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Battle Creek, MI · Manufacturing
SUMMARY:  Complete responsibility for procuring materials, components, supplies, and services for multiple sites. Obtains quotes, negotiates purchase agreements, and maintains supplier relationships. Monitors supplier performance which entails ownership for cost, inventory levels, on time delivery, and quality. The ideal candidate will be a hands-on, energetic, detail oriented and focused on managing material by performing the following duties.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.
Manage Kanban system for assigned commodities and suppliers. Negotiate and implement Kanban arrangements with suppliers through consigned inventory.
Manages materials control/order policy, finding opportunities to improve processes including the materials forecasts and order policy/lot sizes in order to effectively mirror our processes and anticipate material requirements while maintaining low inventory levels.
Maintain a perpetual inventory system that guaranties agreement between the on-hand balance counts in the computer system and the actual on-hand balances in the physical plant.
Responsible for proactively improving supplier quality and on time delivery.
Coordinates vendor searches, selection and development of new suppliers, including being involved in New Product Development supplier sourcing process.
Negotiates major purchasing contracts, blanket orders and long term purchase agreements taking into account liability.
Establishes mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers to ensure high quality goods, reliable delivery dates, and reasonable and consistent pricing. 
Monitor part level inventory turns and where required establish, implement and monitor counter measures to ensure inventory turns goals are met.
Manage rejected materials by communicating with suppliers and quality control. Obtain approvals to return, rework or sort materials.
Monitor the on time performance of suppliers and review results to them and management monthly.
Develop and implement action plans with the supplier quality engineer to improve the quality and on time performance of suppliers while maintaining or reducing costs.
Identify, evaluate, and recommend potential new opportunities for cost reduction with existing and new     commodities or suppliers based on total cost of ownership.
Actively pursue the elimination of waste in the supply chain by eliminating non value added steps in the process, improving quality and championing standardization.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITES:  This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
A working knowledge of LEAN manufacturing and continuous improvement processes.
Ability to conceive, plan, provide training for, and implement major new processes and procedures.
Excellent organizational skills.
Ability to handle constantly changing work environment.
Able to read prints for purchasing custom parts.
QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:  Bachelor's Degree preferred with emphasis in business administration, economics, and/or engineering with five (5) years of progressively responsible purchasing and materials control experience in a manufacturing environment, experience in managing procurement initiatives; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Bottom line requirements we need notes on with candidate submittal:
1.  Bachelor's degree preferred.
2.  5+ years of purchasing and materials control experience in a manufacturing environment.
3.  Experience managing procurement initiatives.
4.  Experience in an industrial environment involving steel fabrication or similar preferred.
5.  Experience in a rapidly growing company preferred.
6.  Currently in the region preferred.

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