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Sr. Procurement Projects Lead at Dematic Corp in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Dematic is a leading supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain. Dematic employs over 7,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centers and manufacturing facilities located around the world. Dematic is one brand under the KION Group of companies and has implemented more than 6,000 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Dematic is a member of KION Group, a global leader in industrial trucks, related services and supply chain solutions. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the KION Group designs, builds and supports logistics solutions that optimize material and information flow within factories, warehouses and distribution centers. The company is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe, the second-largest producer of forklifts globally and a leading provider of warehouse automation.


Dematic is looking for a Procurement Projects Lead to join our winning team in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This highly visible Procurement Projects Lead role is accountable to collaborate with Procurement Regional Category Leads, Project Management, Engineering, Solutions Development, Finance, A/P, Quality and others to develop, communicate and execute world class strategies for projects that deliver the project on time, mitigate risk, ensure top line growth and drive bottom line savings. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned Procurement professional to take on large spend for key customers within our growing organization, while positioning us for future success.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Attend project meetings to understand project and installation schedules, risks, costs and customer expectations.

  • Conduct daily review of project progress and Utilize program management skills to develop and communicate supplier delivery requirements that meet the project timelines. 


  • Own, document, communicate and gain buy-in for strategies for specific projects under management. 

  • Perform as the main Procurement liaison between Program Management and Engineering for project related activity.

  • Research, select, develop and maintain adequate sources of supply to ensure the requirements of the projects are met with the optimum quality, service and cost to use.

  • Track On Time Delivery (OTD) for all suppliers delivering project related materials and:

    • Lead the development of risk analyses, assessments and mitigation plans for projects to proactively protect against supply interruptions and cost overruns.

    • Develop and execute plans to quickly and effectively react to unforeseen cost overruns and supply interruptions.


  • Conduct post-project reviews with the Project Team and develop pro-active solutions to supplier related concerns for future projects

  • Ability to negotiate with suppliers successfully by:

    • Analyzing the market and supply dynamics

    • Develop counterarguments, opening positions, and negotiation trading plans to prepare for multiple negotiation scenarios

    • Align on acceptable negotiation outcomes by engaging internal stakeholders

  • Comprehend and provide constructive input on legal contract documents related to business Terms & Conditions, pricing, delivery, etc. 

  • Utilize financial acumen to develop cost models/should cost analysis and thoroughly understand key market drivers and how they affect price, availability, or supply chain logistics.


  • Bachelor's degree in business, engineering or related discipline.   

  • Program Management experience is preferred

  • Preferred 5-8 years of relevant project-based Procurement experience 

  • Strong communication and presentation skills

  • Operates with minimal business direction

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in procurement processes and driving business results through influence and leadership

  • Strong capabilities in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Preferred experience in SAP and MS Teams.

  • Embodies KION Group Values of Integrity, Collaboration, Courage, and Excellence.

  • Able to be effective in a remote, global, and matrixed environment. 

  • Travel as required by job, estimated to up to 20%