Job Description

Job Title: Sourcing Specialist
Job Location: Pennsylvania


  • Lead for negotiations and supplier management with the company's supply base, driving the strategic sourcing process on a global basis
  • Lead, support the development, implementation, and management of global strategies to provide the segment with optimal supply assurance, pricing, flexibility, quality, and delivery performance
  • Benchmarks new processes, approaches, and technology that will continually drive improvements on performance and business results
  • Researches, identifies, and analyzes current and emerging procurement trends
  • Develops a deep understanding of market conditions
  • Develops proposed global supply chain solutions focusing on total cost of ownership
  • Presents proposed Supply Chain solutions to gain leadership understanding and support
  • Negotiates major and/or global agreements which include negotiating prices, terms and conditions, risk mitigations and warranties in support of those agreements and is the primary supplier relationship owner
  • Builds and leverages strong working relationships with internal customers and key suppliers to assure cost, quality, and delivery targets are met
  • Communicate and implement strategies, contracts, and pricing to all regions with an overall focus on maintaining good supplier relationships and total costs of ownership to a minimum to achieve maximum advantage for the company and its customers
  • Address all areas of Category management including Category business plans, global market, pricing analysis, and procurement support
  • Contribute to development of the company's strategic Category objectives and goals
  • Develop global Category strategies with defined plans for cost savings, risk assessment, mitigation, and service level agreements
  • Lead in the development and execution of Category negotiation strategies with suppliers, including specific targets for pricing, service, quality, intellectual property, tool ownership, exclusivity, and inventory
  • Monitor current Category market conditions, technology roadmaps, and identify supply/demand challenges and opportunities
  • Develop subject matter expertise in assigned commodities through external research, benchmarking, and analyzing cost drivers and life cycle costs and life cycle costs
  • Provide market intelligence and Category price trends
  • Develop deep understanding where our competition sources their components and materials, as well as determining the respective costs of same
  • Recognized as the Center of Knowledge for respective Category areas and shares this information with key stakeholders to enable more effective planning, forecasting, and execution
  • Develop and maintain should-cost models that are relevant to the global marketplace
  • Utilize strategic sourcing process to manage assigned commodities and finished products for multiple locations of the company and its subsidiaries
  • Identify all stakeholders for each major category and form cross-functional team to define and implement strategy that reduces cost, improves quality, and delivery performance and improves the company's competitive position
  • Build case for significant change and develop consensus among key stakeholders
  • Provide rigorous analysis of spend data and market trends and dynamics to prioritize and launch sourcing initiatives within designated spend/Category categories
  • Analyze current spend and evaluate current suppliers
  • Consolidate spend across multiple manufacturing locations to create leverage, analyze purchasing trends, and develop sourcing alternatives
  • Identify new high potential suppliers on global basis
  • Deliver 5% year over year net cost reductions for commodities and program that fall within assigned responsibility
  • Manage respective supplier relationships and performance, including but not limited to dispute resolution
  • Develop key performance measures for chosen suppliers and negotiate on multiple variables to award longer-tern strategic contracts that result in significant cost reduction and improved service levels
  • Support new product introduction programs as Program Manager by coordinating all sourcing and supplier qualification activities on a global basis
  • Manage multiple objects, coordinate activities of team, and track progress/schedules
  • Monitor current Category market conditions, technology roadmaps, and identify supply/demand challenges and opportunities
  • Participate on special projects in Sourcing area as appropriate

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Finance, Engineering, or Supply Chain Management is required
  • Minimum of four years of relevant, progressive Strategic Sourcing, Category Management or equivalent work experience and expertise
  • Demonstrated knowledge of strategic sourcing process and tools and their application in restructuring purchases of a Global Supply Chain and Global Multi-plant manufacturing business
  • Track record of delivering significant cost reduction and service level improvements
  • Expertise in negotiation of long term contracts with safeguards against identified risks
  • Ability to identify key performance measures and evaluate alternatives
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead teams attaining cross-functional consensus
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels
  • Ability to work with key stakeholders in multiple global locations and at various levels
  • Strong analytical problem solving abilities through the use of contemporary tools and methods
  • Must have previous "strategic" or "tactical" Sourcing experience

QBH#: 1861

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