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GLOBAL CATEGORY MANAGER - 2 OPENINGS

Department: Purchasing
Location: Southfield, MI
Description

PRIMARY FUNCTION

Develop strategic supplier relationships that are consistent with the company’s vision and long-term objectives

Develop and execute category strategies in support of the company’s business objectives

Lead contract/price negotiations with suppliers to meet quality, quantity, cost and delivery requirements and to ensure best value for cost, working capital, and continuous supply

Provide leadership and support to global cross-functional teams in optimizing supplier cost and working capital for Clarience Technologies’ divisions

KEY RESULTS AREAS:

Procurement Strategy

Lead global category strategy development for the procurement of assigned categories in line with Clarience Technologies’ business strategies, including:

-Optimization/improvement of cost, quality, delivery, and working capital

-Supply contract strategy to ensure consistent, cost-effective supply

-Develop “should be” cost models to understand supplier cost

-Optimization of supply base structure (location, supplier count, etc.) and “bid list”

-Understanding and mitigation of supply risk

-Leveraging cross-divisional spend

Lead sourcing process for sourcing of new parts and/or supplier changes

Ensure effective communication of direction, progress, initiatives, and potential issues to the broader business organization

 

Financial Management

Meet/exceed budgeted goals for costs savings (PPV), working capital, and supply base optimization; drive these initiatives through the organization

Develop “should be” cost models to understand supplier/part cost and optimize purchases

Ensure adherence to the business’ financial systems & processes

Utilize cost estimating/model approach to support new business opportunities

Collaborate with NPI teams to optimize purchased cost, working capital, and quality during the product development cycle

 

People Management & Development

Support/mentor buyers and cross-functional peers throughout Clarience Technologies as a team player

Encourage win/win cross-functional relationships by facilitating discussion and gaining alignment

Possess forward thinking, strategic mindset and can communicate ideas to a broad audience

Demonstrated performance as a solution oriented, decisive leader

 

Supplier Relationship Management

Actively manage supplier performance in coordination with supplier quality, supplier development, divisional purchasing, and manufacturing

Sponsor proactive discussions and negotiations with suppliers

Ensure the business understands who the key suppliers are and their capabilities

Proactively anticipate supplier issues; act to address these and manage repercussions

Manage supplier crises to ensure supply continuity

Determine impact on suppliers of sourcing/de-sourcing business

Identify gaps in supplier performance measures and work in collaboration with supplier development and supplier quality to improve performance

Build effective networks that prove valuable to the business from a local and global perspective

 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

7-10+ years' experience in a global Purchasing/Supply Chain organization with extensive experience in manufacturing

Essential: Undergraduate degree in Business Management, Procurement/Supply Chain, Engineering and/or relevant education and experience

Desirable: Postgraduate studies in Business Management, Procurement/Supply Chain, Engineering or a related discipline

Experience operating in a global organization

Proven customer service, contract management/legal and financial/business acumen

Effective communication skills

Strong leadership, organization and negotiation skills

 

Clarience Technologies is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce.

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