Manage assigned supplier relations on both a tactical and strategic level, within the guidelines of the Supply Management team’s goals for quality, delivery and cost management.
Aggressively negotiate pricing, lead times and other pertinent order terms for a diverse mix of direct materials.
Create and execute both spot-buy purchase orders and long-term sourcing agreements to meet the needs of production, engineering, and ultimately, our customers.
Review, expedite and resolve past-due orders and other material delays, while regularly communicating with both scheduling and operations to ensure fulfillment of customer requirements.
Negotiate resolution of supplier disputes on a wide range of topics while continuously working to prevent recurrence.
Collaborate directly with engineering throughout the product development process to cost new parts, suggest design modifications to reduce cost and ensure a smooth product development process.
Actively analyze market conditions, reporting notable changes to management and suggesting risk-mitigation activities as necessary.
Maintain a wide array of system parameters to ensure automated processes function fluidly and with the desired level of precision.
Occasionally assist with the management of logistical activities including parcel, LTL and full truckload freight.
Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, with a diverse audience ranging from production floor operators to business owners.
Demonstrated knowledge of basic purchasing, inventory management, and accounting business principles.
Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Outlook applications.
Exceptional ability to analyze and leverage aggregated data to improve decision making.
Initiative to identify and propose solutions for improvements in tactical processes.
Bachelor’s degree in engineering, finance or supply chain management preferred, with two to five (2 – 5) years of experience in a similar role or a combination of education and experience to include five to ten (5 – 10) years of experience with comparable responsibilities.
Previous experience in a manufacturing environment with metal fabrication experience preferred.