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Gaston Alvarado

Director of Procurement

Executive Summary & Candidate Overview

Gaston has achieved career growth from a Global Category Manager for IT and Professional Services to his current role as Director of Indirect Procurement at Materion. Throughout his career, he has enhanced operational efficiency, optimized end-to-end sourcing processes, and promoted service delivery standards across various corporate functions. His leadership has led to substantial enterprise-wide savings and the establishment of robust savings pipelines, demonstrating his capability in strategic sourcing and category management.

Accomplishments and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Led and managed the centralized indirect sourcing and procurement function at Materion, overseeing a team and optimizing the P2P process, resulting in significant cost savings and process improvements.

  • Collaborated with IT in the company’s 5-year plan for digital transformation, negotiating favorable long-term corporate agreements and leading the sourcing process for critical software solutions.

  • Established a robust savings pipeline and achieved remarkable savings over a swift period at Sotera Health through strategic sourcing initiatives and successful implementation of pivotal initiatives.

  • Drove substantial increase in spend under management at Sotera Health and introduced innovative solutions across multiple spending categories.

  • Achieved revenue increase and secured key supplier/sourcing deals at Corporate United through astute renegotiation efforts and strategic sourcing.

Work Experience

Director of Procurement Materion - Cleveland, OH -June 2018 to Present

  • Led and managed the centralized indirect sourcing and procurement function with a $300M budget.

  • Optimized the P2P process, resulting in significant cost savings and process improvements.

  • Collaborated with IT on the company’s 5-year digital transformation plan.

  • Contributed to increasing working capital by 20% and delivered enterprise-wide savings of up to 20%.

Director of Procurement Sotera Health - Broadview Heights, OH July - 2017 to June 2018

  • Built the procurement function from the ground up.

  • Directed sourcing across three Business Units, managing direct reports.

  • Established a robust savings pipeline amounting to $2.4M.

  • Drove substantial increase in spend under management and increased revenue.

Sourcing Manager Corporate United (Omnia Partners) - Westlake, OH - July 2015 to July 2017

  • Developed purchasing strategies and negotiated prices with suppliers.

  • Drove operational success by increasing revenue and acquiring new accounts.

  • Secured meetings and events category within a competitive bidding environment.

  • Maintained operational efficiency through astute renegotiation efforts.

Regional Manager Indirect, LATAM Eaton - Reynosa, Tamps - June 2007 to July 2015

  • Built and directed regional procurement function across Latin America and Caribbean.

  • Drove a remarkable increase in savings within the initial year.

  • Established enduring year-over-year savings initiatives and elevated stakeholder satisfaction.

  • Saved millions annually through strategic implementation of multifaceted programs.

Location and Travel

Open to: On-Site, Hybrid, and Remote Roles.

Remote Roles: Flexible to discuss remote opportunities based on role requirements and organizational needs.

Compensation Seeking: Competitive compensation package aligned with industry standards and role expectations.

Position Seeking: Senior leadership roles in procurement, operations, or supply chain management.

  • Postgraduate Degree in Artificial Intelligence from UT Austin.

  • MBA in Finance from Universidad Tec Milenio.

  • Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas.

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