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Capitol Procurement Manager

Date: Nov 11, 2022

Location: Nashville, TN, US, 37211

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. As a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE: AOS) is at the center of the trend. We are a $4 billion company with over 140 years of history and 12,000+ employees. Our emphasis is on hot water and clean water; we are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment as well as a supplier of water purification products in a number of emerging countries.

With manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, we have the reach to serve customers worldwide.


A.O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement and maintaining a culture that values and respects our employees.  Recognized by The Tennessean as one of the top Nashville area Workplaces, we have programs in place to help our team members achieve their potential. When you join our team, you will receive rewards and recognition for your contributions, training and professional development opportunities, as well as a variety of benefits to support you and your family's health, well-being, and financial future. If you are inspired to learn, take risks, and succeed as a team, you can build an amazing career at A. O. Smith.


This role is located in our modern Nashville Metro Center office, located just minutes from downtown with easy interstate access and free parking.

Primary Function

The Capital Procurement Manager will be accountable for the strategy, risk mitigation and continuous improvement of the procurement process of capital expenditures across A.O. Smith N. American business units.

Additionally, The Capital Procurement Manager will work collaboratively with internal stakeholders & external supply base to lead execution of capital projects and ensure procurement policies are followed. Be a trusted partner across business units and provide process, guidance and gain a deep understanding of what is required for the successful execution of capital projects. Leverage internal & external relationships to ensure proper expertise and experience is being utilized for projects.


  • Leads cross-functional global teams through the strategic sourcing process in a matrix organization

  • Leads detailed negotiations and contract creation in close collaboration with legal department for all organizational commitments for capital projects

  • Ownership & continuously improve the capital procurement process for the company through metrics and analytics

  • Collaborate & Partner with related engineering and operational functions to gain an excellent understanding of capital requirements throughout the corporation

  • Actively demonstrates excellent customer service to internal business partners and supply base

  • Manages designated relationships through supervision of supplier performance, delivery, quality and AP to ensure project timelines are not compromised

  • Maintain an excellent communication and rapport with each manufacturing facility & engineering team concerning ongoing capital needs for current and future discussions/negotiations with supply base

  • Provide procurement training and support to the cross functional teams involved in the Capital Procurement Process


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business or related field.  MBA a plus.

  • 10+ years of experience in a combination of procurement and manufacturing engineering roles

  • Strong negotiation skills and working knowledge of contract law and principles

  • Demonstrated leadership skills to serve as a project lead across multiple functional areas

  • Strategic thinking and business acumen

  • Proven success in a self-motivating, results oriented environment

  • Track record of successful strategic sourcing initiatives

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Impeccable moral character and high ethical standards

  • Excellent computer skills

  • Willingness to travel as required to manufacturing sites or supplier locations

  • Certification in ISM, APICS or other engineering organization a plus


We Offer

Competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

Job Segment: Manufacturing Engineer, Procurement, Engineer, Strategic Sourcing, Supply Chain Manager, Engineering, Operations