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Regional Buyer Lead

Company: Amcor
Location: Ann Arbor
Posted on: November 20, 2020

Job Description:

Join Amcor and you can be part of the team that makes the packaging of the future better for people and our planet.

Here at Amcor, we work together every day to make a positive impact on the lives of millions of people across the globe by providing packaging for essential products, including food, beverages, pharmaceutical, medical, home and personal-care.

We are sustainability leaders in our industry. We are the first global packaging company to commit to make all our products recyclable or reusable by 2025.

Our products are vital to support the lives of millions of people across the globe every day.

We are always looking for talented and passionate individuals who are motivated to make a difference. Working at Amcor means you will have a unique opportunity to be a part of an organisation that is committed to innovating and driving new solutions to create more sustainable packaging solutions.

To find out more about our commitment to sustainability and about Amcor, visit ILinkedIn I Glassdoor I Facebook I Twitter I YouTube

At Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP), our teams are focused on developing and making plastic bottles and jars that create a unique experience and are better for the environment. Our bottles and jars are primarily made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which has rapidly become the world's preferred packaging material. PET is lightweight, shatterproof, recloseable, resealable, reusable and infinitely recyclable*.

With approximately 6,000 people across about 50 manufacturing operations in 11 countries and an annual revenue of US$2.9 Billion, ARP provides rigid packaging solutions to the beverage, pharmaceutical, food, and home and personal care segments.

Learn more about the many benefits of PET bottles here.

*with existing technologies including chemical recycling

Amcor Rigid Packaging

Regional Buyer Lead

Ann Arbor, MI

Position Summary

Manage a team of 4- 6 procurement buyers to achieve procurement operations excellence goals. Identify and implement Category and Procurement strategies within business operations. Perform market and trends analyses to conduct benchmarking activities and business intelligence and partner with the procurement category managers to instill cost savings and operational improvement practices. Enhance the total Procurement value sourced from the Category's supply base by driving standardization, consolidation, optimization and product substitution tactics across key procurement categories. Negotiate contracts and achieve cost savings from vendors in key indirect categories. Strive for elevated level of Procure to Pay (P2P) and Procurement performance with desire and demonstration of capability to move into progressively advanced procurement positions. Review and approve ordering of necessary goods and services and finalize order details and deliveries. Manage and drive supplier performance and continuous improvement programs with plant and Category leaders. Review discrepancies in supplier performance and cost competitiveness, and initiate process changes to optimize costs including acquisition of new suppliers, and consolidation of spend. Manage relationships with plant stakeholders to implement P2P and Procurement strategies, while aligning with operational strategic plans. Lead and implement P2P supplier catalog improvements to support further productivity improvement and cost reductions. Engage in sustained communication and end user training initiatives to drive message of compliance and "doing things right the first time". Govern an automated invoice reconciliation process for purchase orders, goods receipts, and contracts, resulting in nearly complete acceptance and accuracy. Deliver P2P sustainable business value including supply assurance, cost, quality, service and innovation to meet business needs.


Strategy and operational excellence

  • Identify sourcing requirements for plants and implement appropriate tactics that combine sharing the spares, product substitution, directing spend to preferred suppliers, reduce reliance on OEM suppliers, leveraging repair and rebuild of parts

  • Lead analysis of market and competitive conditions, and provide input to category managers in the formulation of strategies for indirect categories and sourcing activities
  • Design and implement tactical action steps to execute on indirect category and Procurement Point team strategies for the company
  • Manage supplier base across the Plants. Leverage plant spend across regions and globally if appropriate

  • Identify opportunities for consolidation of spend on company's P2P solution (Ariba), and design and implement strategies to expand the solution footprint to other categories, geographies and suppliers

  • Manage a curriculum of relevant supplier and co-worker training materials by developing new and/or updating existing content
  • Lead delivery of routine training to suppliers and co-workers

    Negotiations and compliance monitoring

    • Enhance the relationship with suppliers in an innovative way to maximise value
    • Select, prepare and execute commercial agreements relevant to the category indirect categories in scope, specifically spares and consumables, professional services, office supplies
    • Manage negotiation process, content and results in alignment with company's procurement policies
    • Engage with category managers on supplier pricing issues and where updates to contracts are needed as the business needs evolve
    • Monitor compliance of plants to company's finance, procurement and data management policies, and escalate non-compliance to appropriate finance and procurement category managers/directors for further guidance and appropriate remedial action

      Relationship Management

      • Manage relationship with key stakeholders to develop and implement effective sourcing strategies for the relevant indirect categories to ensure quality of services and improved value to the company
      • Build strong rapport with plant operational stakeholders and local suppliers
      • Establish Procurement cross-functional teams to negotiate and implement improved operational and commercial supply outcomes for the business and customers
      • Collaborate closely with relevant plants to ensure understanding and compliance with key procurement and Procurement Point Team strategies

