Category Manager in Niles, OH at Arconic

Date Posted: 7/7/2019

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Arconic Engineered Structures (AES) is seeking a Category Manager for the AES Business Unit. This position is primarily responsible for commodity categories including but not limited to Metal Mill Products, Titanium, Alloys and Elementals as well as the management of critical supplier relationships in conjunction with the AES Category Lead or Global Director of Procurement Operations. This position will be based in Northeast Ohio. The ideal candidate must be able to execute global best-in-class procurement processes and ensure the Procurement organization is utilizing the maximum potential within the Global, North American and local markets. We encourage qualified applicants with a desire to join an organization dedicated to rapid growth to apply.

Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) is a $14 billion global leader in lightweight metals engineering and manufacturing. Arconic’s innovative multi-material products, which include aluminum, titanium, and nickel, are used primarily in aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation, building and construction, defense, and industrial applications. Arconic employs more than 40,000 people in over 25 countries around the world.
Strong base salary plus variable compensation bonus structure
Generous Health Benefits beginning day 1; medical, life, dental and vision plans
401(k) Program with a Company Match (up to 6%)
Retirement contribution (3%)
Competitive annual vacation accrual
10 annual paid holidays
Profile: The primary purpose of this role is the management of the assigned commodity categories, management of supplier relationships, including the point of contact for the BU on supplier issues including issues related to service, commercial terms, contract disputes and supplier strategy. The overall goal is to achieve the best total cost position and develop optimal sourcing strategies while managing/controlling internal raw material inventories for all external spend within these Categories to ensure the highest efficiency and effectiveness of the AES Procurement team.
Essential Functions: The Category Manager, Metal Mill Products position includes both creation of strategic vision, and tactical management including execution, examples include but are not limited to:  
  • Direct responsibility for spend within the respective Categories of Metal Mill Products, Titanium, Alloys and Elemental products across our AES business locations in North America;
  • Achieve Procurement targets across AES for assigned categories of Metal Mill Products, Titanium, Alloys and Elemental Products (cost, innovation, quality);
  • Develops and executes Procurement strategies such as Low-Cost Country Sourcing strategies;
  • Maintains business relationships with representatives of strategic suppliers for assigned categories;
  • Collaborates with other Procurement Operations team members and Business Unit Maintenance and Engineering functions using forums such as workshops to achieve category cost savings targets;
  • Leads, co-leads, or supports commercial sourcing activity across all assigned categories as required to meet BU and Company objectives;
  • Leads, co-leads, or supports non-commercial events as required to meet objectives, including, but not limited to Kaizen workshops, Working Capital/Inventory Workshops;
  • Executes contract negotiations on commercial terms and conditions with suppliers classified in category or as assigned by Procurement leadership;
  • Accountable for Performance areas such as Cost Savings (SRT), Supplier performance, Productivity improvement and reviews of material & service specifications (demand management) opportunities;
  • Develop and execute commercial plans on a year over year basis in accordance with business unit objectives;
  • Work with the commercial sales organization as needed to ensure that supplier contracts align with commercial programs as applicable and are aligned with the term of the agreements placed with our customers;
  • Communicate with a wide range of stakeholders in finance, operations, engineering, business unit leadership; influence metal buyers/planners to ensure successful execution of contract parameters.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Mastery of Technology Skills —Oracle E-Business Suite, SAP; Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel; Office Suite software: Microsoft Office
  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, government regulations, executive orders, and agency rules.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences. 
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Disciplined Execution — Job requires partnering with the Operations team through daily execution of the financial plan. When required, he/she will need to be able to dive into details to ensure financial success.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Management, Supply Chain, Logistics, Information Technology, Finance, Accounting, Data Science/Analytics, Marketing/Communications, Economics, Mathematics, or Engineering from an accredited Institution
  • Minimum 5 years previous work experience in Procurement or Commodity Management
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. ‘Green Card Holder’) Political Asylee, or Refugee.  
Preferred Qualifications:
  • MBA in Business, Business Administration, Economics or Finance
  • 2 years international purchasing management
  • 2 years previous work experience with metals and raw materials sourcing


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