Duties & Responsibilities:
Lead, manage and train purchasing staff in order to get the best value when procuring goods and services in terms of quality, reliability, price and delivery.
Participate in both short and long term strategy discussions.
Frequently participate in, and lead, continuous improvement workshops among Commodity Category team and others.
Prepare and issue RFx documents, evaluate bids and recommend supplier to senior management.
Conduct complex negotiations to finalize agreements and ensure that attempts to impose costs outside of the agreements are denied.
Provide direction to Purchasers on complex purchasing issues.
Lead cross functional teams in the RFx and contract management processes.
Manage projects on an as needed basis.
Achieve department performance goals.
Responsible for day-to-day procurement operations of the Commodity Category team.
Source and purchase materials as required.
Produce purchase orders from requests/requisitions and expediting to ensure timely delivery.
Manage purchase orders through to close-out and resolve any associated queries on a timely basis.
Ensure the team effectively coordinates with manufacturing to eliminate parts shortages.
Manage the Supplier Evaluation process to maintain/improve supplier relationships.
Ensure that Accounts Payable issues as applies to supplier deliveries are resolved in a timely manner.
Utilize contracts created by Strategic Sourcing to lead the team to procure materials and services as required
Lead team in the use of the competitive bid process, policies, procedures and regulations governing Purchasing, ensuring adherence to all.
Motivate and generate a positive team spirit in sometimes challenging, pressure-filled environments.
Analyze price trends and assess their impact on future activities and continually develop market knowledge
5 or more years of relevant experience.
Expertise with elements covered by the Commodity Category
Post Secondary education in Business Administration or similar discipline.
Professional certification in Supply Chain or Procurement preferred (SCMA)
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
Extensive experience in ERP systems.
Extensive knowledge of MS Office software, esp. Excel, Word, PowerPoint
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