Directly manage the acquisition of materials and other products critical to the support of production and operations through negotiating optimal pricing, availability, and delivery of materials with vendors including, but not limited to:
Sourcing product and follow approval processes for supplier, pricing, and purchase order (PO) approvals, creating orders, manage delivery, and maintain line of sight to inventory and production scheduling, drive ordering activity (JIT, Kanban, etc.) in support of the best price and decreased inventory on hand.
Supporting internal customers by providing exceptional customer service and providing information regarding products and availability in a proactive, timely, and professional manner. Developing positive relationship and maintain rapport with suppliers, driving to continuous-improvement goals of optimal cost, quality, service, availability, and delivery.
Oversee Buyers to ensure ordering meets all demand schedules and does not create E&O (excess & obsolete) inventory.
Resolving supplier performance issues (cost, quality, delivery) in support of company objectives, determining proper corrective actions to defective and unacceptable goods and services, and escalating issues in a timely manner to management when needed.
Develop, lead, and execute purchasing strategies.
Perform cost and scenario analysis, and benchmarking.
Seek and partner with reliable vendors and suppliers.
Manage day to day transactional and administrative issues relating to issuing RFQ/RFP's supply agreements, PO variances, and vendor set up.