Procurement Lead

Date Posted: September 23, 2021
Reports To: Finance Manager
Duration: Permanent

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Position Summary

Leads the Purchasing and Warehouse teams for the Methanex Geismar site.  Focused on directing and managing the team and resources to ensure reliable and quality supply of goods and services at optimum cost and time within the policies and guidelines set by the site and globally. Ensures that all business is conducted to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism and in a manner consistent with Responsible Care®, and within the Methanex Code of Business Conduct in an integrated HSSEQ Management System (Health, Safety, Security, Environmental and Quality).

Position Responsibilities

  • Facilitates the contract management lifecycle including contract execution in adherence with the global standard and proper documentation/log of active agreements.
  • Ensures all procurement and contractual activities are handled in a professional and ethical manner and confidentiality of commercial information is always maintained.
  • Ensures the appropriate level of financial controls are in place which enable the end user to carry out their work effectively and efficiently.
  • Implements supply arrangements that minimize inventory levels without impairing availability or quality.
  • Negotiates the acquisition of goods and services required for company activities at optimum cost, in compliance with company procedures and consistent with standards of quality and delivery.
  • Ensures contract terms and conditions are kept up to date and minimizes commercial risk to Methanex.
  • Provides advice and where appropriate accesses professional legal advice on matters that are of a contractual nature or that may expose the company to financial or legal risk.
  • Manages the infrastructure of Procurement Systems (Org Chart, Department Procedures, Department Processes, Implementation of new tools, KMI Management, Intra and Interdepartmental process improvements, etc.).
  • Identify, develop, establish and maintain best in class systems, policies and procedures for the site procurement, contracts and warehouse functions.
  • Facilitates training/knowledge transfer to the organization about procurement policies to ensure adherence to protect Methanex from liability and unnecessary cost. Ensures employee and contractor compliance with Methanex policies, procedures and applicable standards.
  • Ensures all regional procedures are compliant with Global Standards.
  • Reviews and approves procurement procedure deviations at the regional level.
  • Acts as an interdepartmental liaison to maintain knowledge of end-to-end business processes.
  • Develops and actively manages key performance metrics to monitor the effectiveness and efficiency of purchasing and warehouse performance. Also develops and manages similar metrics for individual performance.
  • Ensures that the appropriate software systems and tools are in place to foster efficiency of processes.
  • Develops business cases for process improvement, manages intradepartmental process improvement projects and participates in interdepartmental process improvement projects as required.
  • Manages Inventory and Material Management systems to ensure that the warehouse is stocked appropriately to ensure plant reliability while balancing low cost and quality deliverables.
  • Ensures back up in the Warehouse(s) during periods of absence.
  • Provides a service as required by the SMT to dispose of surplus and/or obsolete equipment.
  • Facilitates Purchasing and Warehouse activity management in alignment with the strategic turnaround plan and other site project initiatives.
  • Manages direct reports’ priorities and workload.
  • Ensures implementation of the Methanex Geismar Business Plan.
  • Provides regular mentoring, coaching and development to team members.
  • Ensures technical skills of all staff are maintained at an adequate level to effectively support the business.
  • Ensures the performance management process is consistently applied to all staff and in accordance with outlined schedule.
  • Manages resource levels to ensure that staff can effectively support company activities.
  • Ensures employee and contractor compliance with Methanex policies, procedures and applicable standards
  • Incident Management – Participates in the KMI system on site and works to complete/resolve any delegated action items.
  • Develops and actively manages the annual department plan, team goals and key performance indicators (KPIs). 
  • Provides technical leadership around best procurement and contract management practices and systems.
  • Ensures proactive engagement with external departments to understand site activities, impacts to procurement and to consult on how procurement can support site activities.
  • Provides project management support for procurement strategic initiatives.
  • Reviews requests for approval and/or signature within the position’s Delegation of Authority. Provides approval when transactions are justified, spending is prudent and Methanex is protected.
  • Works to break down intra and interdepartmental silos to foster a one-team mentality amongst team members.
  • Maintains procurement’s brand within the organization as a team that delivers upon requirements while maintaining the highest level of customer service.
  • Manages the Vendor Life Cycle Process Management which includes qualification, onboarding, performance management and continuous improvement. Engages with vendors to protect Methanex’s reputation.
  • Acts as a point of contact for strategic vendor communications.
  • Oversees vendor negotiations and conflict resolution as required.
  • Contributes to the organizational vision of Global Methanol Leadership and as a team member demonstrates the core values of integrity, trust, respect and professionalism.
  • Conducts all business in a manner which supports the Responsible Care® ethic.
  • Actively participates as a member of Global Purchasing Team (GPT) and other global teams or global initiatives as delegated.
  • Implement GPT best practices and procedures.
  • Networks with other Methanex sites to the mutual benefit of all sites.
  • Responsible for ensuring awareness of all controlled documents relating to this position as per Document Awareness Report from Document Management Database.
  • Contribute to the ‘operational excellence’ for Methanex Geismar as an effective member of the Finance department.

Position Qualifications

  • Degree or Certification in Business Management, Finance, or other related discipline preferred, OR, a combination of combined education/work experience.
  • Certified Professional designation through an accredited body would be an asset.
  • Minimum 10 years experience in Contract Administration and Procurement, preferably within a Chemical Manufacturing environment.
  • Knowledge of warehouse procedures and computerized procurement/stores/maintenance Asset Management Systems (i.e. Maximo).
  • Strong, effective leadership and presentation skills.
  • Strong negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Experience and knowledge of tendering processes.
  • Strong working knowledge of commercial, insurance and contract law.
  • Sharp analytical skills.
  • Organizing and planning skills.
  • Strong communication and listening skills.
  • Ability to influence and manage change.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office suite skills.

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