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Purchasing Supervisor

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The Marley Company

Waukesha, WI

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The purchasing supervisor is responsible for leading and supervising a team of 4-5 sourcing analysts, and senior sourcing analysts, to maintain adequate supply of purchased materials to support manufacturing operations. Yearly spend is estimated at $115M. This is a working supervisor role, and the purchasing supervisor will be directly responsible for $10M-$30M in spend. This role has broad responsibilities including but not limited to supplier selection, price negotiation, purchase order placement, expediting, and determining ordering and material flow strategies. The role will work with the Strategic Sourcing Team when dealing with critical suppliers. A strong background in ERP/MRP functionality is required in this role, preferably SAP.

The purchasing supervisor will be exposed to all levels of management, both at the local level as well as the supplier level, to deliver year over year improvements in material cost, quality, availability and inventory. The purchasing supervisor must establish and maintain relationships with all critical suppliers.


Lead and coach the team of sourcing analysts and senior sourcing analysts to improve and maintain a high level of performance. Provide growth and learning opportunities that align with KPIs.

Use metrics/dashboards/scorecards to track and improve performance. Determine any needed changes to KPIs to ensure we are measuring and working on the right things

Act as initial escalation point for issues that arise concerning pricing, terms, expedites, etc.

Run and analyze project level shortage reports to ensure materials are ordered and tracking to required dates to support production. Work with analysts to resolve issues.

Analyze and understand key system based issues driving raw inventory levels. Implement solutions as needed to achieve raw inventory targets

Analyze SAP MRP (stock status) and place purchase orders to meet the production requirements of the plant. Expedite materials as needed to meet production need dates.

Work independently or with Strategic Sourcing Team to negotiate with suppliers for lower pricing, better payment terms, yearly rebates, etc.

Work with Supply Chain and Manufacturing Engineering to determine and set SAP parameters to ensure lowest Total Cost of Ownership. This includes Minimum Buys, Rounding Values, Reorder Points, Safety Stocks, etc.

Coach analysts to identify the optimum flow path for each material from Supplier to Point-of-Use to ensure minimum number of material touches.

Take a professional and disciplined approach to working with suppliers ensuring transparency, consistency and fairness. Implement and support compliance to standards, and minimize risk and cost exposure. Share and review forecast requirements and resolve design, delivery, quality, and cost of materials problems.

Monitor and review the price, delivery and quality of incoming materials to maintain a dependable and high performing supplier base.

Correct, change and approve invoices for payment.

Assist marketing, engineering, quality, manufacturing, and others in the selection of components and suppliers to meet the production needs of the corporation.

Assure appropriate adjustments and credits are processed with suppliers involving the replacement of materials not conforming to purchase specifications.

Analyze usage and requirement patterns for parts having a lead-time greater than our information cycle to assure future deliveries.

Monitor inventory to coordinate new materials and prevent obsolescence and excess inventory amounts.

Design and implement sourcing strategies to attain year over year material cost reduction, material quality/delivery improvements and inventory reduction targets through the use of appropriate supply chain tools.

Work with engineering and quality to develop new suppliers with systems to support quick development, low cost and high quality.

Ability to analyze a variety of products, technical requirements, delivery needs and financial ramifications of stocking, purchasing, delivery, and storing of materials for the corporations need

The purchasing supervisor will be working with confidential data and must be prudent in its use of interpretation.

Strategic planning and thinking skills, coupled with analytical and execution skills are critical to the position.


A strong understanding of MRP systems, SAP preferred

An excellent team player with strong people skills; able to build relationships at all levels of the organization

Effective communication skills, including verbal (logical and organized), written, listening and presentation

Strategic Planning & Thinking

Analytical Skills


Required Education / Experience

Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Finance, Engineering, Materials Management or related field is required. Minimum of 8 years work experience in relevant environment employing purchasing, material control, sourcing systems and tools to support the manufacture of highly technical, engineered to order products.

Strong working knowledge of MRP/ERP functionality as it relates to scheduling and materials

Ability to define metrics and manage the team to those metrics

Preferred Education / Experience

Masters Degree in Business or a Technical field

SAP Experience/Super-user experience

Experience managing a supplier scorecard/supplier metrics with a history of success

APICS certification (CPIM or CSCP), CPM certification, Six-Sigma experience and quality experience.

About SPX

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SPX Corporation is a leading supplier of highly engineered HVAC products, detection and measurement technologies and power equipment. With operations in about 20 countries, SPX Corporation has approximately $2 billion in annual revenue and approximately 6,000 employees worldwide. SPX Corporation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol, SPXC. For more information, please visit ***********.

SPX is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other reason prohibited by applicable law.

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We are a leading full-line, full-service cooling tower and air-cooled condenser manufacturer. The companies that formed SPX Cooling Technologies were founded more than 100 years ago and have more than 250 global patents in the power generation, industrial, refrigeration, and HVAC markets.

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