        Project management

        • Strong bias for action
        • Manage a set of initiatives in a dynamic and constantly evolving tactical procurement landscape
        • Structured thinking, planning of projects from their inception to flawless delivery against milestones and deadlines

        • Identify potential risks to milestones and design mitigation actions

          Data analysis, process and systems improvement

          • Leverage data and analytics for informed decision making
          • Comfortable with spend analysis, scenario planning, what-if analysis
          • Adept at source to pay process and the building blocks within
          • Demonstrated understanding of procurement systems and their critical role in process automation

            Financial Planning and Reporting

            • Deliver monthly management reports measuring - catalog vs. non-catalog spend, Ariba compliance, product substitution, inventory management. Define and implement necessary corrective actions

            • Track and report Procurement savings, support procure-to-pay process improvement within the Plants, monitor TCO improvement as well as working capital improvement using the tracking tools in place
            • Provide ad hoc reports and forecasts on P2P and Procurement project performance vs plan. Track P2P KPI performance, including trend reporting and corrective action execution when needed

              Personnel management

              • Players coach with strong bias for nurturing and developing talent.
              • Direct 4-6 indirect regional buyers in the process of management of purchase requisitions, handling escalations, management of purchase order or invoice exceptions, expedite deliveries, resolution of supplier quality issues and adjust supply chain as required
              • Manage workload among the regional buyers to ensure timely supply of goods and services to their respective plants
              • Responsible for hiring, goal setting, performance evaluation and career growth plans for direct reports
              • Regularly assess skills requirement to effectively manage tactical execution of indirect procurement categories and manage appropriate training and development plan to address skills gaps, if any


                • Bachelor's degree in business or related field is a must (MBA preferred)
                • 5+ years of relevant experience in engineering or manufacturing industry
                • 3 - 5 years of managerial experience working in Procurement or Supply Chain Management functions
                • Experience with Lean, Six Sigma process improvement methodologies or similar

                • Expert knowledge of procurement processes and supplier quality systems

                • Experience working in a large, complex multi-location manufacturing organization
                • Advanced knowledge and hands-on experience with SAP - Ariba, ERP and MDM systems
                • Demonstrated effectiveness using Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Word at advanced competency level
                • Strong action/results orientation with the ability to work with minimal oversight, to be self-motivated and proactive in achieving individual/team objectives

                • Motivate, coach, develop and lead direct reports and effectively lead team of 5 - 6 buyers
                • Demonstrated effective problem-solving and analytical skills
                • Proven ability to communicate, influence others and manage multiple resources

                • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and an ability to articulate views convincingly and influence internal clients and external suppliers
                • Demonstrated understanding of working in a complex environment and interaction with other functions and business groups

                • Certification in SAP - MM and/or PP, SAP MDM, Ariba (Procure to Pay), Microsoft Project, Tableau, Power BI or other analytical tools are strongly desired
                • Strong data analysis and data manipulation skills

                  Company Leadership Framework Competencies Core Competencies:

                  • Supplier negotiations
                  • Teaming for customer success
                  • Drive for results
                  • Analytical and problem solving
                  • Interpersonal savvy
                  • Effective communications

                    3-5 Applicable ALF Competencies:

                    • Building Effective Teams

                      • Managing & Measuring Work

                        • Influencing Others

                          • Developing Direct Reports

                            • Organizing


                              • Reports directly to the Director of Procurement Systems and Tactical Execution
                              • Roles reporting to the Regional Buyer Lead

                                • Regional Buyer - Indirectly

                                • Supports the following internal customers/other colleagues

                                  • Procurement Category Directors/Managers
                                  • Plant Managers
                                  • Maintenance Managers
                                  • Materials Managers
                                  • Materials Co-ordinators
                                  • Master Data Specialists
                                  • Plant Controllers


                                    25 - 30% travel, mainly in the US

                                    ADA Requirements:

                                    Physical Requirements
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                                    ---Distant Vision

                                    --'Near Vision --'Hearing/ Listening

                                    --' Sitting

                                    --'Talking/Speaking --'Hand/Finger Dexterity

                                    --' Walking

                                    ---Standing ---Stooping


                                    ---Bending ---Kneeling


                                    ---Lifting (amount 50+ pounds) ---Carrying (amount 50+ pounds)

                                    ---Driving- Forklift

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                                    ---Driving - Automobile/truck/van
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                                    Work Environment: Office Environment

                                    The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties, responsibilities, skills and/or abilities.

                                    Amcor is a thriving S&P 500 organisation listed both on the NYSE (AMCR) and ASX (AMC) with US$13 billion in sales. We have a proud history dating back to the 1860's and come a long way from a single paper mill based in Melbourne to becoming the global leading packaging company. Today, Amcor is an international organisation empowering its 50,000 employees in over 40 countries and across 250 sites.

                                    At Amcor we believe in talent through diversity and promote equal opportunity in the workplace and recognise that discrimination and harassment of co-workers based on race, creed, disability, gender, marital or maternity status, religious or political beliefs, age or sexual orientation is unlawful.




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