Purchasing Manager

Job Description

This key role in Worthington Steel will lead efforts aimed at improving profitability, working capital management, product and supplier expansion through inventory reduction including optimum excess and secondary utilization, non-traditional sourcing methods (slab, excess, ect) and strategic supplier development (UHSS, global).

General Responsibilities:

-Lead review of current overall inventory and non traditional sources (excess prime, filler bar, and slab) for inquiries with less than standard lead time.

-Lead review of current overall inventory and non traditional sources (excess prime, filler bar, and slab) for inquiries / program business with demand less than the product of minimum order from supplying mill.

-Coordinate efforts to identify and execute opportunities to augment a firm purchasing plan with spot buys, excess, slab, etc; to exploit such opportunities in a timely fashion

-Expand the non traditional supply base in conjunction with Directors of Purchasing, to support reduced average cost, expansion of product offerings, allow volume demand, demand inside lead time, etc

-Assist in identifying outlets via documented process for a stressed inventory, at prices greater than scrap, via a periodic, proactive review of inventory / demand; once outlets are determined communicate to Purchasing to eradicate demand for mill buys.
-Lead new product and supplier development process (UHSS, China) in coordination with Commercial and Procurement personnel; adopt project management methodology encompassing all disciplines for supplier identification, communication, monitoring and reporting.

-Identify mill sources that are ideal backups to our key suppliers, with focus on 2+1

-Ensure corporate goals are being met on excess, obsolete and aged inventories. Responsible for sharing best practices with local teams, in house training for planners.

-Identify sku consolidation opportunities across BU's to provide purchasing leverage; added advantage of accelerating heat lot accumulations to improve mill lead times; while reducing overall inventory.


-BSBA Preferred

-10 or more years of applicable experience

-Advanced Analytical capability and aptitude

-Working technical knowledge of the various steel grades and steel market (producer and distribution)

-In-depth working knowledge of WOR and supplier capabilities

-Detail Oriented

-Ability to handle high volumes in a timely manner

-Strong PC skills (Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint)

-Flexible and adaptable to change

-Good communication skills (both written and verbal).

-Results Driven: self-motivated and possesses the ability to complete tasks on time and with little supervision.

-Ability to perform complex cost assessments


Worthington Industries

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