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Strategic Buyer (Procurement Specialist - Direct) at Dematic Corp.

Posted in Management 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Holland, Michigan

Job Description:

Dematic is a leading supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain. Dematic employs over 7,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centers and manufacturing facilities located around the world. Dematic is one brand under the KION Group of companies and has implemented more than 6,000 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Dematic is a member of KION Group, a global leader in industrial trucks, related services and supply chain solutions. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the KION Group designs, builds and supports logistics solutions that optimize material and information flow within factories, warehouses and distribution centers. The company is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe, the second-largest producer of forklifts globally and a leading provider of warehouse automation.


Dematic has an immediate opening for a Strategic Buyer (Procurement Specialist - Direct) to join our winning team in Holland, MI. This role is critical in supporting strategic purchasing activities as they relate to our manufacturing needs in this facility. 

Position Summary:

The primary functions of the Procurement Specialist will be:

  • Procurement categories may include any type of MHE (Material Handling Equipment) product. Examples include: Automated Guided Vehicles, Highly complex equipment, structural steel, metal fabricated parts, conveyors, software, Storage Retrieval Machine Components, controls/electrical & electronic components, etc)

  • Participate and facilitate in new program quote activities involving pricing reviews with cross-functional stakeholder team members.

  • Assist with information flow from estimating to project purchasing on potential and awarded programs

  • Make sourcing arrangements and determine optimal quality, lead time and pricing for plant requirements

  • Negotiations on large potential purchases (coordination with strategic lead buyer)

  • Develop and coordinate set up of new suppliers (if needed) to support requirements for customers

  • Execute purchases when required to support sold project activity and manage orders to support project activities.

  • Develop and implement robust category strategies that are aligned with plant AOP and 3 year vision. Strategies will include YOY improvement as it relates to Quality (Q), Delivery (D), Cost © and Capital ©.

  • Record savings achieved to help meet department goal

Job Family Responsibilities:

  • Performs complex buying strategies to purchase and arrange timely deliveries of supplies and materials; expedites as needed and serves as liaison between suppliers and users, getting prior approval for purchases in excess of established limits.

  • Resolves complex delivery, quality or other related problems with purchases and invoices.

  • Updates project plans and purchasing systems; reviews and analyzes requisitions and supply plans for domestic and international purchases.

  • Negotiates prices, terms and quality requirements; prepares requests for quotes and assists in the development of new supply sources; evaluates market conditions.

  • Performs value analysis to identify cost improvements.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Performs full range of standard work for the professional field.

  • Refers complex, unusual problems to others. 

  • Identifies and resolves more complex problems and applies problem-solving skills in order to deal with most situations.


BS/BA in related discipline or advanced degree. Certification may be required in some areas


Knowledge and Experience:

  • Demonstrates and applies a broad knowledge of field of specialization through successful completion of moderately complex assignments.

  • Successfully applies complex knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures of particular area of specialization.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of organization's business practices and issues.