Category Manager, GRP - Indirect Materials and Services in Alcoa, TN at Arconic

Date Posted: 12/4/2019

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Job Description

Arconic is currently seeking a Category Manager – Indirect Materials and Services to join our Global Rolled Products (GRP) business unit. This position develops and executes Procurement strategies to arrive at the best total value solution for the company. The successful candidate will define the category strategy, lead sourcing initiatives, contract and manage critical supplier relationships in conjunction with key business stakeholders, procurement operations, and leadership teams. This position reports to the Procurement Director of Indirect Materials for GRP and has flexibility to be located at Pittsburgh, PA or multiple other US locations. If you are a qualified candidate and want to join a dynamic and energetic team, we encourage you to apply!
Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) is a $14 billion global leader in lightweight metals engineering and manufacturing. 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. 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 Category Manager 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. This position includes the creation of strategic vision and tactical management including execution, examples include but are not limited to:
  • Achieves Procurement targets globally or regionally for assigned categories inclusive of cost, innovation, quality, and supplier performance to assigned categories.
  • Direct responsibility for spend within the respective Indirect Materials and Services Categories.
  • Responsible for contract management of assigned categories and fully accountable for developing Supplier Metric Scorecards for Indirect Categories, where applicable.
  • Maintains business relationships with strategic suppliers and is point of contact for supplier issues within the assigned categories including issues related to service, commercial terms and contract disputes.
  • 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).
  • Executes 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). 
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.
  • Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures. 
  • Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • 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. 
  • Communication skills – the ability to summarize complex situations into actionable items for upper management.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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 Administration/Economics or similar preferred
  • 2 years international purchasing management
  • Professional certifications Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) is preferred


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