Purchase commodities for direct material in support of Springs Window Fashions operations, at the most competitive cost, best possible quality and most-timely delivery. Reports into the Global Commodity Manager, and will support the execution of sourcing initiatives for an annual spend of more than $100M. Locate, establish, and maintain relationships of the highest degree of integrity with all suppliers. Secure on-time delivery of all products. Negotiate and reconfirm terms & conditions; including warranty, price, discount, warehousing, and delivery. Drive the best global supply of commodities; including identifying opportunities, utilizing cross-functional resources to implement projects through six sigma rigor, and speed in execution. Use e-commerce tools to execute auctions and expedite project implementation. Participate in team activities on a strategic level in finding global opportunities, qualifying new sources, creating strategic supplier relationships, and improving sourcing processes.
*Assist with and on some levels lead the development of commercial agreements or spot purchases required to support business partners and manufacturing sites.
*Assist with and on some levels lead the development of strategic sourcing strategies and plans.
*Ensure that negotiated agreements are implemented, and terms and conditions are being met.
*Aggressively pursue and create competitive purchase environment by constantly seeking alternate supply scenarios.
*Define and develop appropriate cross-functional relationships with the Business's Supply Chain, and other functions.
*Establish and maintain business relationships with the appropriate management of key suppliers.
*Develop Low Cost Country sourcing opportunities.
*Resolve process or supplier related issues as escalated from the Businesses where the tactical teams need support.
*Maintain knowledge of suppliers and relevant market developments such as Mergers & Acquisitions, financial status, and changes in key personnel.
*Responsible for the execution of commodity strategy projects and initiatives as assigned.
*Accountability to provide analytical support in commercial negotiations and supplier selections within assigned commodities.
*Support cross-business synergy efforts for assigned projects.
*Supports a pipeline of cost savings projects for sustainable year over year productivity, or cost down. Critical Success Factors
*Participate and coordinate sourcing activities in design changes (ECN) and New Product Development (NPD)
*Work with Engineering, Quality and testing to prioritize sourcing activities
*Recruit, maintain and manage world-class suppliers with focus on total cost of ownership improvements while maintaining the highest code of ethics and conduct
*Pro-actively and routinely drives spend analysis activities identifying strategic sourcing opportunities within assigned commodities and throughout the supply chain environment where applicable
*Reviews contracts, bids, proposals, and vendor agreements for legal correctness, terms/conditions, and acceptability of items to specifications
*Analyzes market and delivery conditions to determine present and future industry trends in pricing and availability that will impact the business
*Effective technical and analytical skills
*Initiative to challenge inefficiencies, process deviations, and strategy deviations.
*Utilization of data analysis skills to effectively identify value opportunities.
*Challenge status quo through managed approach and sophistication.
*Initiative to seek professional development, continuous learning
Education and Experience
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Preference given to candidates with the above plus an MBA and/or C.P.M. or C.P.I.M. certification