Job Responsibilities and Duties: The Lean Purchasing Manager will be successful by fulfilling the following job responsibilities and duties and core competencies. (Percentages = priority and approximate time focus)
1. Implement Strategic Sourcing by establishing a network of partner suppliers who align with the Apex Purpose & Values, and support the Apex Vision while leading to least total cost and minimized order to delivery cycle turn.
Implement and maintain e-procurement creating seamless interactions between Apex and its suppliers to minimize purchasing lead times, reduce supply cycle times and time spent by procurement to process day to day operating and pricing.
Implement a Supplier Relationship Management process to quantify and select suppliers, manage procurement risk, monitor supplier performance and drive collaboration to achieve outstanding results.
Implement and create discipline around Contract Management strategies with suppliers and contract manufacturing parties.
Develop a “results orientation” with suppliers and APEX team with a focus on performance improvement.
Create and implement criteria for supplier evaluation, audits and scorecards.
Develop and implement a pull system of inventory and material management that minimizes lead time, cycle time, waste, excess and obsolesce.
Create and implement information transparency in the supply chain so that all stakeholders are able to identify location of materials, components and finished goods.
Develop and communicate the integration of all process throughout the supply chain to ensure everyone understands how their decisions effect supply chain and procurement outcomes.
Define, implement and monitor cost savings ideas with key customers for ongoing cost savings.
2. Management Competencies: Develop & maintain an organization of people who are experts at what they do & who align with the Apex Lean Vision, Core Purpose and Core Values.
Selection: Find and retain the right people in each position and select the right candidates.
Training: Provide employees the skill & information they need to perform their jobs successfully and follow through to ensure learning.
Management/Leadership: Coach employees to succeed and develop them for the future.
Correction & Redirection: Address chronic unacceptable performance in a way that causes improvement.
Performance Evaluations: Objectively value & define performance against outcomes and standards.
Employee Development: Follow a plan to develop performance and prepare people in their career development.
Termination: Know how to document employee performance processes and construct a case leading to correct termination decisions.
3. Participate in ensuring that regulatory and procurement processes, administration and data are accurate and provide information in a way that moves the business forward.
Ensure that all local, state, and federal regulatory purchasing requirements are met within the supply chain.
Provide improvements for accurate and current material and component information in MRP.
Interprets and improves material use statistics and make corrections and adjustments in purchasing decisions, as well as recommends opportunities for improvement.
4.Understand and maintain a culture of “lean action” within the department so that we live lean better than any organization
Implement and maintain standards and processes that eliminate waste throughout the department
Apply and utilize “lean tools” to permanently implement improvements
Institutionalize 5S in all aspects of the department (Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain.)
5. Perform other work as assigned.
Qualification and Skill Requirements:
Prior Experience: This position requires more than 7 and less than or equal to 15 years experience in a procurement/purchasing management position in a manufacturing environment.
Knowledge Requirements: To be effective, this position requires Customer Focus, Constant Improvement and Results Orientation as core character traits. This position requires manufacturing aptitude and experience. An understanding of MRP software such as Alliance is required. Also requires a high level of competence to leverage Apex’s ability to innovate and create solutions for customers. Knowledge is normally acquired through four years of college resulting in a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.
Licenses and Certifications: none
Certifications or required class attendance: Certification or class attendance from any of the following organizations: ISMT, NAPM, APICS is highly desirable
Uses Company processes and technology to improve the quality and efficiency of purchasing or procurement processes; follows processes as described, applies training effectively.
Can maintain and grow technical knowledge and expertise. Can be accurate, precise and pay attention to detail.
Has a “working” knowledge of personal computer operation. Is proficient at Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 or higher.
Can read and write at a college level.
Understands and can do basic math, algebra and calculus to create a spreadsheet report or produce a query.