Purchasing Manager in Lafayette, IN at Arconic

Date Posted: 10/19/2019

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Job Description

Arconic is currently seeking a Purchasing Manager to join our Global Rolled Products/Extrusions (GRP/AEX) Operations business unit at our Lafayette, IN facility. This position is directly responsible for the BU Plant Procurement targets. The successful candidate will collaborate BU Plant Procurement with Global Category Management to achieve best procurement results. If you are a qualified candidate that is looking to join an organization that is primed for growth and promotes from within, we encourage you 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
Position Profile: The overall goal of the Purchasing Manager is to achieve the best total cost position for all external spend of the respective plant, the lowest sourcing risks, and the best supplier performances for the plant and procurement team. The Purchasing Manager develops and leads the plant procurement team and store room department.
Essential Functions: The Purchasing Manager position includes both creation of strategic vision, and tactical management including execution of the following essential functions, examples include but are not limited to:
  • Responsible for the Plant Procurement Operations function
  • Leads Strategic Buyers and Procurement Operations Specialists
  • Leads the category strategies for all indirect materials and services for the location
  • Works in close conjunction and alignment with the Capital procurement team
  • Owns savings targets on Plant-specific spends
    • i.e. Performance areas: Cost Savings Supplier performance, challenging of material & service specifications (demand management), procurement organizational efficiency
  • Monitors and controls plant procurement target achievement and initiates counter measures if necessary
  • Communicates supplier issues to BU Procurement Director
  • Participates in supplier meetings directly for negotiations and supplier management  
    Essential Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of 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.
  • Communication skills – the ability to summarize complex situations into actionable items for upper management.
  • People development – ability to coach and mentor teams to become their best.
  • 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, Economics, or Engineering from an accredited Institution
  • 5 years of experience in purchasing 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:
  • Proven leadership in purchasing management
  • Professional certifications Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) is preferred


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