Procurement Operations Strategic Buyer - Davenport, IA in Davenport, IA at Arconic

Date Posted: 9/15/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Primary Purpose of the Job
• Business Unit Strategic Buyer executes on relevant Procurement strategies, measurements and activities in close cooperation with Business Unit Procurement Plant Lead and Business Unit Procurement Engineers.
• The overall goal is to achieve the best total cost position for all external spend of the respective Business Unit plant, the lowest sourcing risks, best supplier performances while ensuring highest efficiency and effectiveness of the BU Plant Procurement team.
• He/she ensures the optimal collaboration of BU Plant Procurement with BU Procurement Engineering as well as with Global Category Management and Regional Procurement to achieve best procurement results
Major Activities/Key Challenges
• Reports to Business Unit Procurement Plant Lead
• Supports all relevant Plant Procurement Operations functions
• Works in close conjunction and alignment with Business Unit Procurement Engineers
• Executes on savings initiatives and initiates counter measures if necessary
• Performance areas: Cost Savings (SRT), Supplier performance, challenging of material & service specifications (demand management)
• Communicates Supplier issues to Business Unit Procurement Operations Director and Category Management
• Participates in supplier meetings jointly with Category Lead, Business Unit Procurement Engineer and/or Country Lead if relevant for the Plant  
• Additional Plant Specific Activity
Essential Knowledge & Skills/Education
• 3 years of previous work experience in purchasing management
• Technical understanding preferred
• Communication and negotiation skills
• Results and Customer-oriented
Major Customers
• RU:  BU Procurement Manager, BU Procurement Engineering Team, other BU Strategic Buyers, Global Category Management Group, Capital Procurement, SCM, FSS, IT
• BU:  BU plant managers, BU Plant sales and BU plant engineers
• External: benchmarking contacts, supplier contacts in alignment with BU Plant Procurement Global Category Management Group


Basic Qualifications
  • 3 years' previous work experience in purchasing management / procurement.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in one of the following: Business, Management, Supply Chain, Logistics, IT, Politics, Policy, Finance, Accounting, Data Science/Analytics, Marketing/Communications, Economics, Mathematics, or Engineering.
  • 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:
  • Strong problem solving and collaboration experience.
  • Experience with Kaizen events or Lean manufacturing. 
  • CPM or other applicable industry certifications.
  • Experience working in a highly matrixed environment.


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