Materion Barr Precision Optics is a leader in the thin films industry which offers a wide range of thin film services, and our proprietary processes produce the highest performing solutions available today for applications across many industries.
Materion is seeking a Category Manager, to work in the Procurement organization. The Category Manager will report to the Director – Global Procurement and will be located in Westford, MA. The Category Manager will lead the implementation of the agreed strategy and lead sourcing teams/projects in order to attain the lowest average cost consistent with quality and delivery requirements in order to meet customer needs. This position will provide leadership in category management, strategic sourcing, supplier relationship management, and savings initiative implementation within the assigned Business Unit.
The ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment while effectively communicating with internal customers and suppliers is essential.
The Category Manager will drive savings and procurement standardization, with broad responsibilities including:
Create purchase orders based on request from planning group to support production and non-production materials, equipment and supplies using Visual MRP systems
Track on-time shipping/delivery performance of suppliers, expedite when necessary, request RMA when needed and track credit memo issued by suppliers
Understand global and regional supply markets within business unit, including major suppliers and their capabilities, industry trends, and historical and projected price movements.
Track and report monthly savings including cost avoidance and capital equipment
Define, manage, and deliver project plans, deliverables, metrics and milestones to include: Market Research & Analysis, Data Collection/Management, Financial Analysis, RFx Creation, Supplier Communication Management, Evaluate & Negotiate Agreements, Contracting, Supplier Performance Management and Development.
Contribute to the development of category strategies that accomplish key objectives, which include: Savings, Process Effectiveness, Supplier Consolidation & Management, Risk Reduction & Management, and Improved Visibility & Control of Expenditures.
Develop and implement continuous improvement initiatives and programs in pursuance of operational excellence.
Inform leadership of resource needs and project status with reporting and project management tools.
Provide leadership to team in supply market intelligence research and analytical activities; drive activities that support visibility into key cost drivers, pricing trends, emerging market regions, supply market adjustments, capabilities, capacities, etc.
Work in conjunction with the Global Category Manager of corporate in projects and initiatives.
Support internal purchasing, strategic suppliers review and new product development programs with supply market intelligence.
Lead the development and negotiation of complex agreements with direct material and capital equipment suppliers encompassing key program specifications and functional objectives
Serve as escalation point for project quality issues for sourcing team members as well as internal stakeholders
Develop and improve sourcing project management tools and processes; customize these processes and tools to best support category strategies
Implement knowledge sharing programs to make available internal documentation and best practices to the entire organization
Drives the Supplier relationship activity to ensure continuous quality and delivery of supply to meet business demands.
The above statement reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the position described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the role.
Desired purchasing experience of 5+ years in a manufacturing environment.
Optics industry experience preferred.
Precious metal purchasing and refine experience preferred.
4-year degree in Business, Finance, Engineering, or Supply Chain Management is required
Advanced degree (MBA) preferred
Professional certifications (CPSM, CSM, or Other) a benefit
Simply stated, Materion makes advanced materials that improve the world. We are a global leader in creating innovative, high performance engineered material solutions and services for a wide range of growth industries: high-tech consumer electronics, telecommunications, commercial aerospace, defense, medical, automotive, and many more.
Our products, services and expertise help enable our c...ustomers’ technologies. We supply sophisticated thin film coatings for hard disk drives, specialty inorganic chemicals for solar energy panels, bio-compatible materials for implantable medical devices, specialty alloys for miniature consumer electronics components, optical filters for thermal imaging, critical components for infrared sensing technology, special materials for LEDs and much more. As the world’s only integrated “mine-to-mill” supplier of beryllium-based products, we also offer beryllium, specialty engineered beryllium alloys and beryllium composites.?
In 2016, we generated approx. $1B in revenue. As a team of 2,500 associates, we partner with customers in more than 50 countries. In early 2017, Materion closed on an exciting new acquisition that expands our footprint in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Materion Precision Optics (MPO) is one of the world’s largest providers of precision thin film coatings and optical filters. MPO offers most advanced deposition technologies including IBS, IAD, magnetron sputtering and thermal evaporation, as well as state-of-the-art process controls and thin film design methodology. Our core competencies include advanced micro lithography, ultra-low defect coating, and opto-mechanical assembly. With facilities in the US and China, our geographical and technological breadth allows us to deliver unique options and comprehensive solutions. MPO provides innovative solutions to meet the toughest challenges in diverse markets spanning Defense, Commercial, Automotive, Thermal Imaging, Projection Display, Science, Space and Astronomy.
For more information, please visit our website at http://materion.com/About and check out our video “Materion Is” along with other videos of our employees sharing what it means for them to work at Materion.