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Director, Procurement & Sourcing Plastics and Resins

Alvarez & Marsal
Phoenix, Arizona, US
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Jan 15, 2022

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Alvarez & Marsal Private Equity Performance Improvement

Director, Procurement & Sourcing-Plastics and Resins

Alvarez & Marsal, a leading independent global professional services firm, specializing in providing turnaround management, performance improvement and corporate advisory services, is seeking to expand its Private Equity Performance Improvement (PEPI) team in various locations throughout the U.S.

With more than 5,000 professionals based in 40 locations across North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, our firm excels in problem solving and value creation. Drawing on a strong operational heritage and hands-on-approach, our professionals work closely with organizations and stakeholders to help tackle complex business issues and maximize value.

A&M's Private Equity Performance Improvement (PEPI) practice, with offices throughout the US, focuses on serving middle market and large cap private equity firms who have engaged A&M to help improve operating results at their portfolio companies.

Our professionals are aligned with a PEPI service line to promote the development of deep functional skills & experiences and to maximize our ability to tailor solutions to solve our clients' business issues.

Our Private Equity services include:

* Procurement Transformation & Sourcing Excellence
* Rapid Results
* Manufacturing Operations Improvement
* Supply Chain Operations
* Pre-Acquisition Operations
* Interim Management
* M&A Services
* CFO Services

A&M's Supply Chain Operations professionals assist our clients in analyzing each part of the supply chain process including: Procurement and Sourcing, Production, Logistics, Distribution and Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning (SI&OP) to identify value creation opportunities, develop a roadmap to accelerate those opportunities and assist with driving them to our client's bottom line. From our thorough fact-based analysis, we assess the state of operations, identify key risks to investment, and quantify potential EBITDA improvement plans.

The PEPI Procurement & Sourcing group is a growing business with high growth projected throughout the next two to four years. We offer excellent opportunities for career advancement and build leadership skills. The leadership team is focused on providing development opportunities, training and exposure to domestic and international business assignments.

Job Description:

We are seeking Director Level Procurement & Sourcing subject matter experts in direct Plastics and Resin materials who can lead and deliver project work-streams for complex client engagements, working closely with Private Equity teams to identify, design, and implement creative business solutions for their portfolio companies driving top-line growth and delivering bottom-line value.

* Ten plus years' experience in purchasing/procurement experience within resins, injection moldings, PP or PE or similar commodities
* Demonstrated command of complex sourcing, negotiating, and commodity strategies in the areas of Resins and Plastics including hedging, GPO, consortia, and derivatives
* BS degree in Engineering or Business or equivalent work experience.
* Have existing relationships with major players in the marketplace to understand and stay abreast of industry changes and pricing / technical trends
* Understand and drive the supplier strategy to support qualification of new materials and cross qualify new supply sources
* Ability to analyze market trends (cost drivers and polymers) to identify financial and supply risks and opportunities
* Complete understanding of resin purchase optimization by leveraging spend and pricing methodologies utilized in Resins/Plastics
* Ability to build plastics/resins cost models for new and existing materials and components and compare to prices for similar materials and compounds in client's production (consistent conversion costs, raw material costs, etc.)
* Experience in managing dynamic business environments, where price stability, supply availability, and potential business outcomes are under continuous pressure and change through productivity or related cost-reduction programs
* Influencing the supplier's manufacturing processes, sourcing and technology decisions in ways that are mutually beneficial and sustainable for all stakeholders
* Capable of strong communication and relationship building with R&D/ Product Development
* Understanding of commodity risk management in plastics and/or resins and/or energy
* Previous advisory experience from a top-tier strategy firm or Big-4 consultancy HIGHLY DESIRABLE with MBA preferred
* Professional qualification preferred (CIPS, CIPP, CIAPP, CPSM, CSCP or ISM)
* Experience working for or with private equity sponsors and portfolio companies with a focus on managing/sourcing direct categories
* Commodity hedging experience preferred
* Flexibility to travel up to 80% of the time

Directors lead the following types of workstreams and may be asked to both conduct analysis as well as lead teams to deliver results:

* Gain a comprehensive understanding of a client's procurement organization and strategic sourcing capabilities
* Effectively perform analysis and/or lead teams to conduct analysis depending on project scope
* Develop and implement supply chain strategies to meet growth and financial objectives through effective integration of sourcing with forecasting, demand/supply planning, inventory management, and distribution & logistics
* Develop and manage efforts in sourcing and procurement implementations to include supplier identification, supply chain mapping, contract/pricing negotiations and vendor relations
* Strong quantitative and analytical skills with understanding of key component breakdown and cost drivers - capable of value engineering and development of "Should Cost Models"
* Develop implementation plans to drive proposed changes in procurement and sourcing initiatives synergistically with other supply chain areas to optimize client value and drive durable savings to their bottom line
* Evaluate client's organizational structure, team talent, processes, P2P, tools, and software for full procurement operations assessment

Professional skills:

* Strong written, oral, and analytical skills
* Strong Excel, Tableau, and PowerPoint skills
* Structured project management (time, team and work-stream management)
* Initiative and drive
* Able to perform with critical thinking skills while operating with short time lines and incomplete datasets
* Ability to deliver time-pressured projects on-time and on-quality
* Flexible and creative thinking
* Client relationship building
* Ability to identify and secure further add-on engagement work within existing client projects
* Excellent presentation skills

Diversity & Inclusion

A&M's entrepreneurial culture celebrates independent thinkers and doers who can positively impact our clients and shape our industry. The collaborative environment and engaging work-guided by A&M's core values of Integrity, Quality, Objectivity, Fun, Personal Reward, and Inclusive Diversity-are the main reasons our people love working at A&M. Inclusive Diversity means we embrace diversity and we foster inclusiveness. It runs through how we recruit, develop employees, conduct business, support clients, and partner with vendors. It is the A&M way.

Voluntary Inclusion

It is Alvarez & Marsal's policy to provide and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, pregnancy, marital status, family status, religion, national origin, age or disability or any other non-merit based factor in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Unsolicited Resumes from Third-Party Recruiters

Please note that as per A&M policy, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters were engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening. Any employment agency, person or entity that submits an unsolicited resume does so with the understanding that A&M will have the right to hire that applicant at its discretion without any fee owed to the submitting employment agency, person or entity.
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