Weir Group 2018-17432 in Madison, Wisconsin

Weir has been in business since 1871 and our sustainability and success has been built on attracting, retaining, and developing exceptional people.

As a global company, employing around 15,000 people in over 70 countries, we reflect the diversity of our customers in the diversity of our people and ensure everyone is given the opportunity to flourish regardless of their gender, race, beliefs or background.

Weir is an inclusive and innovative organisation where you can be your authentic self. We continually develop our talent and diversity of thought to keep our business relevant, innovative and successful for the future.

Enabling our people to unleash their full potential is central to ‘We are Weir’, our vision, mission, and strategic priorities. We aim to be the most admired engineering business in our markets and we'll achieve that ambition by being the employer of choice in our markets.

We offer a wide range of career opportunities across a variety of technical and business roles in engineering, manufacturing and service locations worldwide.

Under the direction of the Procurement Manager/ Supervisor, the Senior Buyer/Planner is responsible for on time delivery, competitive cost, improved inventory turns, and quality of all the raw materials, machined products, finished goods, and services purchased to support Manufacturing, Sales, and Customer Service in accordance with company policies and procedures

  • Identify, support, and/or execute sourcing strategy and initiatives. Drive supplier on-time-delivery, quality, lead time reduction, cost reduction, and procurement process improvement for assigned categories and/ or responsibilities.

  • Manage procure-to-pay process, including procurement planners, purchase orders, invoices, lead time validation, and delivery for assigned categories. Support internal customers and build strong working relationship internally and externally.

  • Closely monitor and evaluate supplier performance. Identify supplier capacity, capability, and eliminate supply risks. Coordinate and conduct supplier periodic business reviews, negotiations, supplier assessment, and on-site audits. Work closely with supplier quality engineer to identify and implement corrective actions.

  • Manage supplier base for assigned category. Identify cost savings opportunities and execute. Track related commodity index. Generate cost model for assigned category.

  • Process RMAs (returned material authorization). Manage purchased inventory, expedite supplier shipments. Initiate and manage RFQ/ RFP and supplier selection process. Work with cross functional team to support new product introduction.

  • Recommend and implement efficiency, tools, standard practices, and procedures. Be technical involved in assigned category to execute daily activities.

  • Facilitate and lead projects assigned. Collaborate with other parts of Weir Minerals business units when necessary to support North America Weir Minerals.

  • Mentor and develop other staff within the procurement team when applicable. Promote team work and customer focused approach between different departments.

  • Some travel required.

  • Comply with all Supply Chain / Operations Department and Company policies, procedures, and programs.

  • Follow and comply with all safety and work rules and regulations. Maintain departmental housekeeping standards.

  • Promote and maintain a flexible, cooperative, team oriented, and customer focused attitude within and between departments.

  • Responsible for Environmental Health and Safety management and policy commitments as prescribed for this role in Weir's Duty of Care.

Nothing in this position description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Purchasing, Engineering, Operations, or Business is required. Minimum of seven years with purchasing experience in manufacturing environment utilizing MRP is required.

Preferred experiences include: good Casting and Machining related procurement experience, strong supply base and supplier performance management skills, ability to drive sourcing initiatives, and project management skills

Language Skills:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Good negotiation, analytical, influencing, and communication skills

  • Familiar with strategic sourcing and commodity management

  • Ability to negotiate supplier agreements

  • Good analytical skills. Problem solver with strategic and technical mindset.

  • Customer focused with strong execution and proactive approach to deliver both short term and long term deliverables s.

  • A team player and self-starter with good business acumen.

  • Ability to travel 30%+ both domestically and internationally

  • Adaptive to new IT technology, tools, and processes.

  • Solid MS Excel skills and working knowledge of web-based applications.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: if not applicable, delete this line

Requires a valid driver’s license. APICS certification preferred.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle and touch objects. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. Employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms.

The employee is occasionally required to lift up to ten pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

General office environment. Occasionally exposed to noise, fumes, and temperature changes when working in the manufacturing area. Moderate noise.

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; responds promptly to customer needs; solicits customer feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance; meets commitments.

Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; builds commitment and overcomes resistance; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.

Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources.

Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Initiative - Volunteers readily; undertakes self-development activities; seeks increased responsibilities; takes independent actions and calculated risks; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; asks for and offers help when needed.

Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.

ID: 2018-17432

Shift Schedule: Day

External Company Name: The Weir Group PLC

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