Director Of Procurement

Brazeway Inc Adrian, MI

Position: Director of Procurement

Location: Adrian, MI

Reports to: VP – People & Procurement

Position Description:

A multidimensional role including strategic sourcing, commodity management, logistics management support, and building long-term collaborative supplier relationships for the sourcing and management of capital, products and/or services to successfully achieve organizational goals. Will be responsible for acquisition of goods and services while achieving cost savings and maintaining quality and technical specifications as well as adherence to (lean delivery) systems. Will develop and implement company wide purchasing policies and procedures. Will lead supplier selection and negotiation processes. Relies on extensive experience and judgement to plan and accomplish goals. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.


  • Identify and develop strategic sourcing strategies and tactics for ongoing operations and new projects.

  • Devleop and lead supplier performance management systems.

  • Lead and develop long term collaborative supplier relationships with key suppliers.

  • Analyze market and delivery conditions to determine present and future material availability and prepares market analysis reports for business unit use.

  • Initiates, leads and participates in the implementation and maintenance of total cost savings programs activities across facilities.

  • Negotiates, contracts with, and periodically reviews open contracts with suppliers.

  • Provides expertise for new sourcing, contracts, service agreements, and capital equipment requirements. Including participation on APQP, Supplier Qualification and Supplier Assessment teams.

  • Leads Purchasing Council with representation from all facilities; facilitates best practice exchanges and coordination of purchasing.

  • ERP in-house expert for purchasing systems design and support.

  • Actively supports and manages to our Process Based Leadership, 10 commitments and 8 people principles.

  • Actively supports our 5S+Safety Program.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Engineering, Materials Management or Purchasing required (MBA or similar preferred)

  • Minimum of 10 years relavent experience

  • Bi-lingual Spanish strongly preferred

  • Strong negotiating skills with proven track record of effectively matching supplier capabilities with corporate objectives to insure optimal value

  • Strong knowledge of contract writing, supply agreements, procurement policies and procedures

  • Commodity experience in Manufacturing with experience in metal markets

  • Experience in Continuous Improvement and Lean Manufacturing with working knowledge of Kanban and ERP systems

  • Willingness to travel for site support at all Brazeway locations, customers and suppliers

  • Excellent organization, communication, presentation, people, computer, and written skills

  • Strong commitment to a team environment


Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include: 401(k), bonus program, profit sharing plan, life insurance, disability insurance, health & dental insurance, paid vacation. Brazeway is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About Brazeway:

Brazeway is the world's largest producer of frost-free evaporator coils and a top global supplier of aluminum heat transfer tubing and components for the appliance, HVAC, and automotive air conditioning sectors. We are the leading supplier of technology to convert copper components to aluminum, and consistently introduce innovation through the design of new energy-efficient products.

Brazeway is driven by the philosophy that our people are our most important asset. We believe that hiring great people, and giving them the opportunity and freedom to be creative, will make great things happen. Our best designs and most impactful innovations are developed in an environment where no idea is too far-fetched, no effort is wasted and no vision is too far off. The outcome from this approach has propelled us to the forefront of ingenuity for all of the sectors we serve, and the Brazeway name has become synonymous with transformation.

Headquartered in Adrian, Michigan, Brazeway has manufacturing locations in Hopkinsville, Kentucky; Shelbyville, Indiana and Monterrey, Mexico. In addition, we have international relationships with Grupporeco in Poland, Aro Tubi in Brazil, as well as long standing technical alliances Erbsloh Aluminium in Germany and Parker Hannifin in China.