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Procurement Manager

Job ID 5560672 Date posted 08/31/2017
Location:Toledo, OH
Country:United States
Job Code:2566
Position Type:Salary

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. is an international mining and natural resources company. The Company is a major global iron ore producer and a significant producer of high-and low-volatile metallurgical coal. Cliffs' strategy is to continually achieve greater scale and diversification in the mining industry through a focus on serving the world's largest and fastest growing steel markets. Driven by the core values of social, environmental and capital stewardship, Cliffs associates across the globe endeavor to provide all stakeholders operating and financial transparency.

The Company is organized through a global commercial group responsible for sales and delivery of Cliffs' products and a global operations group responsible for the production of the minerals the Company markets. Cliffs operates iron ore and coal mines in North America and an iron ore mining complex in Western Australia.


Cleveland-Cliffs has an exciting career opportunity for a Procurement Manager. This role will be part of a transformational project in Toledo, OH which will be the location of Cliffs’ first hot-briquetted iron (HBI) production plant. The Procurement Manager will oversee and manage site based procurement and sourcing functions throughout the project and when in production. This individual will design and develop a procurement strategy to support the overall site strategy. If you are an individual who has strong interpersonal skills, can work independently, as well as in a team environment, please apply for further consideration.

Summary of Principal Functions:

  • Manage site and business alliances, vendor relationships, and internal customer relationships.
  • Lead the sourcing and procurement strategy, development, implementation, and execution processes.
  • Design, develop, implement and maintain accountability for associated supply chain performance metrics. Drive accountability through clear expectation setting, performance metric reporting and contract management initiatives.
  • Lead and develop resources to ensure procurement department is delivering on the sites goals and objectives.
  • Ensure compliance to company and regulatory standards and procedures. Follow existing, or develop new, procedures to ensure compliance with company and regulatory directives, as well as sound contract management practices.
  • Manage, lead and work with multiple contract resources to execute procurement strategies.
  • Work with the Owners team, EPCM, and contractors to efficiently negotiate and execute contracts for construction services and capital goods.
  • Drive organizational value and minimize overall business risk profile by focusing on strategic alliances and total cost of ownership.
  • Negotiate and implement supply agreements; serve as the supply chain liaison with the legal and risk management functions to ensure appropriate legal and commercial language approved and included in all contractual documents.
  • Be accountable to identify and deliver cost savings opportunities for the site once operational.
  • Communicate sourcing recommendations and implementation activities with internal stakeholders; clearly identifying financial impact, operational risks and benefits, and required support/ ownership actions.
  • Ability to adapt to and thrive in a rapidly changing environment; demonstrate the willingness and ability to expand personal knowledge and influence, along with departmental effectiveness, by assuming new and/or additional categories, as assigned.
  • Embody the following core values on a daily basis: Bias for Action, Accountability, Customer Focus, and Creating Economic Value.

Education Needed:

  • Required: Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, or Engineering.
  • Preferred: MBA in Supply Chain Management, Business, Finance, or related field.
  • Preferred certifications: CSCP, CPSM, CIRM, CPM, CPIM

Experience Needed:

  • 5 to 10 years progressive professional experience in supply chain management, sourcing, or procurement.
  • Petrochemical, Mining or steel industry experience preferred.
  • Operational/Industry/Supplier knowledge preferred.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Strong analytical skills; ability to make decisions and recommendations based on data analysis required.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to interface with and relate complex concepts/issues with all levels
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision and effectively manage multiple/changing priorities.

Competencies Required:

Leadership Skills - has a vision for the business unit that addresses its future requirements. Accomplishes this vision through the effective actions of others while serving as a positive role model.

Communication Skills – sends and receives information clearly, accurately, thoroughly and effectively with all levels of the organization in a timely manner.

Basic Job Knowledge – understands theories, principles, procedures, systems and techniques in the instructional technology or closely related field. Applies the knowledge and skills needed to do the job, including technical competence in one’s own field and familiarity with policies and practices of the broader function, the organization and the industry.

Teamwork/Working Relationships – interacts with others in ways that enhance understanding and respect, perceiving the needs of others, developing effective relationships and dealing effectively with conflict.

Financial Management/Cost Control and Waste Elimination – conducts business in a manner that reflects fiscal responsibility. Identifies, communicates and implements opportunities for cost reduction by analyzing and improving productivity and efficiency, assessing risk, reducing expenditures and eliminating waste. Actively looks for the most efficient ways of conducting business. Encourages and motivates people to get the job done with minimum resource use.

Problem Solving and Decision Making Skills – identifies problems and recognizes symptoms, causes and alternative solutions. Makes timely, sound decision even under conditions of risk and uncertainty.

Product Quality – understands and supports the environmental quality management system. Consistently looks for ways to improve product quality to meet customer (internal and external) expectations. Supports the concept of continuous improvement.

Planning Skills – sets goals, develops strategies and schedules to meet those goals, and anticipates obstacles and alternative strategies. Assigns responsibilities, allocates resources and coordinates activities of others to meet objectives efficiently and effectively.

Motivation and Commitment – establishes high performance standards. Works hard to attain those standards. Takes initiative and demonstrates commitment to the professional management of the organization. Adapts appropriately to change.


  • Domestic and international, as required
  • To Cleveland-based headquarters, other operating sites and suppliers as necessary.
  • Up to 25% estimated, will vary as work load dictates.


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The U.S. Talent Acquisition team was awarded a 2012 Candidate Experience Award by the Talent Board. The Talent Board is a non-profit organization that showcases employers who deliver outstanding candidate experiences. This is the second year in a row that Cliffs has earned this award, which is based on feedback directly from our job candidates. Cliffs is the only Natural Resources company to receive this award.

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