• Spec Lead Sourcing 502742

    Job Locations US-WI-MIDDLETON
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    Job Purpose

    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.


    Job Duties

    • 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
    • Proactively 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


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    Bachelor's degree, preferably in a technical competency, minimum in a business/industrial related field.

    2-5 years sourcing/procurement related experience that should include:

    • Demonstrated supplier management skills and negotiation experience.
    • Project management experience
    • Experience in manufacturing and material buying activities
    • Strong analytical and quantitative abilities

    Preference given to candidates with the above plus an MBA and/or C.P.M. or C.P.I.M. certification


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