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Continuous Improvement Manager - Reporting & Controlling

Continuous Improvement Manager - Reporting & Controlling

  • Location

    Detroit

  • Sector:

    Procurement

  • Job type:

    Permanent

  • Salary:

    US$100000 - US$120000 per annum + plus bonus and benefits

  • Contact:

    Nick Cooke

  • Contact email:

    Nick.cooke@1st-executive.com

  • Job ref:

    J691043_1718024173

  • Published:

    13 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    2024-07-10

  • Startdate:

    ASAP

Our Global Automotive client in Detroit is embarking on an unprecedented journey towards procurement excellence, and we are recruiting for a Continuous Improvement Manager - Purchasing Reporting & Controlling, you'll play a pivotal role in ensuring financial credibility of the procurement function. Here's your chance to define and implement globally standardized best practices for purchasing reporting and controlling. This is an unparalleled opportunity to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to creating a best-in-class procurement function on a global scale.

They are looking for someone to come in from a purchasing / plant controlling and reporting background and to come in and create standard processes within the reporting and controlling function from a continuous improvement aspect as they undertake this new central function!

  • Develop steering system (Dashboard): Leading & lagging indicators, reporting (incl. automation) in collaboration with Procurement functions (e.g., Program Buy, Category Management, Supplier Management, etc.).
  • Saving tracking, validation, functional owner of Saving Tracking tool
  • Budget and FC alignment (Category Matrix + CC controlling)
  • Finance Business Partner, aggregates plan data and future developments, aligns group level breakdowns of Spend FC
  • Project controller for corporate or cross group initiatives
  • Owns Target Costing Process & database and aligns with other CI and group functions

Skills & Requirements:

  • Analytical Skills: The ability to analyze data, trends, and financial statements is crucial for identifying patterns, discrepancies, and areas for improvement in purchasing processes and financial performance.
  • Financial Acumen: Understanding financial concepts such as budgeting, cost analysis, financial forecasting, and variance analysis is necessary for controlling costs and optimizing purchasing decisions.
  • Attention to Detail: Precision is essential in tracking expenses, maintaining accurate records, and generating reports to ensure compliance with financial regulations and company policies.
  • Communication Skills: Effective communication is vital for collaborating with internal teams, suppliers, and stakeholders. Clear and concise communication ensures that everyone understands purchasing policies, procedures, and financial reports.
  • Problem-Solving Abilities: Strong problem-solving skills enable professionals to address challenges efficiently and effectively.
  • Knowledge of ERP Systems: Proficiency in using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems such as SAP, Oracle, or Microsoft Dynamics is often required for managing purchasing workflows, tracking expenditures, and generating financial reports.
  • Strategic Thinking: The ability to align purchasing strategies with organizational goals and financial objectives is essential for driving business growth, reducing costs, and improving efficiency.
  • Project Management Skills: Managing continuous improvement projects, implementing process improvements, and overseeing financial initiatives require project management skills to ensure timely execution and successful outcomes.
  • Ethical Conduct: Upholding ethical standards and integrity is critical in purchasing and controlling roles to prevent fraud, maintain trust with stakeholders, and comply with regulatory requirements.

These roles are based in Detroit, offering hybrid working (3 days on site / 2 from home). This is a unique opportunity to utilise your background / knowledge in reporting and controlling and bring standardized processes to the Global team.