Procurement Assistant

Location: Clarksville
Hours: 8

For our Zinc Smelter located in Clarksville, Tennessee we are currently seeking a:

Purchasing Assistant


To provide the necessary information and analysis to support procurement decision making.

To negotiate deals at the lowest possible total cost of ownership for goods and services, primarily for projects.


- Assist with the procurement of goods and services for the company

- Assist in the development and implementation of purchasing strategies to optimize supply chain efficiency

- Assist in production planning by ensuring availability of necessary materials and supplies

-Identifies recurrent reporting needs and make these available while reporting results to management and internal departments

-Develops, completes and sends out Requests for Proposal (RFP)

-Negotiates prices and delivery terms in accordance with Nyrstar policies

-Checks overdue deliveries, creates reminders and issues complaints letters

-Deals with complaints and disputes. Resolves problems, possibly being the intermediate between suppliers and internal users regarding shortcomings in the products, timeliness of delivery or lack of the necessary documents

-Upload Contracts and Agreements into document management system (DMS)

-Registration of new Suppliers via Ariba


· A commercial or technical degree, experience in project buying is a plus

· Must be in a similar role for a minimum of 3 years

· Must speak and write fluently English



The ability to make desk and field research for new and alternative suppliers and markets (e.g. emerging markets, technologies, …) including networking with other sites of the group and recognizing potential of globalization.


The ability to close the best deals for Nyrstar in accordance with Nyrstar policy of fostering long term relationships with our suppliers

SAP and SRM and other e-sourcing tools

The ability to use SAP as information tool to produce reports and analyze them, to answer specific requests and issues and solve them. The ability to use DMS and RIMS for reporting and management.

Internal procedures

Have the required knowledge of the internal procedures of Nyrstar (GCP, safety, others, …) and act as ambassador to help internal customers to comply with these procedures that are important for good functioning of the supply chain for indirect spend.

General competencies

· Operates in an orderly, efficiently manner

· Good analytical skills

· Ability to problem solve and plan under pressure

· Good organisational and communication skills

· Knowledge of relevant production processes

· Ability to work effectively under pressure

· Motivated, flexible, reliable and friendly

· Ability to use initiative and pre-empt needs

· Team player

· Ability to prioritize

· Innovative and creative in dealing with complex issues

· Ability to drive changes


Please note that only applicants who progress to the next stage will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in applying for this position.

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An Equal Opportunity Employer