Details for Job ID# M883

Date Posted - 10-8-2019

Category - Manufacturing

Position Title - Purchasing Manager - plastics

Location - Milwaukee area

Description -
Our client is a leading manufacturer of plastic closures, dispensers, spray pumps and allied products with worldwide manufacturing facilities including 10 plants in North America. Client utilizes over 14,000 employees to serve the Beauty, Personal Care and Home Care markets generating annual sales in excess of $2.5 Billion.

The North American Regional Purchasing Director is looking for an experienced Sourcing Manager to join his team and manage a purchasing category that currently consists of Colorants, Liners, Laminates, Gaskets and Dip Tubes. Position is located in a southwestern suburb of Milwaukee. Alternative location would be in Elgin, IL area.

The Category Manager establishes and implements a sourcing model for North America and will drive cost reductions through the organization and will be accountable to achieve savings. Position will work in a collaborative environment across all business segments alongside Operations, Engineering, and Finance to deliver a competitive advantage and cost savings to the organization. The position will have responsibilities for developing, implementing and communicating sourcing strategies, cost reduction initiatives delivering year over year savings, mitigating inflationary and cost increases, material cost forecasting including supporting the budget process and validating standard costs, contract negotiations, driving standardization of procurement processes and procedures, change management, supplier selection and supplier relationship management. This role will execute negotiation tactics that are aligned with the business strategy and craft and execute contracts to support.

Position Responsibilities
• Responsible as the North American leader for sourcing for Direct Materials with an annual estimated spend, within the designated field, in excess of $40mm.
• Provides leadership and sourcing and contract expertise to the business, within designated field, and interacts with internal and external customers while monitoring market trends, leading commodity and supplier profiling and disseminating information.
• Develops ideas and implements commodity strategies to improve operational efficiency, add value, aid business performance and works towards a strategy of continuous improvement.
• Works collaboratively with business, globally as required, to create a strategic vision for the department as well as driving purchasing synergies to achieve cost savings across all business units and segments.
• Develops and maintains a systematic, analytical and results based method for savings, monitoring suppliers’ performance, sourcing effectiveness and communicates results to business.
• Manages linkage to Business Unit Procurement activities to standardize and optimize leverage opportunities.
• Leads negotiation efforts on purchase agreements and supplier contracts with a bias for achievement of quality, delivery, cost containment, enhanced payment terms and process improvement.
• Initiates and implements risk management strategies and ensures supply continuity.
• Establishes low cost sourcing and alternative sources for materials.
• Creates and implements feedback mechanisms to determine customer satisfaction levels; responds to issues and concerns and collaborates with teams in managing supplier relationships.
• Designs comparison models for index based contracts.
• Conducts complex market and internal data analysis to ensure suppler performance.
• Properly reports progress of initiatives and work to resolve internal roadblocks and follow internal escalation procedures when necessary to ensure targeted savings are achieved.
• Leverages volume across major spend items, driving value to the highest possible level.
• Assesses and evaluates suppliers and conduct performance reviews to ensure contract compliance and manage performance improvement activities.

Requirements -
• Bachelor’s degree in a business, finance, engineering, or supply chain.
• Advanced degree/ MBA are ideal.
• CPM or APICS or Green or Black belt Certification a plus
• 8+ years experience in strategic sourcing, plant procurement, and project management and supply chain management.
• Experience in the defined Category (Color and Plastic/Film) is highly preferred.
• Experience in Contract and Project Management
• Excellent financial analysis and strong negotiation skills.
• Expertise in strategic sourcing and contract/project/supply chain management.
• Able to build strong relationships across company personnel as well as suppliers.
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with all levels of the organization including executive leadership and plant operations personnel.
• Effective communication and presentation skills with the ability to facilitate projects/initiatives.
• Ability to manage change effectively.
• Organizational skills with strong problem solving ability
• Proficient with Microsoft Office.
• SAP and Ariba knowledge preferred
• Ability to communicate in multiple languages a plus.

Compensation -
Salary is negotiable, depending upon experience presented, to 120K plus 15% bonus opportunity. No relocations. Must currently live in pre-defined areas.

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