Purchasing Manager

11 - 15 years experience  •  Metals & Mining

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/13/17
Tucson, AZ
11 - 15 years experience
Metals & Mining
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/13/17

Understands supply-chain management, manages the FPA process, represents the company in transactions with suppliers pertaining to the acquisition of FPA items, while protecting and minimizing cash expenditures. Negotiates and establishes the lowest purchasing cost for each FPA item agreement. Finds and evaluates potential suppliers on multiple criteria such as price, product quality, service support, and category stock items availability. Follows priority category guidelines approved by Purchasing Director, consults with purchasing staff, and general site management team as required. Establishes credibility, serves as change agent, demonstrates effective purchasing and ethical leadership qualities with suppliers. Supports operations or accounting department employees with purchasing issues or activities as needed. Uses the ERP FPA purchasing process module. Manages activities of assigned support staff.


  • Manages and negotiates with suppliers the process to start and renew expiring FPA agreements. Process includes price negotiations with current suppliers before price expiration dates, every six to twelve months covering approximately existing FPA category stock items.
  • Starts new FPA agreements process covering additional category stock items.
  • Consults with buyers, selects suppliers, researches and evaluates new potential suppliers for assigned priority commodity stock items on multiple criteria.
  • Collects data, identifies, creates, reviews and correct commodity stock items and lists in Excel files, solicits bids to suppliers. Inputs and evaluates bid proposals received from suppliers into the ERP system or Excel as required, for each category stock item solicited.
  • Reviews and negotiates with each supplier differences in price, availability, contract language, delivery, improve credit payment terms, termination, consignment consideration and other agreement clauses as required to complete the FPA agreement process, when appropriate and beneficial to ASARCO.
  • Awards, prints and obtains supplier and ASARCO's Purchasing Director's approval signatures for FPA agreement. Finalizes ERP FPA functions including making contract effective, bypass purchasing for category stock items in different Plants, etc.
  • Adds additional category stock items or ASARCO units, to existing FPA agreements and inform suppliers as required.
  • Reviews FPA purchase orders released monthly.
  • Resolve category stock items invoice mismatches between existing FPA agreement purchase orders issued and invoices received by accounts payable daily or as required.



  • Propose FPA priorities for category stock items, which support the business needs. Participates in development of policy and procedures and provides purchasing support to all locations and site individuals as needed.
  • Maintains FPA control Log and Control Index report, of detailed commodity stock item agreements and e-mail report to Director of Purchasing weekly.
  • Supervises assigned support staff, reviews status of FPAs in progress, prioritizes and manages activities.
  • Yearly visits and follow up with FPA vendor facilities located in Tucson.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Must have knowledge of purchasing policies, procedures and compliance with laws and regulations.

Strong interpersonal skills in developing consensus building.

Must have good computer skills MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, and SAP or similar ERP system.

Must be able to manage time effectively and set priorities.

Requires the ability to manage multiple tasks.

The Manager also undertakes specifically assigned projects relating to procurement and provides summaries, reports, and recommendations on these subjects.



  1. Requires ten (10) years of purchasing experience, in an industrial environment.
  2. Bachelor's degree in business administration or related field. Master's degree is desirable in Business or Supply Chain related.
  3. 7-8 years of experience in all the various materials control functions.
  4. Skills and knowledge required by this position would generally be acquired with a four-year college degree with an emphasis on business subjects followed by three or more years of successful experience in related, subordinate positions.
  5. Ability to work effectively with all levels of employees and management.
  6. Strong organizational and planning skills.
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