Head of Purchasing (m/w/d)
J.G. WEISSER is considered a technologically leading global manufacturer of multifunctional precision lathes and turning centers. Together with more than 400 employees, the company develops and produces high-quality machine tools at its site in St. Georgen (Black Forest) and supplies customized, process-optimized system solutions with a focus on technology integration and the goal of complete machining in one clamping.
With over 160 years of experience, J.G. WEISSER is today a synonym for cutting-edge technologies and is one of the world’s leading suppliers to major automotive manufacturers and their suppliers as well as other metalworking industries. J.G. Weisser belongs to the Hardinge Group.
The Regional Purchasing Manager is an integral part of both the Global Sourcing & Plant Operations teams. This role acts as the strategic liaison between the global sourcing team and the tactical buying functions within the European Region. Using knowledge driven sourcing strategies, the Strategic Sourcing Manager will help develop optimal solutions using their knowledge of engineering design, good manufacturing processes, cost modeling, & quality. This position will be based in St. Georgen, Schwarzwald in Germany.

Strategic Liaison between the Global Sourcing and local Operations teams
Development of the department into a strategic organization in close cooperation with the Site Leader and Global Supply Chain
Responsible for operational execution of SCM projects at manufacturing site. Co-ordinate with SQEs on supplier issues
Oversee the local Operations Purchasing teams responsible for PO creation/placement/management and internal customer service requirements for raw materials, parts, and indirect services consumed in manufacturing
Key driver of KPI’s, Consignment Value and Parts Inventory
Responsible for reporting operational metrics including, but not limited to: blanket PO performance, OTD, Increasing average spend per supplier & overall supplier performance
Stay abreast of industry best practices, current & future policies and procedures, regulatory & trade requirements, and market dynamics appropriate to function
Optimize utilization of ERP System and processes
Individual contributor performance management and development: coaching, motivating, performing employee reviews, KPI management, goal setting, and driving results
Implement inventory control programs including pay on consumption and JIT to achieve cash flow objectives without compromising material availability
Work closely with Operations Leadership, Planning & Engineering
Confirm buying compliance to corporate guidelines
Review purchase orders for accuracy and correctness, hold buyers responsible for delivery
Escalate to Commodity Managers and SQE on events like supplier insolvency, supply disruption due to quality, or any other drivers
Responsible for negotiating prices, pay terms, consignment and delivery expectations
Must be a strategic thinker who has input and influence in the direction of multiple sites. As a member of the sites‘ Operations leadership teams, it is crucial the individual is an active participant ensuring their perspective is heard and provides regular input. Anticipates and balances the needs of multiple stakeholders
Responsible for administrative coordination and acts as the single point of contact for internal and external communication from Purchasing department for that region
Work closely in supporting Global Sourcing Leaders like Commodity Managers, Supplier Quality Engineers and Commodity Analysts

Bachelor’s Degree is required, preferably in technical field or equivalent, Master’s degree preferred
7-15 years of relevant industry experience with at least 5 years in purchasing with 3 years in either planning, quality, or manufacturing
Must have demonstrated ability to apply critical thinking and data analytics to root cause complex issues and identify potential solutions
Must have experience building strong customer relationships and delivering customer centric solutions. Must foster a customer-focused environment and ensures that organizational resources and support are focused on meeting customer needs
Good manufacturing process knowledge of Ferrous castings, machining, fabrication, and welding
Certified Six Sigma Green Belt preferred
Minimum 5 years‘ experience working within ERP systems
MS Office Suite experience; advanced Excel proficiency required, PowerPoint skills
Experience with Project Management software (MS Project, Smartsheet) is preferred
Excellent German and English language skills

If you are interested, please send us your application as soon as possible. For more attractive openings please visit our career section on our website.
Contact information
For more information about this exciting job, please contact: Daniela Gurski
Johann-Georg-Weisser-Str. 1 – 78112 St. Georgen
Tel. +49 7724 881-249