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Purchasing Manager

Company: Atkore International
Location: New Bedford
Posted on: June 6, 2018

Job Description:


Atkore International is a publically traded industry leader manufacturing Electrical Raceway and Mechanical Products & Solutions, serving a wide range of construction, electrical, fire and security and mechanical applications. We successfully executed an initial public offering on June 10, 2016. Our business is comprised of two reporting segments, Electrical Raceway and Mechanical Products & Solutions, with total annual revenue of $1.6 B. Electrical Raceway has 2 business units, Cable Solutions and Conduit & Fittings, totaling just over $1B in annual revenue. Mechanical Products is a stand-alone business unit with about $600M in annual revenue. Our global locations include 24 manufacturing and distribution centers in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, China, Australia, and New Zealand with over 3,000 employees.

We are seeking an experienced professional to execute a global supply chain and delivery model yielding the highest quality products in the shortest possible time at the lowest total cost of ownership. As an integral member of the Global Supply team, you will interface heavily with external suppliers, internal manufacturing, engineering, and sales team members to improve inventory performance, cost, delivery, quality, and lead time.

The Purchasing Manager requires extensive experience in all phases of Procurement and Contract Management in support of Manufacturing. The ideal candidate will have a strong working knowledge of MRP concepts and specific ERP packages, Inventory Control and Logistics/Freight. The Purchasing Manager closely monitors commodity markets to identify risks and opportunities, both short and long term, and develops strategies and tactics to address those elements. The incumbent analyzes production requirements and orders material to ensure an uninterrupted flow of goods and services sufficient to support the master production schedule. This position will also identify and develop new sources of supply and new/alternative materials in support of the business unit s production team and its cost reduction efforts.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
* Responsible for developing the strategic course and tactics for Purchasing activities as well as direct hands-on support of those activities.
* Performs cost and supply analysis and develops optimized purchasing plan for major commodities (e.g., steel, copper, aluminum, zinc, PVC, packaging, components, equipment and services).
* Responsible for global supply planning of all purchased commodities, products and materials.
* Develops and maintains Purchasing master data and insures the data reflects current market and company conditions.
* Develops new domestic and global supply sources as needed, and pro-actively identifies potential future sources to be evaluated and qualified.
* Investigates and implements cost saving proposals including alternative sourcing, alternative materials, optimized supply planning, supplier and material consolidation, and efficient freight-in costs.
* Interacts closely with suppliers and QA to resolve supplier quality issues. Acts as primary point of contact with the supplier and leads all communications related to quality or service.
* Monitors commodity markets for variability in pricing and supply.
* Develops, reviews, and obtains Legal approval for proposed supply contracts.
* Design and execute supply strategies to achieve targeted working capital budget.
* Calculate need for and execute purchase requisitions through conversion to and placement of purchase orders or schedule agreement releases.
* Evaluate supply chain abilities to support ad-hoc or un-forecasted demand changes.
* Provide appropriate definition of priorities to sources of supply whenever supply is constrained. Support allocation processes as required.
* Participate in and contribute to sales and operations planning (S&OP) processes.
* Interface with multiple departments to address process exceptions including material shortages, accounts payable discrepancies, receiving issues, etc.
* Identify opportunities, develop options and recommendations to continuously drive process and product innovation.
* Insure process compliance of calculating purchasing cost objectives within a Total Costing methodology.
* Aid in the development, monitoring, and maintenance of key performance metrics.
* Drive continuous improvement across the business and team capabilities by applying lean methodologies and driving consensus through leadership and team building
* Mentor and develop peer and junior team members to elevate group capabilities.

Experience/Skill Requirements
* Demonstrated analytic and problem solving capabilities. Able to draw conclusions and provide business insight from working with multiple sets of data.
* Business acumen to make tough, high value sourcing decisions based on sound business practices
* Commodity market sourcing experience in one or all of these raw materials: steel coil, aluminum sheet/strip, copper cathode or rod, and plastics/nylon resins.
* Experience working with both internal and external sources of supply.
* Contract development, review and implementation with external parties.
* Superior negotiation skills covering all aspects of sourcing, procurement, services, and product development.
* Strong decision-making abilities driven by data analysis, and the ability to structure and execute that analysis.
* Functional knowledge of supplier processes, supplier quality management including auditing and supplier scorecards.
* Ability to work indepenently with the demonstrated ability to establish priorities, plan workload and establish commitments for task completion
* Functional knowledge of general Manufacturing, Engineering, Quality and business processes. Knowledge of and experience in a TQM environment.
* Requires experience in both a manual environment as well as ERP applications (JD Edwards preferred).
* Superior communication skills with the ability to develop and present complex data and recommendations.
* Global sourcing experience with low cost countries a plus.
* Ability to travel up to 25% if required.

* 7 10 years of relevant procurement or supply chain materials management experience in support of a manufacturing operation.
* Five years supervisory experience with at least two direct reports. Must possess potential for advancement into higher level management roles.
* Demonstrated success with developing a strategic procurement approach in parallel to tactical hands-on engagement.
* Bachelor s Degree required in Supply Chain Management, Business, Engineering or any major related to the job description.
* Experience in a Lean manufacturing environment required with demonstrated success in continuous improvement activity.
* Six Sigma experience required; Green Belt certification preferred. Kaizen leadership/facilitation experience preferred.
* Current professional certifications preferred (e.g., APICS, ISM).
* Advanced capabilities in the Microsoft Office suite of products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) required.
* Demonstrated history of success as an Agent of Change.
* Exemplary communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal).

Atkore s mission is to be the customer s first choice for electrical raceway and mechanical products and solutions, by providing unmatched quality, delivery, and value based on sustainable excellence in strategy, people and process.

We are able execute on our mission through our core values.

Atkore International is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate because of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital or family status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, military veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Keywords: Atkore International, New Bedford, Purchasing Manager, Executive, New Bedford, Massachusetts

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