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Centralized Buyer

Posted By:
Naomi Taylor
Posting ID:
Duluth Mn
Category:Purchasing / Procurement
Listing Type:Job
Employment:Full Time
Company:Company Confidential

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This position will play a critical role in the development, implementation
and communication of centralized commodity-based strategies that are
designed to improve the cost, quality and delivery of purchased products.
With a primary concentration on enterprise-wide value management aimed at
improving service and reducing the Total Cost of Ownership of products and
services, the Centralized Buyer position will contribute significantly to
operational and supply chain performance. This role will have ownership
and/or direct participation in sourcing/contracts management,
supplier/customer relationship management, continuous improvement
initiatives, and procurement of assigned commodities.

. Lead the development, implementation, and alignment of corporate-wide
strategies for key
commodities and spend categories to achieve business objectives
. Standardize procurement practices across districts to a 'best practices'
. Organize and lead program status meetings; present progress reports and
improvement plans
. Promote the commodity-based procurement philosophy to educate stakeholders
and drive business improvements
. Ensure organizational financial goals are met, including budget, service
levels, and savings
. Interface with stakeholder functional groups to ensure needs are assessed,
understood, and
incorporated into the program's direction
. Build a network of information and trust throughout the organization
. Pursue continuous improvement / TCO projects both internally and
externally together with Operations, Maintenance, Engineering and Suppliers

Procurement Responsibilities:

. Manage procurement of assigned commodities in agreement with district and
corporate policies and objectives
. Automate the Procure-to-Pay process through Ellipse functionality
. Continually work to improve data accuracy and systems integrity
. Review items set to bypass purchasing to ensure they still meet the
procedural selection criteria
. Review requisitions prior to going suppliers for some items on auto
reorder to ensure accuracy

Supplier Management
. Track and analyze performance metrics for suppliers within the category
groups to develop and
implement improvement plans
Actively pursue supply-base rationalization for economic and administrative
. Monitor and interpret changes in the supplier market to influence program
. Evaluate supplier capabilities and establish sources for new technologies
and in new markets as business requirements dictate

Commodity Knowledge:

. Act as a subject matter expert for respective commodity groups
. Construct, present, and promote long-range commodity procurement plans and
Pursue product standardization and optimization initiatives
Regularly collect and analyze commodity data to develop commodity profiles

Sourcing Activities:

. Develop innovative sourcing alternatives to inject competition and
mitigate risk in commodity groups
. Manage the seven-step sourcing process, including team development,
communications planning, strategy deployment, negotiations, award, and
Present initiative summaries to site personnel and corporate management

Bachelors degree (RQ), CPM (PF), CPSM (PF)

3 to 5 years professional experience in Procurement or related field,
Operational/Industry/Supplier knowledge

Highly competitive compensation package including pension, matching 401(k)
and Med/Den/RX.
1. Bachelor's degree.
2. 3 + years procurement (buying) in a large company in heavy industry
like mining, paper or similar.
3. Located within the region for an easy move or strong reason for the
move there.

4. CPM or CPSM is a plus.

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