Job TG875: Purchasing Manager

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Highlights of the Purchasing Manager Position

Our client is a leader in the Advanced Materials industry, and they’re seeking a candidate with relevant experience for an opportunity as a Purchasing Manager for their Midwest site which supports two business units within the larger organization. The successful candidate will have a chance to join a global organization that is going through a company-wide procurement transformation. The right candidate will have the ability to organize and lead a Procurement Department and be able to add structure and process where needed. This person will lead a small team of purchasing and inventory control professionals, as well as lead the sourcing for some of the of the site’s most critical commodities. The goal is for this person to bring a strategic vision to the purchasing function and be able to identify long term opportunities within the commodity group they will be leading which includes both Direct and Indirect Spend commodities. This is a progressive manufacturing environment so knowledge of Lean Manufacturing and/or Six Sigma would be highly valued. The right candidate will possess the intangibles to grow into a greater leadership role within this business unit or elsewhere within the organization.

Company Information

Our client is one of the world’s premier advanced materials products companies spanning several industries including Defense, Energy, Industrial & Aerospace, Consumer Electronics and several others. This company serves leading and emerging technology manufacturers across the globe. Our client company operates from the U.S. and 10 countries around the world. The company shares a mutual culture of innovation and collaboration allowing the varied business units to offer comprehensive and beneficial solutions to their customers. This particular location has over 600 employees and supports two business units within the larger organization focusing on performance alloys and composites.

Job Location

Midwest US

Key Responsibilities of Purchasing Manager Position

  • Help develop the procurement organization, as well as further evolve the functional aspects of procurement.  They would prefer someone that can wear many hats and be involved in not only the sourcing of the commodities in their group, but also helping to establish structure in a growing department, as well as lead and mentor others.
  • This person will be responsible for procuring a variety of commodities including Indirect Spend items required for the site.  This person will also be hands on in the procurement of Direct Spend items including Copper, Nickel, Aluminum, various other base metals, as well as Chemicals like Caustic, MC Caustic, Sulfuric, Nitric, Natural Gas and other Direct Spend commodities that will go into the manufacturing process.  Some of these are unique materials that are not bought at other business units.  Total spend will be $100+ million.
  • The goal is for this person to further develop the strategic vision of the purchasing function.  The client would like this person to be able to identify long term opportunities for the commodity group and execute that strategy in collaboration with the Director of Purchasing.
  • The person will have 2-3 direct reports focused on the Direct and Indirect Spend for this facility, as well as 2 inventory control professionals.  This person will be tasked with providing leadership to the department, organizing the purchasing function and adding structure to the procurement process where needed.  This person will also be responsible for leading the inventory control of the raw materials at the facility and insuring the needs of the production schedule are met and inventory accuracy is high.
  • This person will be work closely with Operations and will need to be responsive to the raw materials needs of the manufacturing function.  Weekly review of Production Schedule to insure raw material requirements are being met for the products being produced.
  • This person will be a part of the Leadership Team and represent the needs of their department in site leadership meetings.
  • This is a progressive manufacturing environment that utilizes Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma concepts so knowledge of these processes would be highly valued.
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of management. To facilitate autonomously to achieve mutual goals.
  • Ability to understand commodity requirements and communicate requirements to suppliers.

Essential Qualifications and/or Requirements

  • Dynamic individual that is an outside the box thinker, self starter that requires little supervision/management.  Ability to project a positive and professional image on behalf of the organization.
  • Roll up your sleeves, total cost of ownership mentality. Ability to solve problems independently.  Excellent project management skills.
  • Strong communicator that is willing to collaborate with all levels of management to meet the needs of the business unit.
  • Ideal candidate will have contracting experience and be familiar with developing Terms & Conditions.  Strong negotiator that can not only address the near term needs of the business unit, but also has the vision to understand market conditions and be able to put together long term strategies for the commodity group under their control.
  • Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, SAP experience is highly valued.
  • Possess solid oral and written communication skills to communicate effectively with suppliers and all levels of staff throughout the organization.

Desired Qualifications

  • Previous management experience is desired, as well as someone that has experience with organizing a procurement department, and establishing process.

Teldar Group
About the Author:

The Teldar Group is an Executive Search and Recruiting Firm specializing in placing professionals in Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain positions.

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