Responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the purchasing organization. General areas of responsibility include personnel supervision, supplier management, contract negotiations, purchase order issuance and performance metrics.


  • Direct, develop, oversee and support strategic sourcing strategy and projects, prioritizing and delegating across global personnel.
  • Manage daily operations of purchasing organization including placement of purchase orders, shortage management, expediting, problem receipt and Accounts Payable/invoice resolution and MRB disposition.
  • Managing supply chain, including qualification of suppliers, implementing replenishment strategies, negotiating contracts and resolving general conflicts with supply base.
  • Oversee supplier assessments, including supplier audits and scorecards.
  • Development of analytical tools to assess supply base trends, risks, cost drivers, etc.
  • Achieve cost savings through target costing, value analysis and material group management.
  • Support Operations and Engineering on capital projects analysis and spending.
  • Work with R&D to expand both material and supplier alternatives in an effort to reduce costs or simplify supply chain complexity.
  • Work with IT to improve the flow of information across all entities both within and outside the organization.
  • Assumes operational responsibility for supporting New Product Introductions including order placement and expediting, product costing and cost reduction programs.
  • Function as project leader or team participant on cross-functional teams, including new product and cost-saving initiatives.
  • Development of purchasing reporting metrics including on-time delivery of suppliers, open order liability status, purchase price variance and other related department metrics.
  • Develop and deliver effective presentations to all organization levels, from plant associates to senior management.
  • International travel 10%.
  • Adhere to BTU Safety and Procedures.


  • Excellent negotiation and analytical skills.
  • Just-In-Time inventory philosophy and/or demand forecasting.
  • Solid working knowledge of Total Quality Management and ISO 9001 continuous improvement policy and procedures.
  • Understand industry and technology developments, being ahead of potential disruptive factors.
  • Ability to develop cost savings strategies, preferably using Lean SS methodology.
  • Knowledge with large ERP systems, EPICOR preferred.
  • Understanding and ability to lead budget development and management.
  • Able to lead and direct the work of others.
  • Detail-oriented and successful time management skills to work to a schedule and deadlines.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a busy environment.
  • Process and procedure automation.
  • Exceptional Microsoft Office skills.
  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal.


  • BS or MS in Business, Supply Chain Management or a related field.
  • Requires 10+ years progressive purchasing/procurement, experience (5+ years in a supervisory capacity) in the capital equipment/manufacturing environment.
  • Effective relationship, team building, leadership and communication skills.
  • Strategic planning, thinking and acting skills coupled with analytical and execution skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in a large global, multi-national company.

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