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Purchasing Manager

Location: Troy, Michigan, United States of America
Employment: Permanent
Salary: $75,000 - $80,000 USD

Job Overview

About The Role

About Western Global 

Western Global is the global market leader in the supply of modular fuel storage solutions, with operating locations in USA, Canada, UK, Europe and the Middle East.

We pride ourselves on being able to support our customers and communities with response ready fuel solutions when they need them most.

Our business is growing rapidly and we took on private equity investment in January 2021. This funding will support the next phase of our growth through geographical and channel penetration in North America.

Attracting and retaining great people is critical to our strategy. Our values define how we behave an interact internally and with our stakeholders. These are:

  • Teamwork: We work as one, and together, we’re ready for anything
  • Openness: We’re open, curious, and honest with each other, unafraid to embrace the new.
  • Passion: We’re driven by a passion for better, because we love what we do.
  • Integrity: No matter what, we do the right thing – we’re all responsible for the right outcome.
  • Celebrate Success: We take time to recognise and celebrate each other, and what we achieve together.


About The Role:

You will have commercial and operational accountability for all direct and indirect suppliers suppling into the North American operation. You will be responsible for annual price negotiations and for maintaining competitive pricing in an often volatile market. You will develop and maintain the supply base development roadmap, taking account of potential business impact of supply failure. (e.g. single or dual sourced decision).You will also ensure appropriate measurement and management interventions are in place to secure both commercial and operational performance of suppliers.

You will be conversant with standard ERP planning methodology (e.g. min/max planning, EOQ, ATP, Purchase Order, Sales Order structures, item and supplier master data) and have a solid understanding of supplier management. You will also be expected to lead and manage those in the procurement team. Critical to success will be your ability to build highly effective relationships with suppliers but also your ability to develop trust amongst your key stakeholders.  As an important member of the US Operations Leadership team you will also be expected to contribute to and support the ongoing development and improvement of operational processes and practices.


What You Will Be Doing:

  • Review/negotiate pricing with suppliers (including yearly pricing increases)
  • Update new pricing and yearly pricing increases from suppliers in netsuite , when applicable
  • Ensure appropriate performance measures (quality, cost, on time delivery etc) of suppliers are done quarterly and provide quarterly scorecards based on the collected data
  • Inventory value measured through days inventory on hand
  • Collecting/analyzing data to ensure best market pricing based on annual purchases, blanket orders and larger qty one-time purchases.
  • Review and approval of Purchase orders for US and Canada locations
  • Review Demand History by item report to ensure Min/Maxs levels are at proper levels
  • Work with Central Planning manager for any large spikes in orders or larger future orders to ensure stock levels are correct to prevent delayed orders
  • Maintaining relationships with suppliers, while researching new suppliers for substitute parts during shortages and long lead times with current suppliers
  • Supervise procurement team, training new team members and delegating new tasks as needed
  • Ensure relevant departments are aware of regarding pricing increases, material shortages, obsolescence notifications and anything else relevant to daily operations
  • Work with Warehouse Internal Logistics team leader with any discrepancies, wrong or defective items received on incoming Purchase orders.
  • Provide coverage for Local Procurement Co-Ordinator and Holco NA Procurement Co-ordinator during sick days, vacations etc.
  • From time to time complete other duties as required by line management


You Will Have:

  • 7-10 years in a similar supplier management, procurement or inventory / material planning role.
  • Ideally with a background in Net Suite, but certainly proficient in ERP systems
  • Ideally from a manufacturing or assembly background
  • Excellent communicator
  • Excellent inter personal skills and able to build good working relationships
  • Leadership experience
  • Good business acumen.
  • A flexible approach, with a desire to learn and develop.
  • Sensible and pragmatic 


Who You Will Be:

  • Have a confident manner, good presentation skills.
  • Determined – not easily discouraged or put off.
  • Passionate, enthusiastic, and charismatic
  • Innovative – prepared to see beyond how it has been done before.
  • Have a positive outlook – always sees opportunity through any adversity.
  • Resilient – ready to bounce back from any challenges.
  • Assertive – gets things done when they need to be.
  • Positive, self-motivated and with a helpful attitude.
Purchasing Manager
Location: Troy, Michigan, United States of America
Employment: Permanent
Salary: $75,000 - $80,000 USD

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