Relocation Available
Position Type
Full Time

Overview / Job Summary

Aleris is a global leader in the manufacture and sale of aluminum rolled products, with approximately 14 facilities in three geographically aligned business units in North America, Europe and China.  We serve a variety of end-use industries, including aerospace, automotive, defense, building and construction, transportation, packaging, and consumer goods.


Our Non-Metal (indirect) Procurement division is seeking to add a Buyer II to its centralized Corporate Buying Team located at our corporate headquarters in Beachwood, Ohio.  Members of the buying team are responsible for executing the purchase of goods and services from a centralized pool of requisitions created from multiple North American Aleris locations. The buying team receives a high volume of requests on a daily basis, and is expected to transact purchases efficiently and with a high level of accuracy and quality. The person filling this role will execute against category strategies, support sourcing projects, and negotiate procurement agreements for selected segments of Aleris’ North American procurement spend. The position is expected to support collaborative processes between Corporate Procurement and Aleris’ North American plants in order to optimize total value. The procurement team has a broad scope of responsibility, and therefore buyers will be responsible for purchasing from multiple categories, e.g. MRO, chemicals, paints, oils/lubricants,  services, etc.

Responsibilities Include


  • Evaluate customer's request for purchases, solicit bids from external suppliers, compare and analyze based on customer's request, develop and propose solution to customer, initiate necessary changes and process by creating a PO.
  • Perform day to day purchase activities including but not limited to processing requisitions, issuing purchase orders, obtaining vendor confirmations, verifying promise dates, and confirming product delivery for various Aleris manufacturing plants throughout the country
  • May be responsible for validating vendors and category spend within the Procurement Systems (Oracle, OBIEE, MLS & custom systems)
  • Participate in importing, transforming, validating and/or modeling data to help drive key Procurement decisions and activities
  • In conjunction with Category Managers, lead strategic sourcing projects involving cross-functional team members at multiple locations
  • Drive process improvements to improve overall efficiencies within the procure to pay process
  • Proven knowledge in lean manufacturing / six sigma methodology
  • Conduct training for plant personnel within Oracle I-Procurement, and actively participate in the training of new Buyers
  • May assist with Plant Storeroom Management including the management of internal parts tracking
  • Issue purchase orders and expedite all required orders
  • Review requisitions and obtain required information to make successful and efficient purchases
  • Research the specifications and obtain quotes of complex SKUs across a wide range of non-metal commodities
  • Negotiate with vendors to ensure best pricing and delivery, and support resolution of performance and delivery issues
  • Create, evaluate and report out on procurement metrics
  • Work with Accounts Payable and Vendors to resolve invoice disputes. Drive dispute resolutions to completion.
  • Work with new Supplier to onboard obtaining necessary financial information.
  • Execute against category strategies set by Senior Procurement Management
  • Promote transactions to preferred supply base
  • Pursue cost savings / cost avoidance by soliciting pricing bids/quotes and negotiating pricing with vendors in conjunction with category managers
  • Have the flexibility to support multiple time zones and availability for rotating emergency call schedule

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain, Purchasing, Operations or related field
  • 3-5 Years of Purchasing experience or related work.
  • 3-5 years in manufacturing environment and/or with a manufacturing company.
  • Oracle experience or other ERP platforms
  • Familiar with Lean Manufacturing Concepts and Techniques
  • Willingness to drive change and foster accountability throughout an organization
  • Collaborative:  must have the ability to work closely and understand the needs of business partners in AP, IT, Audit, Legal and Plant Stakeholders
  • Good analytical skills; ability to quickly and effective analyze data and make sound decisions
  • High energy with the ability to thrive in a fast paced, transformational work environment
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time to Aleris facilities or supplier locations


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5 or more years of procurement, sourcing, negotiations or contract implementation.  Specific experience with MRO, chemicals, paints, building and construction, refractory, and various other categories and services is a plus
  • Master’s Degree in Supply Chain or similar background
  • Oracle purchase experience and a strong Oracle background
  • Proven Experience in Lean Manufacturing Concepts and Techniques
  • Superior negotiation skills
  • Experience communicating with both corporate and shop floor / manufacturing stakeholders.
  • Strong conflict management skills with the ability to effectively collaborate with and constructively challenge purchase stakeholders


Aleris is an equal opportunity employer and supports diversity in the workplace.  Qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.  Our HR teams will reach out to the applicants who met the qualifications and most closely aligned with requirements of the positions.


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