• Location
    Strongsville, Ohio
  • Job type
  • Salary

Job: Purchaser

Location: Strongsville, OH

Pay: 17.29/hr

Length: 1 year



Incumbent is responsible for bidding, negotiation and contracting for Silica Products Lake Charles manufacturing plant ensuring optimized value and local competitiveness. Contracts will consist of materials and services used and will include but are not limited to, production materials, MRO supplies, and maintenance and construction services needed to support facility operations. Responsible for entering and maintaining supplier information into the SAP and Ariba systems; obtain proper supplier certification and information to ensure supplier meets PPG requirements; initiate and finalize on-site service agreements and contracts, standard purchase orders; reconcile problem invoices; bid and negotiate directly with suppliers including use of Ariba Spend Analysis (SMART), Contract Workbench (ACW),Sourcing (QAS), and Buyer (eBuy) . Support Preferred Suppliers and direct requisitioners’ to those Preferred Suppliers. Work closely with Corporate Strategic Buyers and Field Buyers to provide input on specific strategic commodity information. Perform as a Purchasing professional by gathering & analyzing requirements; supplier background information; soliciting, analyzing and evaluating bids; developing reports, handling communications; influencing decisions through communications with both clients and suppliers. Incumbent should have a thorough understanding of inventory and supply chain management techniques.

Key Duties:

• Will report directly to the Senior Sourcing Agent (in Strongsville, Ohio) and functionally to Director of Manufacturing, Silica (in Lake Charles, LA).
• Works closely with members of the General Purchasing field and G.O. strategic team as well as with G.O. raw materials, logistics, and energy (as required) to seek & leverage supply chain value improvements which helps to ensure local competitive purchasing.
• To provide a local connection to the large number of vendors (local and otherwise) with which LKC Silica does business.
• To the current VMI warehouse.(Should have good basic knowledge of inventory management practices and concepts)
• To manage with assistance of corporate purchasing the larger raw material contracts to provide the lowest price for the business (e.g. sand, natural gas, CO2, and sulfuric acid).
• To provide a representative who can facilitate the bidding process for local General Purchasing, raw material, and energy (as required) contracts and purchases.
• Local interaction for all local departments (engineering, shipping, operations, maintenance, accounting, EH&S, Quality) when procurement problems arise (Handling problems situations with local vendors difficult if remote).
• To provide a resource to seek out service providers and evaluate their ability to meet the facilities needs at a competitive price.
• Requisitions, written on a daily basis by maintenance and engineering require a buyer to execute the actual purchase of the item/service through execution of the vendor contact and ensuring the accuracy of the documentation. Emergency requisitions often require a human contact at varying times of the day/night.
• The maintenance operation of this facility is heavily dependent on local purchasing support for acquiring the parts and services needed on a daily basis.
• Must have good interpersonal skills that allow them to work with all levels of manufacturing and management.
• Must have the ability to evaluate, recommend and drive change when needed.
• Should have strong negotiation skills that allow them to manage suppliers even when competition is limited.
• Should be able to take cost out for Silica’s by understanding the supply chain and what the supplier’s capabilities are for creative inventory and logistics management.
• Will be expected to be proficient in the use of respective ERP and desktop software in addition to assuring cost effective purchasing agreements with the full functional use of Ariba purchasing automation tools.
• Is responsible to communicate updates both locally and on a corporate level (e.g. weekly & monthly reports, PSI) both timely and in a professional and accurate manner.
• Ensures purchasing function is carried out in an ethical and professional manner while fostering purchasing practices that comply with all Corporate Purchasing Policies.
• SAP super user. Train/work with all Silica employees who use the system, troubleshooting, etc.
• Work with Monroeville IT on all SAP issues, testing, etc.
• Help forecast maintenance budgets on a yearly basis.
• Update Vendors on plant safety/EHS changes, policies, etc.
• Support plant with all capital projects, month end closing and budgets, provide feedback for ACT’s.

Other Considerations:
• To provide a representative who understands the technical importance of the categories/commodities used by LKC Silica. (Note: We use a large number of diverse parts in our process)
• The opportunity to strategically source & support the acquisition of needed goods and services locally.
• To provide a first line of defense when discrepancies (receipt of damaged or incorrect goods, billing issues, VISA issues, etc.) occur and to assist the originator(s) with correction them.
• Loss of interaction between settings up Storeroom operations without a local Purchasing manager on-site (this is a unique situation we are in that requires full-time on-site involvement in dealing with Separation issues.
• Promptly facilitates performance and commercial issue resolution with suppliers.
• Should be tech savvy and be able to quickly learn, understand, and use computer systems.

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