Our client is a leading manufacturer of specialty, flat-rolled aluminum products, serving the HVAC, building and construction, as well as light gauge converter foil and flexible packaging end-use markets in the United States. The company has grown from a startup capacity of 40M pounds to over 372M pounds today and employs 772 associates at its four facilities. Despite its significant growth, the company did not have a cohesive, cross-organizational set of procurement and sourcing policies and procedures. The existing procurement organization was transaction oriented with questionable data integrity and frequent non-compliance with policies.
Senior executives engaged Maine Pointe to help develop and implement a best-in-class procurement function. Our team discovered that the in-house procurement team did not have the necessary skills to implement best practices and action plans. In addition, a general absence of ownership and accountability had led to a lack of trust in the procurement organization. As a result, operations would work around rather than with them. Our procurement and leader and organization improvement (LOI) experts worked together with senior executives to: