Position PurposeThe primary function of this position is to manage the timely and cost-effective procurement of direct and indirect materials and services for Procurement Center locations. These activities include but are not limited to; supporting the strategic procurement process, execution of national, regional, and/or local agreements to include team-based bid processes, negotiations, supplier selection/development, and contract management.Within an assigned procurement region, this position is responsible for managing and defining the procurement process of necessary maintenance and repair contracts and agreements in a timely, economical, and efficient manner in order to meet manufacturing goals. Goals are met by implementing and maintaining effective relationships with current suppliers as well as developing new supply sources within their designated area. The Associate Buyer will coordinate activities with procurement, logistics, plant management, operations and maintenance, and accounting personnel to meet supply and demand goals.Principal Accountabilities?50% Inform & implement sourcing strategiesAccountable for achieving individual tactical sourcing targets and goalsCoordinate day to day activities related to alignment and implementation of strategic sourcing activities.?Establish and maintain on-going tracking metrics at the local level.Provide leadership in driving projects to support a culture of innovation and continuous improvementFocus on development of projects to promote workforce productivity and customer centricityIdentify and support continuous improvement project opportunities20% Manage/execute procurement transaction processesEnsure requests are processed for procurement of materials/goods, services and/or supplies for local use from various plant/location staff or a procurement/inventory management system (e.g. SAP) for nondiscretionary, contracted spend, such as stock replenishment or planned spend.Use discretion to procure requests for new materials/goods, services and/or supplies for local use from existing supplier contracts and within established, moderate dollar limits.Delegate administrative duties to support staff as appropriate (e.g. processing procurement requests and preparing purchase orders, scheduling/expediting/confirming delivery, coordinating return of rejected items etc.).Identify short to medium-term supply chain issues and works with plant/location staff to define and implement solutions.20% Provide procurement support & planningWith oversight from the Sr. Procurement Supervisor, work with plant/location staff to gather information and apply a general understanding of plant operations to provide general forecasting of short to medium term supply needs and ensure purchasing plan is aligned.?Conduct research and analysis (e.g. internal/external data from traditional and non-traditional/non-structured data sources) requiring a basic understanding of operations and business requirements(e.g. marketing projections for existing products, production plans etc.) as well as sourcing environment (e.g. suppliers, cost drivers, market risk).Act as subject matter expert on multi-functional, local project teams.10%
Manage supplier events & relationshipsIn coordination with the Sr. Procurement Supervisor, select suppliers for procurement of non-contracted materials/goods, services and/or supplies which are considered non-leveraged, local spend (as defined by Strategic Sourcing policies) within established dollar limits, including:Gathering and performing basic analysis of internal spend dataGathering specifications/requirements from internal stakeholdersResearching unique and alternative supplier options?Collecting supplier bids and performing basic analysis of results?Negotiating less complex contract terms and conditionsResponsibility for relationship management for local suppliers with oversight from the Sr. Procurement Supervisor or Strategic Sourcing BSST.
Some discretion to develop and leverage existing local supplier partnerships.Works with applicable plant/location staff to research and resolve less complex supplier issues; escalates significant issues to Sr. Procurement Supervisor or and/or Strategic Sourcing organization as appropriate.This position is posted internally as well as externallySkills:
Required QualificationsBachelor?s Degree preferably in Supply Chain, Business, Finance or related degree program and 1+years of related work experience OR 5+ years of procurement experience.Proficient skills using the Microsoft Suite -Word, Excel and PowerPointStrong analytical and problem solving skills?Ability to think strategically and build relationships with internal and external customers?Strong communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills?Proven business and financial acumen?Preferred QualificationsSAP Systems knowledgeManufacturing or Logistics experience?Category management experience (Logistics, Ingredients, Packaging, etc.)Experience negotiating with suppliers?Comprehensive knowledge of advanced principles, concepts and practices in following areas: procurement, computer based inventory systems and manufacturing operations