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Buyer ­ Capital and MRO in Sumter, SC at Continental

Date Posted: 12/6/2018

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    Sumter, SC
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Job Description


Primary responsibility for optimizing working capital of the plant through effective sourcing and strategy of Capital Goods, Maintenance, and/or Repairs for the Plant in agreement with the overall targets of the PLT Division. Candidate is also responsible for working closely with Plant Engineering and Management to ensure support of all purchases on the local level below a certain dollar value. The sourcing responsibility incorporates all indirect material necessary for the tire production including but not limited to machines, accessories, spare parts, building / civil works and utilities. Candidate must be able to ensure proper coordination with Regional and Central Investment departments.

Areas of Responsibility

• Heavy focus on MRO, identify, develop and create a strategy for MRO items at the plant and the rest of the commodities under responsibility
• Analyze the current situation of MRO spend, existing suppliers to be able to define and implement a complete mid to long term strategy for MRO items at the plant
• Project leader for the new spare parts massive requirements for phase two of the plant, customer meetings, organize working package, drive a sourcing strategy and implement local sourcing when possible, find possible storage solutions, and consignment agreements for spare parts if applicable
• Execute spot buys for emergency situations and follow up the entire logistic process until the part arrived to the plant to prevent shut down
• Ensure that Quote Policy and Procurement Guidelines are met with the requirements received under commodities under your responsibility
• Ensure Requisitions are processed timely in SAP
• Responsible for preparation, lead and conclusion of negotiations for local / plant capital invest, facilities services, and Storeroom items, including but not limited to order placement and documentation, in accordance with the Central NPM/Capital Investment Guidelines
• Effective communication to internal customer(s) and external supplier(s)
• Assist in development of the Scope of Work when requested
• Lead and/or participate in supplier meetings
• Review procedures within area of responsibility to ensure conformance with requirements, policies and procedures
• Implementation of a local supplier and purchasing strategy in-line with the strategies of the central Purchasing Departments. Focus is in the total cost of ownership
• Lead Make-or-Buy and Value-Engineering Projects
• Lead on negotiation to reduce cost on all projects
• Support supplier reduction including value analysis to identify cost improvements and provide supplier management through use of preferred suppliers
• Extend supplier payment terms when feasible
• Complete Non-Disclosure Agreements, utilizing legal approved form, for any supplier coming on site
• Contract management, completion of Service Agreements, follows documents through the Contract Approval Tool (CAT)
• Completion of Sourcing documentation and general procurement procedures as necessary, utilizing a Sourcing Decision Sheet for all orders over certain dollar value, contract management, completion of Service Agreements, follow documents through the Contract Approval Tool (CAT)
• Follow up on orders and delivery timing
• Update, track and modify Purchase Orders as necessary
• Understand the local market and have useful data on local suppliers, identify and develop suppliers under the sourcing strategy. This includes the evaluation of suppliers, conducting visits/audits if necessary.
• Knowledge transfer about special country regulations for foreign suppliers
• Follow up of progression of payments/bank guarantees when necessary. Support on credit holds and resolve price discrepancies for PO's under your responsibility
 Reporting:
• provide information to management in support of various meetings
• provide updates to management for continuous improvement of plant purchasing activities
• provide updates of respective area during scheduled staff meetings
• create monthly Savings chart for KPI reporting
• Perform other duties as assigned by Purchasing Manager / Operations Manager

Basic Qualifications
• Bachelors Degree - Business, Engineering or related degree required
• 3+ years of purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment
• SAP Experience
• Project Management Experience
• Proven Negotiation Skills
• Experience driving a category strategy for MRO or commodity
• Legally authorized to work in the United States

Preferred Qualifications
• Previous experience dealing with international vendors and colleagues


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