National Oilwell Varco Buyer - Raw Materials in United States

Title: Buyer - Raw Materials Location: null Other Locations: null

As Raw Material Buyer, you will lead competitive sourcing and purchase negotiations, in line with our business policies and ISE strategic sourcing direction. Specifically, the parts you will buy are forgings, castings, tube, profiles and billets predominantly from steel for the manufacture of valves and flowline equipment. You will execute sourcing plans, especially implementation of change programs involving new suppliers and / or spend practice. The quality of your information will be required by the Operational management team to ensure the delivery of goods through the supply chain, to support the site in maximising overall on time delivery performance and cost efficiencies. Whilst we already have existing relationships with both local and global suppliers you will engage and develop strong relationships to maximise commercial advantage, also seeking new or alternative suppliers, in line with quality programs and initiatives to maximise the potential for improved service delivery and quality to our exacting customer requirements. Developing our business goes hand in hand with developing our people’s skills; with the support of the Gateshead management team and ISE strategic sourcing, you will be open to career progression and continued self-development in order to reach personal and business goals.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: • Ensure all company policies surrounding purchasing, health & safety, quality requirements and housekeeping are met • Fully accountable for achieving all relevant KPIs specific to supplier delivery performance and those which contribute to the overall site KPIs • Align with ISE strategic purchasing for the procurement of forgings / billets / tube / castings / profiles • Leading competitive sourcing and purchase negotiations for low value processes at site level • Completing non-competitive purchases for low value processes • Execution of sourcing plans, especially implementation of change programs involving new suppliers or spend practice • Communicate effectively with other members of the Gateshead procurement team throughout the procurement journey to manage expectations and provide a positive internal customer experience • Supplier and contract management to ensure on time delivery and quality performance • Lead and participate in contract negotiations which could have a wider impact on site services and provisions • Work within a framework of targets including savings, effectiveness and efficiency in delivery • Develop Purchasing strategies • Communicate and seek agreement from your internal customers on the strategy • Modify any Purchasing contracts in line with internal customer feedback • Implement the agreed Purchasing contracts • Manage the acceptance of organisational wide agreement • Develop supplier networks • Identify key users within departments to understand the full manufacturing process from quotation to delivery whilst identifying risk points in each area and work with stakeholders to reduce those risks • Benchmark activities within your category • Identify and implement continuous improvement opportunities both internally and externally. • To identify and report on all Value For Money activities • To actively participate in cross-organisational agreements • Attend key stakeholder meetings both internally and externally • Compile data to assist in cross party projects • Build a network of contacts within your category area • Travel as and when required • Any other duties that may be required from time to time commensurate with the grade of the job SKILLS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Strategic · Capable of keeping abreast of an evolving portfolio of products and services · An exceptional ability to understand, evaluate and apply technical information · Able to understand the business needs and drivers and align with the strategic initiative · Can create competitive breakthrough strategies as well as plan and operationalise innovative ideas Operating · Adept at exercising good judgement (sometimes with incomplete information) whilst being constrained by tight deadlines · Able to apportion time effectively to complete tasks · Be willing to provide colleagues with the information they need to complete their tasks and eliminate roadblocks · Able to define, work within and improve business processes whilst exercising good judgement based on immediate and future business needs.

Confidence · Can be counted on to take personal responsibility in challenging situations and be willing to engage in disputes in order to settle them equitably Energy · Will be energised by challenges and drawn towards opportunities Organisational · Is cognizant of organizational culture and politics, and appropriately adjusts personal style to be effective
Personal and Interpersonal · Imbued with a strong sense of customer focus (internal/external) · Is known to consistently adhere to ethical principles and expects others to follow suit · Committed to self-improvement and development through the role in order to achieve career goals · A candid team player who collaborates with peers to solve problems · Firm and diplomatic when negotiating

Quality

Essential

Desirable

Qualifications:

· Degree in Business or Administration related subject and / or Engineering

· Studying towards CIPS or MCIPS

Experience:

· Working knowledge of a purchasing environment and raw material procurement (Forgings / Castings / Tube / Billets / Profiles etc.)
· Proven track record of negotiating with suppliers
· Knowledge of metallurgy and metal forming · Knowledge of Technical buying

· Proven track record of ETO project involvement and sourcing of ETO products

Skills, training or special knowledge

· Computer literacy (including good command of Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook) · ERP & Purchasing Systems · Familiar with Quality Assurance and Vendor Performance standards

· Working knowledge of Vantage and or Syteline systems