Purchasing Manager
Veeder Root - Altoona, PA

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Purchasing Manager - VEE000118 OPCO Description
      Veeder-Root supplies and integrates the broadest range of new and proven technologies to reduce cost of ownership, enhance environmental integrity, and improve performance and profitability for petroleum marketers and commercial fueling enterprises worldwide. Veeder-Root is the world's leading supplier of automatic tank gauging and fuel management systems and one of the few companies in the industry to design, manufacture and service its own products. Veeder-Root presently has tank monitoring systems in more than 500,000 underground storage tanks around the globe. Veeder-Root products and services are being used to meet the regulatory compliance and business management requirements of major oil companies, large truck fleets, car rental companies, airports, package delivery companies, federal, state and local governments, public utilities, industrial companies, and thousands of small underground and aboveground storage tank owners.

      1. Location

      Altoona, Pennsylvania

      10% Travel Required

      2. Purpose of Position

      The purpose of this position is to provide managerial direction and leadership to the Purchasing unit that is consistent with Veeder-Root/Danaher (VR/DHR) core values and operating philosophies. This position requires implementation of world class tactical purchasing/supplier management processes and contribution to a VR strategic procurement process, including low cost region (LCR) sourcing, support of APD product growth, and cost reduction (PPV and VAVE).

      The Purchasing Manager shall embody a high-level sense of urgency, with a results-oriented focus, while deploying VR/DHR policies and systems to achieve stated objectives in Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost and Growth performance.

      3. Key Responsibilities · Provide motivational leadership and communication to all unit associates to ensure understanding and attainment of safety, quality, delivery and cost (SQDC) performance objectives and supplier selection/development plan.
      · Provide Veeder-Root Operations strategic and tactical interface to achieve VR procurement objectives.
      · Utilize Policy Deployment and a defined KPI process to maintain focus, prioritize tactical plans, measure actual performance against plan and implement effective countermeasures where appropriate.
      · Provide cross-functional materials and purchasing support for new product introduction, engineering change and cost reduction initiatives.
      · Take a lead role in coordinating the consolidation and coordination of a Global PPV funnel for all Veeder-Root Global operating entities.
      · Develop and Implement Commodity Sourcing Strategies and support the deployment of and relevant DBS tools/principles (ex: DMP,Kanban)to ensure continuous improvement.
      · Develop and improve subordinate and team performance by providing requisite training, coaching and counseling. Direct purchasing responsibility and indirect responsibility for building cohesive relationships with the material planning team.
      · Ensure an effective and documented Supply Chain Management process to achieve cost targets through continuous improvement.
      · Work with Veeder-Root Operations logistics to achieve on-time delivery goals, aggressive cost reduction and on-hand inventory goals.
      · Ensure a safe working environment and administer compliance with company policies and procedures.
      4. Relationships · Position directly reports to Director of Materials (dotted line oversight by the Vice-President, Strategic Sourcing.
      · Direct reports include Buyers, Technical Buyers, Strategic sourcing resorces
      · Internal Relationships exist with VR Procurement and Logistics and all functional department heads and staff (i.e., Quality, Manufacturing, Engineering, Customer Service, Sales, Finance, Marketing, HR and General Management).
      · External relationships exist with suppliers/vendors, Functional resources in other Veeder-Root Operations, Danaher Global Procurement, DBS office and other Danaher Operating Companies.
      5. Measures of Performance · Improve supplier quality performance
      · Assure supplier delivery performance
      · PPV and Cost Reduction
      · Others as defined by operational priorities
      1. Background and Skills · Bachelor’s Degree in a Technical, Business or related field required.
      · Minimum of 8 years of supply chain or materials management and procurement experience in a manufacturing environment required.
      · Working knowledge of and advanced training in TQM/JIT/Cellular Manufacturing concepts/techniques (APICS) required.
      · Experience in driving supply chain aspects of toll-gate new product development process desired.
      · Experience in sourcing electronics commodity preferred.
      · Practical/applied knowledge of materials management and procurement including: o
      LCR sourcing or management; o
      Supply Chain management and improvement; o
      Process capability fluency in quality management tools; o
      Sourcing cost-benefit analysis; o
      Kanban implementation; o
      Lead time reduction; o
      Associate development.
      2. Personal Trait Profile · Excellent communicator/team builder
      · Strong interpersonal, leadership and organizational skills
      · Strong negotiation skills
      · Flexible, open-minded listener/learner
      · Analytical, fact-based problem solver
      · Enthusiastically committed to improvement
      · Decisive, fair, consistent, stress tolerant
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      Organization : Veeder Root

      Job Function : Supply Chain / Logistics
      Primary Location : North America-United States-PA-Altoona

      Schedule : Full-time


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