• Buyer I

    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 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

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following, other dutites may be assigned:

    • 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
    • Competitively bid goods/services to obtain best pricing, quality and delivery
    • Review Open Order and Past Due Reports to ensure product arrives in a timely manner
    • Issue purchase orders and expedite all required orders
    • Support Procurement Managers as needed included but not limited to special projects
    • 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 disputes to full resolution.
    • Provide guidance to stakeholders regarding new vendor set up in Oracle including training and conducting a needs assessment
    • Execute against category strategies set by the Procurement Management
    • Promote transactions to preferred supply base
    • Have the flexibility to support multiple time zones and availability for rotating emergency call schedule

    Required Qualifications

    Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Purchasing, Operations or related area of study
    • 1-3 Years Purchasing or related experience
    • Oracle experience strongly preferred, or other ERP platforms
    • Proficient in MS Excel and MS-Office suite
    • Communicative: must be a polished, courteous, & clear communicator written and orally. Must be willing to pick up the phone to resolve disputes and/or ask questions with plant personnel, internal staff, and vendors
    • Collaborative: must have the ability to work closely and understand the needs of business partners in AP, IT, Internal Audit, Legal, at the Plants etc.
    • Autonomous: must function independently without the need for micro-management
    • Organized: must keep copious records and effective file management
    • Technically Savvy: must have some familiarity with Business Savvy:  must have some familiarity with plant operations
    • Detail-Oriented: must have the ability to dig into granular detail, analytical, & insightful
    • Responsiveness: must be extremely responsive to stakeholder inquiries
    • Coachable: must be receptive to feedback that speaks to process improvement and customer service
    • Timely: must be punctual, and an effective manager of time
    • Efficient: must be an efficient manager of resources (technical, physical, financial & human)
    • Relentless: must be in constant pursuit of functional excellence
    • Strong 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
    • Ethical and professional behavior of a purchasing professional


    Preferred Qualifications:

    • 2 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
    • Oracle purchasing experience and a strong Oracle background
    • Experience in Lean Manufacturing Concepts and Techniques
    • 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.
    • Willingness to help drive change throughout the organization.


    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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