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GAF Purchasing Manager in Des Moines, Iowa

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Job Description:

We are looking for a skilled Purchasing Manager who will be responsible for planning and organizing Indirect sourcing initiatives with respect to technology related projects. The Purchasing Manager runs RFx events and negotiates agreements to ensure that purchases are made at the lowest total cost and highest quality consistent with the needs of the internal stakeholder, and in alignment with company policies and procedures. The candidate will monitor macro trends in their supplier contract base and devise and implement plans to react, protecting GAF from commodity price swings. The individual will drive adherence to defined supplier performance metrics and will manage the supply base to ensure alignment with those metrics. The candidate will also lead, and/or participate on, cross functional teams and will drive implementation of sourcing requirements necessary to achieve project objectives. They will have a mature understanding of the industry and will maintain industry and supplier contacts and relationships, building effective partnerships. The Purchasing Manager will exhibit full commodity understanding (function, technology, content difference) necessary to align targets and program deliverables. The individual will demonstrate understanding of the commodity competitive market and key commodity indices in order to make recommendations and implement alternative suppliers or alternative materials.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensure all purchases are made in accordance with company policies and procedures.

  • Identify cost saving opportunities using competitive bidding (RFx), negotiations, and drive service improvements.

  • Negotiatetechnologycontractsspecificallyaround“as-a-service”cloudofferings(e.g. SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, RaaS).

  • Negotiate professional services contracts including managed services relationships and software development services.

  • Support renewal requests, budgetary pricing requests, contract inquiries, NDAs and Statement of Work review requests.

  • Maintain appropriate documentation and files for all projects.

  • Support the improvement and upkeep of sourcing templates and other documentation used within Indirect Purchasing.

  • Collaborate with GAF Teams (Legal, Data Privacy, IT, Risk) and where necessary, those of its global affiliates to mitigate risk during contract negotiations.

  • Leadsupply-basedprojects,identifyingbenefitsandprovidingperiodicupdatesto management.

  • Report on active projects and contribute to collaborative, cross-functional reports.

  • Contribute to process improvements and to driving efficiencies within projects.

  • Back up and assist with MRO Purchasing and other Capital Purchasing opportunities, as requested.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Level Based Competencies:

  • Building Strategic Working Relationships

  • Business Acumen

  • Planning and Organization

  • Strategic Decision Making

  • Ability to Manage Multiple Projects

  • Strong Communication Skills

  • Managing Conflict

  • Facilitating Change

Technical Knowledge/Skills:

  • Understanding of purchasing and strategic sourcing processes, practices and procedures

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • Conflict management skills with a focus on collaboration

  • Strong ability to operate in a digital environment

  • Comfortableperformingfinancialanalysisaspartofvendorassessments

  • Ability to excel in a matrix management environment

  • GlobalSupplyChainknowledgeisaplus

  • ExperiencewithCoupa(P2P)helpfulbutnotrequired

  • Experience with Google Suite helpful but not required

General Knowledge/Skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent organizational and follow up skills with a strong attention to detail

  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment

  • Ability to ascertain and identify key project information

  • Stronganalyticalandproblemsolvingskills

  • Excellent time management skills

  • Familiar with project management and vendor management skills

  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in the field of supply chain, science, engineering, procurement or business administration/management

  • 5+ years of overall experience in strategic sourcing/procurement, with a focus on technology sourcing (software, hardware, IT professional services)

Preferred Requirements:

  • 3+ years of experience specializing in technology sourcing is preferred

We are taking a responsible approach to creating environments that allow us to do what we do best – Protect what matters most. As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for all candidates and employees in this position. Proof of vaccination is required. Should you require accommodation for medical or religious needs, GAF will engage in an interactive process with you to determine if a reasonable accommodation can be provided in accordance with applicable state and federal law.

We believe our employees are our greatest resource. We offer competitive salary, benefits, 401k, and vacation packages for all full time permanent positions. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and GAF, Hawk, SGI, and Siplast are proud to be affirmative action employers. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know. If applying for positions in the U.S., must be eligible to work in the U.S. without need for employer sponsored visa (work permit).

With 130+ years in the industry, GAF is the leading roofing manufacturer in North America. As a member of the Standard Industries family of companies, we are also part of the largest roofing and waterproofing business in the world.

Our communities help give our work meaning and the products we manufacture help protect what matters most. The shingles help to shelter the families living in the homes in our towns. The TPO helps protect what is under that hospital’s roof. In addition to quality products, we make sure they are installed by quality craftsmen and women. The full GAF portfolio of solutions is supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors.

GAF continues to be the leader in quality and offers comprehensive warranty protection on its products and systems. Our success is driven by a commitment to empowering our people to deliver advanced quality and purposeful innovation and the desire to protect what matters most. ​