Commodity Manager

Job Description

Responsible for managing and coordinating (as needed) all purchasing functions relating to a major commodity or operating groups, special departments, and technology departments. Ensures that such functions are supportive of assigned organization’s objectives. Responsible for developing a supplier base that will provide company with price, quality and delivery for goods and services needed. Scope: Participates with other senior managers to establish strategic plans and objectives. Makes final decisions on administration of operational matters and ensures operations’ effective achievement of objectives. Job Complexity: Works on extremely complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangible factors. Exercises judgment in developing methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Ensure budgets and schedules meet corporate requirements. Interaction: Regularly interacts with executives and/or major customers or suppliers. Interactions normally involve controversial situations, negotiations, or influencing and persuading other senior level managers. Supervision: Directs and controls the activities of a broad functional area through several department managers within the company having overall responsibility for planning, budgeting, implementing and maintaining costs, methods, and employees. RFQ Process: Ability to draft standard RFQ/RFI and E-procurement technology with requirements and ability to analyze suppliers’ response. Knowledge of Contracts: Basic knowledge of contract language associated with material lead-time, MOQ, pack quantity and price. Advanced knowledge, i.e. material stocking agreements and liability. Understand standard terms and conditions. Understand impact of suppliers’ proposed deviations to our standard terms and conditions, recommend responses and/or action plans. Ability to develop non-standard contract language. Ability to communicate with attorney and BU on applicable issues. Validates and pre-approval of contract T’s & C’s. Contract Negotiation: Utilize/draft standard terms and conditions for RFQ’s. Recommends responses to suppliers’ proposed deviations. Ability to find common ground with applicable parties and draft non-standard language to support complex agreements. Supplier Selection Process: Knowledge of Approved Supplier List (ASL) and supplier lead times. Thorough understanding of supplier evaluation and approval process. Performs supplier evaluations, including inspection plan development, monitoring supplier quality, delivery, and conformance to requirements. Develops corrective action plans as needed based on evaluation results. Analysis/resolution of quality issues: Ability to understand root cause of quality issue and facilitate communication between supplier and our company quality for resolution. Understanding of Supplier Approval Process and relationships of related functions to ensure compliance. General understanding and application of Supplier Capacity Planning, single/dual sourcing strategies and prior level. Manage sourcing initiatives within assigned commodities. E-Procurement: Ability to draft and use standard and E-procurement technology (ie: RFI/RFP/Auctions) and ability to analyze suppliers” responses. Commodity/Project Strategies: Understanding of strategies, risk and opportunities within assigned commodities. Facilitate development of strategy and identify risk and opportunities within scope; may include development of supply base for new products. Manage implementation of strategies within scope. Manage multiple commodities. Development of detailed Commodity Plans. Price/Cost/Total Cost Analysis: Demonstrated ability to perform cost/price analysis with total cost of ownership as objective. Utilize total cost of ownership analysis with supplier/commodity/project strategies. Absolute ownership for meeting targets for assigned areas. Cost Avoidance/Reduction: Ability to identify, negotiate and implement cost avoidance/reduction opportunities through total cost analysis as applicable. Responsible for meeting savings targets for assigned areas. Absolute responsibility for meeting savings targets for assigned areas. Understand the effects of technology innovations, economics and global issues on a specific commodity or product. International material stream issues: Understand world economics, taxation issues, currency impacts and total cost of ownership. Manage Work Groups: Lead and facilitate internal teams and supplier meetings. Lead small projects within assigned commodities or business unit. Lead larger project teams, may be cross-functional, within assigned commodities or business. Manage Direct Reports. Reading engineering drawings: Knowledge of stock list, notes and pictorials to determine component and subassembly requirements. EC process: Knowledge and understanding of changes, i.e. components that are changing, effectively dates, excess/obsolete material disposition, so that the material stream may be managed with respect to ramp up/ramp down, 1st article, effectively dates and investment Knowledge and understanding of timely execution of escalations internally and externally. Take ownership and create resolution to meet requirements with little or no Manager involvement. Have absolute ownership over resolution of suppliers’ material or process constraints and facilitate solutions. Leading Edge Procurement (LEP) arrangements: Knowledge and understanding of LEP process, i.e. contract language, SAP requirements and functionality in order to execute LEP arrangements. Understanding of KANBAN, JIT, consignment. Ability to communicate how and why with supplier. Negotiate total cost of ownership. Detailed knowledge and understanding of material planning, SAP and business objects reports, their outputs and required actions. Knowledge and understanding of production/demand changes associated with forecast change, customer order change, LA/DA, product/material changes and ability to minimize investment. Blocked Invoices: Ability to resolve invoice blocks on orders in their responsibility. Product qualification: Sufficient knowledge of process to recognize the need for product qualification and obtain status. Ability to ensure requirements are met by supplier through order placement, submission and walk-through. Ability to communicate such to internal teams and supplier. Knowledge of, and experience in an MRP environment.

 Job Requirements
BA/BS + min 8 yrs exp.; or MA/MS + min 5 yrs exp. Certification: I.S.M./A.P.I.C.S. preferred Business Competencies Accountability Analysis Skills Decisions Quality Developing Direct Reports Negotiating Planning Policies/Procedures Knowledge Priority Setting Self-Direction/Motivation Timely Decision Making Verbal Communication Written Communication Builds Effective Teams Business Acumen Champions Integrity and Trust Customer Focus Drive for Results Learning/Change Agility Managerial Courage Manages Diversity Manages Vision and Purpose Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook SAP Star.Tec/Matrix or other Engineering Change System