Category Lead - Direct in Mobile, AL at Austal

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Mobile, AL

Job Description

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Austal shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.  Austal’s commitment to equal employment opportunity applies at all levels of employment, in all job titles, including the executive level, and to all employment actions, including but not limited to decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion. 

Quoting and negotiating (when applicable) and issuing purchase orders up to
authorized limits for raw materials, parts, subassemblies, finished goods, MRO
materials, equipment, tooling, supplies and/or services from suppliers via purchase
requisitions or MRP messages.
• Complex Market Research; Supplier Sourcing; Complex Financial Analysis; Supplier
Assessments; Interpret drawings/specifications/SOW
• Working as a supervisor, managing and providing guidance and oversite to team
• Following up with requestors and end users regarding purchase order due dates
and status when inquiries are made.
• Following traffic and logistics guidelines and minimizing the use of expedited
shipping services where/when possible.
• Skillfully balancing the price, delivery, quality, service and value tradeoffs and
rationalizing the supply base on the given buying desk.
• Following all supply chain policies, procedures, guidelines and instructions including
Title: Procurement Category Lead Approved by: VP, SCM
Reference: JDFUSA1334 Bill Rebarick
Updated 7/15/2020
those regarding the procurement of materials and particularly the ability to keep
confidential information regarding all purchasing or commodity strategies
confidential (and in some cases, within the supply chain function exclusively).
• Running and maintaining the buying desk’s purchase requisition or MRP open
order, expedite, de-expedite, and past due reports.
• Working in cooperation with material planning, production planning and logistics to
reduce part inventory, obsolete and slow moving materials and handle schedule
• Striving to increase understanding of the services, material and manufacturing
processes associated with the assigned buying desk.
• Providing assistance to related departments when applicable to the assigned buying
desk (e.g., supplier invoice discrepancies with Accounting, non-conforming material and
supplier root cause and corrective actions with Quality, etc.).
• Representing the supplier inside Austal.
• Maintaining close communication with supplier account and customer service
personnel, and management levels if necessary, so as to minimize risk due to
supplier capacity issues, plant shutdowns, and other day to day disruptions that may
affect Austal and/or open purchase orders
• Conducting supplier site audits and investigations.
• Creating and tracking supplier metrics and advising suppliers of their performance.
• Creating and tracking Buyer metrics for those in their supervisory organization
• Maintaining professional relationships with suppliers on the assigned buying desk
even in difficult times.
• Knowing when to escalate issues to, or ask for help from, the next level of
management in the Supply Chain function.
• Gathering information to evaluate the financial stability, technical capability, process
control, capacity and continuous improvement techniques of
suppliers on the assigned buying desk when required.
• Conducting business in accordance with Austal policies, procedures and business ethics
• Providing input to, and report outs on, commodity strategies and related projects.
• Reviewing statements of work when required.
• Maintaining the Buyer scorecard for the assigned buying desk to assist with cost
savings/cost avoidance reporting.
• Purchasing in both MRP and project/purchase requisition oriented type
environments under Contractor Purchasing System Review guidelines.
• Supervising Buyers
• Working under pressure and in some cases, tight deadlines.
• Working under varying degrees of supervision.
• Participating in plant continuous improvement, Lean Manufacturing, 5S, and other
initiatives involving the Supply Chain function or assigned buying desk when
• Being the main contact point for outside departments (e.g., Engineering, Accounting,
etc.) as well as suppliers.
• Participating in price book activities.
• Other duties as assigned
• Some travel may be required.
• Some time required to be aboard ship.
Updated 7/15/2020
• Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain, Material Management or related field and
8 years’ purchasing experience required OR candidates without a degree may be
considered with at least 12 years’ of purchasing experience.
• Previous leadership experience preferred.
• ERP/MRP: IFS preferred; others like BAAN, SAP, JD Edwards and Oracle are
• General understanding of how to read blueprints/drawings, interpret specifications and
review statements of work.
• Understanding of the Uniform Commercial Code, U.S. Government FAR,
DFARS and ITAR requirements.
• General understanding of enterprise quality system functionality (e.g., ISO 9000,
AS9100, TS16949, etc.).
• General understanding of ERP systems and MRP logic.
• Very strong organizational and prioritization skills required
• Ability to communicate effectively with suppliers, coworkers, internal customers
• Ability to recognize critical situations and immediately take appropriate action
• Computer proficient utilizing all Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Word,
PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook
• Demonstrate high initiative and drive to address problems and drive to resolution
• Manage Time and Meet Deadlines
• Excellent verbal and written communicator.
• Interact effectively with individuals at all levels of an organization including senior
• Ability to motivate and lead, demonstrate integrity and dedication, problem-solve, and
get results.