Purchasing Director – Gastonia, NC USA

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Outstanding opportunity to join a global manufacturing leader as the Purchasing Director.   Strategic and tactical responsibility for the materials management and purchasing programs.  Direct leadership for the teams challenged to achieve service and inventory goals as well as the development of best in class processes to drive service level improvement.   Support cross functional and geographic boundaries to ensure high levels of customer service and satisfaction relative to inventory service levels and management.

 

Responsibilities:

— Manage the tactical operations of the materials management and purchasing function & staff for the large manufacturing plant site

— Collaborate with Inventory Management team to ensure accurate Forecasting and inventory planning

— Develop and maintain a high-performance culture in the function, resulting in continued success meeting functional KPIs and improved levels of customer service to interior and exterior customers.

— Identify and develop key talent and appropriately manage under performers to ensure success of all individuals in the department.

— Liaise with counterparts in other functional areas such as Sales, Product Management, and Warehouse personnel to ensure alignment of activities and objectives.

— Work across a global, matrixed organization, sharing and learning best practices, and balancing global and local needs and impacts.

— Identify and implement process improvements to increase efficiency and accuracy.

— Identify vendor opportunities and challenges and partner with the Product Management team to ensure appropriate resolution.

 

Qualifications:

 

— BS Manufacturing, Finance or related degree required with 7+ years relevant materials management & purchasing experience preferably in B to B distribution for Tier 1, Tier 2 Automotive Industry

— Strong working knowledge of inventory planning, forecasting techniques as well as operational systems and warehouse management

— Inquisitive, detail-oriented with strong quantitative analytical skills and an innovative approach to problem solving

— Excellent MS Office (Excel, MSQuery, Access, PowerPoint) and SAP required

— Ability to work in the USA without sponsorship, now or in the future.

 

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