries. Demonstrated cost saving ability managing a $450M spend supporting 36 global production facilities. Five direct and 36 indirect reports. Open to relo. #121015

U Chicago MBA/Finance, BSME 1983 – Director of Commodity Sourcing for $5B diversified manufacturer seeking Sr. Director/VP-level role with global manufacturer. Progressive career advancement in engineering, manufacturing operations and supply chain. Comprehensive experience in global sourcing, international team development, cost-effective purchasing, supply chain management, and the total management of technical product lines. Highly skilled in the sourcing of electrical and electronic products, power tools, and information technology hardware, software and services.  Hands-on knowledge of the global supply base, production and technical capabilities, and cost structure. #121016

Xavier U MBA, BS Ops Mgmt 1995 – Director of Purchasing – Americas, building products industry. Currently lead a global procurement team with operations in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Responsible for  $90 million spend on direct materials, $85 million spend on indirect materials for operations in 3 different countries with 4 manufacturing plants. Excellent supply chain career progression with $300M global manufacturer.  Open to relo, prefers Midwest. #121017

MBA, Baldwin-Wallace, BSIM Purdue - Highly accomplished exec with Tier 1 fabricated metal component manufacturer. Currently Director, Supply Chain & Strategic Sourcing. $400 million spend responsibility. Strong background in supplier quality. CPM, CQM, CQA and Six-Sigma Black Belt. Seeking Southwest. #121018