Purchasing Manager

Req ID:  62622

Killarney, KY, IE

Date:  Jan 26, 2023

For over 140 years our products have helped ensure the safe, reliable operations of key industries. With a passion for precision and partnership, Celeros Flow Technology continues this heritage of high performance and dependability, providing mission critical, sustainable flow control solutions for our customers around the globe.


Celeros Flow Technology is looking for individuals with a voice and a vision. We embrace change, diversity and promote new ways of looking at old ideas. We seek talented professionals to join our world-class team of innovators in a global, collaborative & multi-cultural environment, where you will be challenged, supported, and inspired to be extraordinary.



Job Summary

Directs and coordinates the activities of the team engaged in purchasing and planning for industrial filtration products manufacturing plant through performing duties personally or a combination of self and the direct reporting team. This entails site specific procurement and planning activities and includes the identification and driving of cost reduction opportunities, inventory targets, supplier quality, analysis to support make versus buy decisions. Executing the supply chain strategy for the site, collaborating with Manufacturing Operations site leadership to define priorities and support implementation to meet short term and long-term requirements to meet manufacturing commitments.


Principle Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensures cost effective materials of suitable quality are available when required by Production.
  • Maintain appropriate supplier relationship management for strategic and critical suppliers.
  • Support supplier selection, contract negotiation process and price escalations.
  • Prepare negotiation strategies and close deals with optimal terms.
  • Ensure all supplier nonconformance issues are documented, tracked and closed out in a timely manner.
  • Manage and drive continuous improvement in inventory management, reducing surplus materials and increasing turns.
  • Personally participate in procurement activities, to ensure essential requirements are satisfied.
  • Prepare analysis to support make versus buy decisions
  • Oversee production scheduling activities; communicate with manufacturing operations to understand capacity to meet customer demand and enable accurate and attainable planning schedules.
  • Ensure appropriate levels of inventory are in place to support production schedules, product lead-times and communication to the manufacturing operations team daily to address material shortages.
  • Identify solutions to supply chain challenges, working with internal functions and quality to ensure customer satisfaction is protected.
  • Track and report key functional metrics to identify improvements and drive effectiveness
  • Develop the supply chain strategy to support the site manufacturing operations and manage the implementation and execution to drive business results.
  • Manage the supply base strategy to ensure continued supply of materials for manufacturing operations.
  • Partner with the Commercial function on their fabricator strategy to support the fabricator qualification activity and price negotiation process for margin enhancement.
  • Identify and manage cost saving projects and inventory initiatives, reporting out on progress and metrics to Site Leadership and Global Supply Chain.
  • Drive the standard cost program activity, analyse and collate data to support the annual operating plan formation.
  • Assess continuous improvement opportunities to improve internal Buyer Planner processes and material flow into the site.
  • Manage the Buyer Planner team and structure driving performance, knowledge sharing, team development, and team dynamics. Undertake Buyer Planner activities to support the team during peak periods and holidays to maintain the efficiency of the team and meet customer demands.
  • Travel within Ireland and internationally
  • Other duties as required



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Results-oriented and utilize speed, accuracy, and accountability to service internal and external customer needs.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment dealing with multiple stakeholders, deadlines and follow through.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to gather and analyse data and to work with figures.
  • Excellent problem solving and decision-making ability.
  • Commercial acumen, negotiation skills and ability to think strategically.
  • Strong planning and organisational skills.
  • Originating action to drive process improvements; identifying improvement opportunities; generating ideas and implementing solutions.
  • Ability to form and build relationships with stakeholders across the organisation.
  • Strong teamwork orientation and building of cohesive teams facilitating the completion of goals.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and within a team environment.
  • Ability to manage and drive change and work effectively in a changing environment.



Education and Experience

  • Qualified to Degree level in a Business or Engineering discipline or a combination of qualifications and experience.
  • APICS, CPIM or IIPM certification is desirable.
  • Relevant experience in a similar role within a manufacturing environment and ideally 2 or more years in a leadership role.
  • Experience of lean manufacturing philosophies.
  • High level of proficiency with MS Excel.
  • Experience and understanding of ERP/MRP systems and their use in a manufacturing environment.





Adaptability:  Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.

Communication:  Clearly and succinctly conveying information and ideas to individuals and groups in a variety of situations; communicating in a focused and compelling way that drives others’ thoughts and actions.  Engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.

Continuous Improvement:  Originating action to improve existing conditions and processes; identifying improvement opportunities; generating ideas and implementing solutions.

Continuous Learning:  Actively identifying new ideas for learning; regularly creating and taking advantage of learning opportunities; using newly gained knowledge and skill on the job and learning through their application.

Contributing to Team Success:  Actively participating as a member of a team to move the team toward the completion of goals.

Initiating Action:  Taking prompt action to accomplish objectives; taking action to achieve goals beyond what is required; being proactive.

Managing Work:  Effectively managing one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completely efficiently.

Work Standards:  Setting high standards of performance for self and others; assuming responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.





The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.





The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.





The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.





All Celeros divisions are committed to the effective use of the Celeros Values.  It is important that all employees understand and utilize these values when performing the duties of his/her position.





Quality encompasses all aspects of Celeros’ business, and every employee shares the responsibility to prevent the occurrence of any nonconformity relating to product, process and the quality system.  All employees have an obligation to identify and record any such nonconformity, and through designed channels, initiate and recommend solutions.


CELEROS Flow Technology is an equal opportunity employer.