Procurment Category Lead

  • Location
    Portage, Indiana
  • Job type
    Direct Hire
  • Salary
    $ 55000 - $ 60000 / Year
  • Category
    Office, Clerical & Administrative - Buyer / Purchasing

Job Summary: This is a corporate position reporting to Category Management. The primary function of this position is to coordinate and manage the strategic procurement process for assigned categories ensuring the cost- effective acquisition of goods and services across all NLMK USA business units. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the development and execution of procurement strategies, bid process and negotiations, project management, supplier relationship management, and contract management.
• Develop and lead strategic sourcing activities for assigned categories to include: project management, strategy development, RFI/RFP development and analysis, negotiations, supplier selection, contracting, implementation, ongoing category management and contractual compliance
• Deliver value-added results to the organization by applying financial analysis principles and procurement discipline
• The Category Lead has no direct reports but will lead cross-functional teams in reviewing and evaluating the categories assigned.
• Delivers excellence in procurement activities including: spend analytics, strategy development, negotiations, and stakeholder engagement
• Strong analytical and problem- solving skills, with keen understanding of relevant cost drivers
• Develop strong relationships with internal business partners
• Support category events managed at the global level to ensure delivery of business plans and category strategies as defined by global category managers.
• Work with key functional and internal stakeholders to capture business requirements, develop the appropriate sourcing strategy, evaluate responses from supply market and negotiate agreements that deliver best value
• Participate in developing detailed sourcing strategies for a broad set of indirect categories to drive cost-saving initiatives which align with company goals
• Develop a sound alliance management program with supply base to create sustained value while constantly seeking improvements.
• Provide reporting of day-to-day project work to Executives through the project lifecycle
• Spend analytics and optimization projects
• Assess, manage and mitigate risk, develop formal contingency plans
• Collaborate with Corporate Procurement in global strategic sourcing activities in which to drive annual value improvements for MRO categories.
• Contract Management
• Negotiate commercial terms of purchases
• Conduct research on market dynamics, cost drivers, supply base, and economic indicators for assigned projects and contracts
• Continuous improvement goals/projects
• Carry out company policies regarding procurement practices, standards and ethical conduct to ensure a fair, effective, and competitive sourcing process throughout the organization.
• Travel as business needs dictate, approximately 30%

• BS or BA in Purchasing, Finance, Economics, Engineering or other business related field
• Above average knowledge of Microsoft Office software
• A minimum 3 years of procurement, category management, contract management or strategic sourcing experience with exposure in an industrial or manufacturing environment.
• Ability to define problems, collect & analyze data, establish facts and draw conclusions
• Must possess high ethical standards and have the ability to work within Company’s Code of Ethics and Business Policies
• Ability to build rapport with others in the work environment
• Demonstrated experience developing and implementing sourcing strategies that have yielded measurable business results
• Legal aspects to Purchasing
• Ability to perform in a high pressure environment

• Solid negotiation skills
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, adept at managing conflict to resolution, detail oriented
• Sound logical, analytical, and quantitative skills
• Knowledge of steelmaking processes and practices
• Possesses strong computer skills including experience with Oracle, proficient
• Must have effective verbal and written communication skills

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