The procurement specialist works with internal customers and vendors to secure full descriptions of items to be used in the manufacturing process, and corresponds with company representatives and vendors regarding purchase requirements, delivery, and quality of merchandise.
- Develops and manages supplier quality and total cost improvements through collaborative efforts in the areas of development, process improvement, technology, and supply chain management.
- Develops new relationships and drives coordinated efforts across the company, where appropriate, in order to leverage synergies.
- Creates, implements, and manages sourcing strategies in order to leverage corporate expenditures, improve the procurement process, and reduce costs.
- Drives negotiations with suppliers; creates and manages supplier agreements for strategic sourcing, based on in-depth spend and market analyses.
- Prepares and performs supplier business reviews, surveys, and contract compliance; monitors supplier performance; phases out poor performing suppliers based on established criteria.
- Leads process of supplier selection to ensure total cost management.
- Ensures continuity of supply for services and/or products and provides problem resolution support to the organization.
- Identifies suppliers and capabilities for new technology and process improvements.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing.
- Maintains strong lines of communication throughout the supplier relationship.
- Handles multiple tasks and meet established deadlines.
The procurement specialist supervises a staff that includes the procurement assistant and inventory/material handler. Supervisory responsibilities include making hiring recommendations; planning, scheduling and assigning work; checking and approving work; conducting peformance evaluations; recommending salary adjustments; making effective recommendations regarding promotions; making effective recommendations regarding unsatisfactory employees.
- Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field of study and four years of progressive experience in procurement.
- Demonstrated experience with an ERP system is preferred.
- Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.