Careers at RTC

Associate Buyer

Job Location
Rolling Meadows IL USA
HR Contact
Robin Yoder
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Job Description

About RTC

RTC focuses on continual improvement, evolving our capabilities, and reinvesting in our business to deliver higher-performing solutions for our clients. Brands and retailers require more strategic thinking on the shopper experience, higher levels of innovation, a more effective process for managing customer-specific requirements, access to a broader array of manufactured solutions, and the capability to orchestrate a broader and more complex supply chain. Learn more at

Information about RTC and our benefits are listed here and details about the job opening are below.

Why should you consider a career at RTC?


  • 401(K) Plan with company match (we also offer a Roth option!
  • Hybrid work from home program offered
  • Health Insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield (choose from two PPO plans and one HMO plan based on your deductible comfort level)
  • Dental Insurance with two plan options (both PPO Plans)
  • Flexible Spending for Health and/or Dependent Care
  • Commuter Transit benefit
  • Critical illness benefit
  • Life Insurance (we cover 3 times your salary - you can purchase more)
  • Short-Term Disability Coverage (we'll cover this for you too - you can choose to purchase long-term disability)
  • 2 weeks of paid Parental Leave
  • 16 PTO Days (full year)
  • 9 Paid Holidays
  • Tuition Assistance 


  • Fun Friday Hours - get a head start on your weekend by leaving at 2:30 every Friday (year-round!)
  • Volunteer Time Off (VTO) plus company-sponsored volunteer events.


  • PTO is encouraged not only for vacations but mental health breaks.
  • Work/Life resources such as Legal, Financial, and Counseling are available through our Employee Assistance Program.
  • Discounts to eligible fitness centers for associates enrolled with Blue Cross.
  • Preventative Care is covered at 100% (annual check-ups and screenings).
  • Lactation rooms are available for new mothers at the Rolling Meadows location.
  • Annual flu clinic at Romeoville and Rolling Meadows for our associates and any dependents covered on our health plan.  Flu shots are covered by insurance if the associate elects to go elsewhere.


Career Development & Training 

We encourage your professional growth and development.  We offer mentors with deep industry experience, and management who will assist you in defining and realizing your short and long term career goals and a variety of opportunities for training and advancement.


Key Responsibilities

Primary deliverables will include the following:

  • Define key opportunities and purchasing strategies for a chosen portfolio.
  • Lead and implement projects and action plans through the development of dependable and competitive suppliers.
  • Initiate and manage key domestic and offshore purchases.
  • Identify and support the qualification of alternate/new sources of supply.
  • Support Estimating Department in the preparation of estimates, as required.
  • Implement processes that will ensure compliance to all global, state and federal shipping regulations involving our products.
  • Recommend alternate processes for manufacturing or materials used in order to improve costs, quality, lead time, and overall value. 
  • Negotiate contracts on a regional and global level within defined portfolio.
  • Perform supplier evaluations and implement corrective actions.
  • Maintain detailed current professional knowledge using various external and internal resources.  Offer training, subject matter expertise, and assistance to other purchasing personnel, and other RTC associates.
  • Work with the team to enhance productivity through the implementation of new tools and processes.
  • Special projects as assigned or required.



Bachelor’s Degree (in a business-related field).


Experience and Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of experience in domestic and/or offshore purchasing, with applicable direct material purchasing experience.    
  • Expertise in offshore (APAC, Mexico, Europe) purchasing and supply chain management of bulk components and finished goods.
  • Experience in purchasing plastic resin and injection molded materials preferred. 
  • Depth of knowledge of global market conditions and the impact on the specific cost drivers of those products under her/his responsibility.
  • Proven project management skills to facilitate and complete project objectives on schedule, achieving required results.
  • Strong negotiation skills, striving for the best results related to cost, quality, and customer shipping requirements.
  • Proven knowledge of demand management and replenishment principles and tools, and the ability to execute such principles.
  • Knowledge of operations/business system software and the proven ability to support business requirements with detailed analytics.
  • Proven leadership capabilities with the ability to coordinate and communicate activities between internal departments as well as with external suppliers.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) are required.


RTC is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Women, individuals of all ethnicities, people with disabilities (intellectual and physical) and Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  We are dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law.