Manager, Purchasing & Planning – Xylem – Milwaukee, WI


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Xylem |ˈzīləm|

1) The tissue in plants that brings water upward from the roots;

2) a leading global water technology company.

Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, is the leading global provider of efficient, innovative and sustainable water technologies improving the way water is used, managed, conserved and re-used. Our international team is unified in a common purpose: creating advanced technology and other trusted solutions to solve the world’s water challenges. We are committed to creating an organization of inclusion and diversity, where everyone feels involved, respected, valued and connected, and where everyone is free to bring their authentic selves and ideas.

If you are excited and passionate about helping us #letssolvewater, we want to hear from you!

The Role: Manage the overall Purchasing activity for Custom Pump Operations and meet our divisional requirement of the best purchased value, including quality, delivery, and cost.

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Mentor and lead a team of planning, logistics and purchasing professionals
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Xylem’s key supply partners, taking an active role in key supplier developments, site based sourcing requirements, and negotiations.
  • Assess, manage, and mitigate risks; act with sense of urgency to mitigate potential supply disruptions.
  • Hold supply base accountable for quality, delivery, and cost deliverables; driving root cause identification and corrective actions to address deficiencies.
  • In partnership with the Category Management team, drive compliance to Category Strategies and create synergies which leverage opportunities aligned with Xylem’s customer and market needs.
  • Manage current procurement policies, procedures, and programs and identify areas for improvement to enhance organizational value and efficiency.
  • Collaborate with cross functional groups and leaders to achieve dept, site, and divisional objectives.
  • Identify and implement process improvements through the use of continuous improvement tools and techniques.
  • Prepare for and present regular business reviews to senior leadership team.
  • Define, document, and communicate site level requirements to suppliers and global supply chain teams.
  • Tactical buying and execution as required to support team.
  • Develop and maintain KPIs to meet or exceed target: supplier OTD, OTP, PPM, lead-time reduction, pay term extension, and Net Cost Reduction, PPV.
  • Other duties and Projects as assigned.
  • Participation in Xylem Watermark volunteer activities

Minimum Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, Abilities, License/Certification:

  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Intermediate level user of Microsoft Office products- Excel, Word, Power point.
  • Working knowledge of MRP.
  • Advanced negotiation skills.
  • Materials and manufacturing knowledge.
  • Strong knowledge of Supplier processes desired.
  • 8-10 years in Purchasing or Materials related profession.
  • BS or BA degree in Supply Chain, Business, Finance, Engineering, or other technical discipline.
  • CPM/CPSM and/or CPIM certifications desired.

We Offer You More Than Just “A Job”

  • Professional Development – To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.
  • Total Rewards – We offer comprehensive programs for compensation, benefits, recognition, learning and development, work-life integration and corporate citizenship.
  • Watermark – Watermark is our corporate social responsibility program working to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality, and resilient communities. Employees have the opportunity to learn and volunteer on various water-related projects.
  • Employee Networks – Our Employee Networks provide a professional, supportive network for employees from diverse backgrounds, including Women’s, LGBT+ and Allies, Veteran’s, People of Color and Allies, Hispanic Origin & Latin Affinity, Emerging Leaders, and Working Parents Networks.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

(The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters and must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend and move about the facility
  • Office: Standard office equipment; work usually performed in an office setting free from any disagreeable elements.
  • Standard weekly job hours. Overtime as required to meet project milestones.
  • Shop: Occasional exposure to shop elements as needed
  • Travel: As required to fulfill the duties listed above. Other travel as needed or required by the company
  • In addition to the above, the performance of other related duties may be required.

Xylem is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.


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