Purchasing Agent

Company: Siemens Energy and Automation
Division: SEA - Power Conversion
Functional Area: PU - Purchasing
Location: PA - New Kensington
Req ID: 40681
Position Title: Purchasing Agent (Manufacturing)-Sr Materials/Logistics Spec

Job Type: Regular
Job Time: Full-Time
Experience Level: Senior Level
Required Education: Bachelors Degree
Required Travel: 0%
Company Description:
Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) is a leading global electronics and engineering company
with reported worldwide sales of $80.5 billion in fiscal 2003. With its
United States corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens US has sales
of $16.6 billion and employs 65,000 people throughout all 50 states and
Puerto Rico.

As one of Siemens operating companies, Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc.
is dedicated to providing complete electrical, engineering and automation
solutions for the industrial manufacturing and construction industries. With
more than 9,400 employees, our customers include some of the world's largest
and most respected companies in these industries. For more information about
Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc. - www.sea.siemens.com

With global headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ
417,000 people in 192 countries. For more information on Siemens in the
U.S.: www.usa.siemens.com.
Siemens is an Equal Opportunity Employer encouraging diversity in the
workplace.
Job Description:
Role:
Responsible for assuring the continuous supply and timely procurement of
higher dollar value commodities that require extensive purchasing
experience, knowledge, professionalism and administration while providing
optimum levels of cost, quality, inventory, and reliability of source to the
company.

Responsibilities:
Achieve and maintain a thorough knowledge of assigned commodities.
Establish, maintain, and re-evaluate reliable sources of supply that promote
appropriate competition while ensuring consistent supply.
Utilize all available sources to determine market trends that have an effect
on prices. Make and implement recommendations for action.
Obtain competitive bids and award purchase orders and/or blankets on the
basis of greatest value to the company, commensurate with quality standards
and delivery capabilities.
Maintain knowledge of new materials, services, and techniques by attending
seminars, trade shows, and visiting suppliers.
Manage inventory levels of assigned commodities to ensure availability of
while improving inventory turnover.
Lead intra- and interdepartmental cross-functional teams where procurement
leadership is essential.
Negotiate complex and/or high dollar supplier contracts.
Originate and facilitate the adoption and use of leading-edge material
management and procurement best practices (i.e., electronic commerce, lean
manufacturing technologies, etc.)
Continuously improve the companies competitiveness by locating new sources
of supply, alternative material and process and staying on the "leading
edge" of purchasing technology
Perform other related duties as required.

Requirements:
Bachelor Degree in Business or equivalent.
A minimum of five (5) years procurement experience in a manufacturing
environment.
Experience working in an ERP/MRP manufacturing environment.
C.P.M. and/or C.P.I.M. preferred.
Proficient in all phases of inventory management and processes.
Proficient negotiating skills.
Computer skills required, including Microsoft Office.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to function in a team environment.
Excellent time management skills.
Strong organizational and planning skills.

Job Family Responsibilities:

Performs the monitoring of complex materials through the production cycle.
Completes and maintains reports; analyzes supplier capability; make/buy
studies and cost analyses. Completes integrated project plans and schedules
for the supply teams capital and development projects; implements short and
long-range inventory and logistics strategies. Completes the effectiveness
evaluation of current material control standards. Completes the planning and
coordination of new product introductions; assesses the impact and supports
changes to overall production schedules. Performs research, evaluates and
recommends solutions to complex inventory issues; negotiates issues related
to materials and logistics.

Key Responsibilities:

Performs full range of standard work for the professional field. Refers
complex, unusual problems to others. Identifies and resolves more complex
problems and applies problem-solving skills in order to deal with most
situations.

Education:

Typically BS/BA in related discipline or advanced degree. Certification may
be required in some areas.

Knowledge and Experience:

Demonstrates and applies a broad knowledge of field of specialization
through successful completion of moderately complex assignments.
Successfully applies complex knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices,
and procedures of particular area of specialization. Demonstrates knowledge
of organizations business practices and issues. Typically 5-8 years of
successful experience in related field and successful demonstration of Key
Responsibilities and Knowledge as presented above. Advanced degree MAY be
substituted for experience, where applicable.

Direction of Others:

Provides general guidance or train support and/or professional staff.

Key Working Relationships:

Primarily intra-organizational contacts and external contacts.

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