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Corporate Purchasing Manager at Advantage xPO

Corporate Purchasing Manager

Advantage xPO Alexandria, MN Full-Time

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Alexandria Industries is a multifaceted manufacturer that goes beyond being a parts supplier. We make components that go into products people use everyday.

Since our founding in 1966, we have committed to helping customers create innovative manufacturing solutions that solve their product development challenges. We have achieved this by integrating the latest advancements in manufacturing and automation technology, focusing on continuous improvement strategies, and building a highly skilled workforce.

Guided by our values and a servant leadership mindset, we are dedicated to our customers, colleagues and communities.

OPPORTUNITY

The Corporate Purchasing Manager is responsible for ensuring that all purchasing policies work toward achieving the company's strategic goals and follow the company's values.  This position provides leadership to purchasing team members at all AI facilities. 

This position will work to develop the guidelines and procedures for purchasing products and services at Alexandria Industries.  This position is responsible for supplier selection, sourcing of new suppliers and supplier certification.  This position works with Quality and Engineering to ensure that goods and services acquired are of expected quality, are on time and are at a competitive price.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The following description of work performed by this individual is not all-inclusive.  Rather, it focuses on the major tasks.

  • Ensure that safety is always the number one priority at Alexandria Industries; promote and support a safe work environment.  Ensure AI has a safety-oriented culture by following all safety programs and guidelines.
  • Develop and implement procedures to ensure compliance with current ISO standards and ensure the supplier certification is in process to enhance and manage the supplier base.
  • Support the organization on all new product development programs, ensure appropriate launch plans are in place with suppliers.
  • Work with leadership to manage and develop the department's budget and implement formal cost reduction initiatives as needed.
  • Work with suppliers and the Quality Team on supplier development and effective CAPA's, using 8D problem solving tools.
  • Responsible for supplier scorecard, monitoring of lead-time compliance, quality and cost improvement activities.
  • Work with Alexandria Industries Continuous Improvement Team to capture hard, soft and cost avoidance savings.
  • Develop and maintain strategic sourcing strategy for $80 million spend and capital purchases on an annual basis.
  • Involved with supplier selection and will service as primary negotiator and contract reviewer for annual aluminum contracts.
  • Responsible to ensure risk is minimized with all Alexandria Industries suppliers.
  • Responsible for monitoring the overall economic trends on a macro and supplier specific basis.  Maintain an in-depth understanding of supplier cost factors.
  • Develop new sources of supply, manage, and build relationships within the supply chain.  Work with Quality and Engineering on new Supplier Qualifications.
  • Responsible for contract development and negotiations.
    • Ensure controls are in place for monitoring and measuring national contracts compliance with all AI sites.
  • Lead the "make versus buy" decision-making process.
  • Determine which suppliers and subcontractors Alexandria Industries will develop partnerships and long-term relationships with.
  • Communicate cost reduction strategies with suppliers and hold consortiums on bid packages.
  • Accurately maintain and validate information in the purchasing module of our business software; utilizing this information for planning, tracking, and analyzing to help provide assistance in determining the status of required information.
  • Ensure the company has the proper tools to process purchasing requisitions & MRP requirements.
  • Ensure the company has the tools and resources to keep other departments informed of any delays or changes in scheduled arrival times of products or services.
  • Provide leadership to Purchasing Team members at all AI Facilities:
    • Ensure expectations, responsibilities and authorities are known
    • Ensure proper resourcing and staffing
    • Communicate priorities and project assignments
    • Monitor employee performance
    • Provide continuing education, training and development, and coaching opportunities
    • Delegate special projects
    • Hold employee development conferences
    • Develop and implement adequate cross-training

OTHER JOB DUTIES (Not considered essential to the job)

     Perform all other related assignments (including special projects) as required in a professional and cooperative manner.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1.  Education:

  • Associates or Bachelors degree in Business Management or related program preferred
  • CPIM or CSCP certification required

2.  Experience:

  • 4+ years of inventory experience
  • 5+ years of supplier management experience
  • 5+ years of purchasing leadership experience required

3.  Other required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong computer skills (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to recognize safety concerns
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong coordination and judgment skills
  • Intermediate math skills
  • Basic blueprint reading skills
  • Ability to provide exceptional leadership and support to team members
  • Ability to take part in continuous education and training
  • Familiarity with the ISO 9001 requirements

Travel potential 20% - 30%

EQUIPMENT USED

Office equipment (computer, phone, printer, scanner, copier)

Automotive vehicles

 BENEFITS

  • Medical and Dental Insurance, a Flexible Spending Account, a robust Wellness Program, and a Family Health & Wellness Clinic (Alexandria location), provide our employees with valuable resources to help them care for their physical well-being.
  • Our Corporate Chaplain and company prayer chain provide supportive resources for our employees' spiritual health and well-being.
  • 401(k) retirement program with company match, life insurance, short and long term disability insurance, Gainshare bonuses, and a Benevolent Fund to assist employees experiencing a temporary and unexpected financial hardship, all contribute to the financial health of our employees and their families.
  • Paid time off, paid holidays, 8 hours of paid volunteer time annually, and an employee assistance program help employees maintain a work/life balance.

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About Advantage xPO

Advantage xPO is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, medical condition, genetic information, mental and physical disability, political affiliation, union membership, status as a parent, military or veteran status or other non-merit based factors. We will provide reasonable accommodations throughout the application, interviewing and employment process. If you require a reasonable accommodation, contact us. Advantage xPO is an E-Verify employer. This policy is applicable to all phases of the employment relationship, including hiring, transfers, promotions, training, terminations, working conditions, compensation, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment.

All employees are directed to familiarize themselves with this policy and to act in accordance with it. All decisions with respect to employment matters and other phases of employer-temporary employee relationships will be in keeping with this policy and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

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