• Director of Procurement

    Job Locations US-CA-City of Industry
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  • Overview & Essential Job Functions

    Position Summary:


    The Procurement Director (PD) is responsible for managing the Procure to Pay (P2P) process and all procurement operations, related processes and procedures in support of company strategy and related company policies. Working with and through Operations and Finance/IT teams, the Procurement Director maximizes vendor discounts, cash flow benefits from payment terms, product/service quality, and all other purchasing activity.  The PD is accountable for delivering all reporting from Athens procurement systems including Dossier & DDI and assuring that information from other systems is included as needed.  The PD plays an instrumental role in transformation of PtP processes including assuring all processes are adequately documented and controlled.


    Essential Job Functions:

    • Manages end to end P2P process working with all teams (Operations, Finance, Tax, Customer Service, Billing, et al) as appropriate to assure adherence to policies and procedures, metrics are maintained, and desired results are achieved
    • Works as a partner with the business to deliver strategic sourcing objectives
    • Determines optimal sourcing for the company to minimize spend on needed goods and services
    • Evaluates bid responses and recommends bids of acceptable quality, cost saving and payment terms for final approval
    • Handles administrative matters including preparing and submitting the budget for approval and setting department goals as aligned with targets/goals established by the management team.
    • Monitors, assesses and controls the department’s financial and operational performance and takes action to redirect activities as appropriate
    • Serves as a primary point of contact for assigned supply base and act as the escalation point of contact for suppliers
    • Monitors and manages relevant metrics including: spend analytics, operational efficiencies, supplier performance, warranty recovery and benefit capture from procurement activities
    • Leads cross-functional teams in the development and implementation cost reduction initiatives
    • Develops, documents, and leads process standardization to ensure policy requirements are met
    • Manages key suppliers to ensure that they meet their contractual obligations and strives to leverage sourcing cooperation for mutual benefit
    • Oversees activities of Purchasing and Inventory Specialists at field locations and assures field sourced vendors are on-boarded in accordance with Procurement requirements and policies
    • Ensures that Purchasing and Inventory Specialists are maintaining inventory accuracy and following inventory procedures to include adherence to the cycle count program.
    • Works with General Managers, Maintenance Managers and Purchasing and Inventory Specialists to ensure that optimal levels of inventory are maintained and excess/obsolete inventory is dispositioned. 
    • Coordinates and participates in the implementation of effective supplier performance management initiatives to ensure continuous improvement
    • Continually seeks process improvements for P2P process and own department
    • Serve as the  “champion” or key point of contact for the DDI and Dossier systems
    • Performs other duties as required

    Qualifications & Environmental Demands

    Required Qualifications:


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Purchasing/Supply Management, Supply Chain Management or any other related field
    • 5-10 years of relevant purchasing experience
    • Direct experience negotiating large contracts as well as experience in multiple business unit/sector spend categories
    • Exceptional and proven managerial skills
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including Word and Excel
    • Proficient in data management, e-sourcing tools, and purchasing systems
    • Excellent negotiation skills, communication, presentation, customer service, and interpersonal skills
    • Excellent time management skills and team orientated
    • Strong research, analytical, business process analysis and problem solving skills with an internal customer focus
    • Must be able to communicate effectively and professionally across various levels of the organization and with key external customers and suppliers
    • Ability to overcome obstacles and adapt approach to achieve outstanding results.
    • Able to effectively manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
    • Ability to perform physical requirements of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. 

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Professional certification in supply chain.
    • Six Sigma or Lean Sigma certified.
    • Waste industry experience
    • Trucking and truck repair industry experience 

    Physical/Environmental Demands:


    • Physical:
      • Sitting, seeing, hearing, speaking & smelling continuously
      • Problem solving, oral/written communication, analytical ability, calculating, concentration, & interpersonal abilities continuously
      • Eye/hand coordination, fingering (typing), handling, & wrist motion continuously
      • Standing, & walking frequently
      • Bending, reaching, & stretching occasionally
    • Environmental:
      • Exposure to dust, smoke, fumes, odors, & noise occasionally
      • Exposure to grease, oil, chemicals, & wet slippery surfaces, hot/cold conditions occasionally
      • Works inside and outside


    Desired Profile:

    The successful candidate will:

    • Have experience working closely with Executive Management and BU owners (T+PD, Finance, etc.),
    • demonstrate the ability to provide Strategic and Tactical benefits to the business units and the wider organization
    • Have managed annual spend in excess of $300 million.
    • Possess a commercial skillset, with strong analytical and finance capabilities, advanced negotiation skills, high attention-to-detail and the ability to build key stakeholder relationships-while maintaining focus on the end result
    • Be able to communicate effectively across all levels of an organization to give direction on Procurement, Sourcing, and Contracting of goods and services (providing leadership and direction for diverse and complex functions with contribution to development of the organization's business strategy)
    • A good understanding of logistics is essential, waste and trucking industry knowledge a big plus, with the ability to assist with one-off projects requiring quick learning capability to understand different technologies a big help. The candidate will be expected to drive End-to-End ownership of the Procurement "Source to Contract" cycle.  Other key competencies:
    • Analyze needs & market dynamics
    • Develop sourcing strategy
    • Request for Proposal (RFP) process management (where necessary / appropriate)
    • Vendor negotiations (and documentation)
    • Partner with Business Units for supplier selection & contract finalization
    • Manage supplier performance
    • Interpret business strategy and develops organizational objectives to align with strategy



    • Comprehensive benefit package Medical, Dental, Vision
    • 401K
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Life Insurance
    • Paid Vacation and Sick Time
    • Recognition programs
    • Professional development learning


    Athens will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance and any other applicable state, federal or local laws. EEO/M/F/disability/veteran


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