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Category Manager – Indirect Materials and Services in Lancaster, PA at Arconic

Date Posted: 5/16/2019

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Position Description:
Arconic is currently in search of a Category Manager – Indirect Materials and Services to join our Global Rolled Products (GRP) business unit.
At Arconic, our goal is to be the best company in the world! Arconic serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, and industrial markets. We bring design, engineering, production, and other capabilities of Arconic’s businesses as a single source solution for our customers.  GRP’s mission is to be the world’s leading aluminum producer with the widest variety of coil, sheet and plate products in the world.
Primary Responsibilities: 
•         The overall goal is to achieve the best total cost position for all external spend within the assigned Categories, the lowest sourcing risks, and best supplier performances to ensure the highest efficiency and effectiveness of the Procurement team.
•         Category Management is responsible for an assigned set of categories and contracts within Indirect Materials and Services.  This specific role will be accountable for definition of the category strategy, leading sourcing initiatives, contracting and the management of critical supplier relationships in conjunction with key business stakeholders, procurement operations and leadership teams. 
•         He/she serves as the point of contact for supplier issues within the assigned categories including issues related to service, commercial terms and contract disputes.
•         He/she must execute global best-in-class procurement processes using state-of-the-art procurement IT software support, ensuring the Procurement organization is utilizing the maximum potential within global and local markets (Cost Savings, Innovation, Quality, Logistics).
  • This position will report directly to the Procurement Director of Indirect Materials for GRP.
Major Activities/Key Challenges:
•         Direct responsibility for spend within the respective Indirect Materials and Services Categories.
•         Achieve Procurement targets globally or regionally for assigned categories inclusive of cost, innovation, quality, and supplier performance to assigned categories
•         Develops and executes Procurement strategies to arrive at the best total value solution for the company
•         Maintains business relationships with representatives of strategic suppliers for Indirect Materials and Services.
•         Leads, co-leads, or supports commercial sourcing activity across assigned Indirect Materials and Services categories as required to meet company objectives (e.g. e-Auction, RfX processes)
•         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 authoring and Terms and Conditions negotiations with suppliers classified in assigned categories and projects
•         Accountable for Performance areas: Cost Savings (SRT), Supplier performance, challenging of material & service specifications (demand management)
•         The candidate will be responsible for contract management of assigned categories and fully accountable for developing Supplier Metric Scorecards for Indirect Categories, where applicable.
•         The position requires travel, average 25% of the time. Some of the travel may be international with the majority being in North America.  Travel will generally be planned well in advance.
•         The position may require relocation; this will be determined on a case-by case basis.   This position could be located in Pittsburgh, PA; Knoxville, TN; Davenport, IA; or Lancaster, PA.


Basic Qualifications:
•         Bachelor’s degree in Business, Management, Supply Chain, Logistics, Information Technology, Politics/Political Science, Policy, Finance, Accounting, Data Science/Analytics, Marketing/Communications, Economics, Mathematics, 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.
Preferred Qualifications:
•         MBA in Business Administration/Economics or similar preferred
•         2 years international purchasing management
•         Decision-making
•         Communication and negotiation skills
•         Project Management
•         Innovative, Strategic thinker
•         Customer-oriented with business acumen
•         Demonstrated flexibility in her/his ability to flex between multiple categories/suppliers
•         Professional certifications Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) is preferred


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