Weir has been in business since 1871 and that sustainability is built on attracting, retaining, and developing exceptional people.
Helping our people to fulfil their potential is central to We are Weir, our vision, mission, and strategic priorities. We aim to be the most admired engineering business in our markets and we'll help achieve that ambition by being the employer of choice in our industries.
We offer a wide range of career opportunities across a variety of technical and business roles in engineering and service locations worldwide.
Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Supply Chain, the Buyer/Planner is responsible for the following within their assigned category: maintaining accountability for the supply chain with respect to cost, delivery, cost reductions and inventory. This includes procurement of materials, parts, services, and capital equipment at the most competitive terms in accordance with company policies and procedures.
Compose and execute contractual agreements for the procurement of materials, components, supplies, services, and capital equipment. Conduct ongoing negotiations to ensure the best interests of the Company are protected during the life of the contract.
Select vendors based on suppliers’ commitment to quality, on-time delivery, and current market pricing conditions, and results obtainable by negotiation and past history/performance.
Manage MRP requirements by placing PO’s and administering the overall material flow from suppliers. Expedite parts when required to meet organizational needs.
Manage and optimize supply chain of designated suppliers, which are grouped by commodities where possible.
Maintain close contact with vendors by correspondence, telephone, and plant visits.
Develop, implement, and audit effective cost control for assigned commodity line.
Track and evaluate market trends and availability for designated procurement commodities.
Manage designated supplier base, consolidating and replacing suppliers as required. Become technically educated in products in an effort to know and manage the cost drivers where necessary. Involve other parts of Weir Minerals North America (WMNA) where necessary to augment technical interaction and requirements.
Encourage technical seminars presented by the suppliers to the engineering and operations personnel at Weir. This presents an opportunity to improve on the mutual understanding of the requirements of the suppliers and the company.
Complete special projects as assigned.
Some travel required.
Comply with all Supply Chain Department and Company policies, procedures, and programs.
Responsible for Environmental Health and Safety management and policy commitments as prescribed for this role in Weir's Duty of Care.
Follow and comply with all safety and work rules and regulations. Maintain departmental housekeeping standards.
Promote and maintain a flexible, cooperative, team oriented, and customer focused attitude within and between departments.
Nothing in this position description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, a Technical Degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. One to five years purchasing experience in manufacturing environment and MRP experience. CPSM certification preferred.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Requires a valid driver’s license.
OTHER KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES
Understanding of basic legal aspects of purchasing. Commodity experience in high value precision products (i.e. castings, machined parts, capital equipment). Strong analytical and data management skills. Clear understanding of MRP. Computer literate. Good general accounting knowledge and ability to apply to practical situations. Proven negotiation skills. Ability to read and interpret blueprint specifications. Comprehensive organization, oral and written communication, motivation, human relations, records keeping, problem-solving and follow-through skills. Ability to promote and maintain positive relationships. Good work ethic - proactive. Confidence in own abilities and capable of acting decisively. Ability to project and maintain professionalism with a diversity of people inside and outside the Company. Must command respect. Willingness to accept responsibility and accountability. Willingness and ability to travel as necessary. Ability to work under pressure and in stressful situations and maintain attention to detail. Must have a passion for the business and the “will” to succeed.
MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, AND WORK AIDS
Requires the ability to operate a variety of standard business machines, such as computer and job related software (Microsoft Office & Lotus Notes), IBM System AS/400, calculator, telephone, fax photocopier, etc.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle and touch objects. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. Employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms.
The employee is occasionally required to lift up to ten pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision, and depth perception.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
General office environment. Occasionally exposed to noise, fumes, and temperature changes when working in the manufacturing area. Moderate noise.
Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; responds promptly to customer needs; solicits customer feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance; meets commitments.
Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; builds commitment and overcomes resistance; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources.
Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
Initiative - Volunteers readily; undertakes self-development activities; seeks increased responsibilities; takes independent actions and calculated risks; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; asks for and offers help when needed.
Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.