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Strategic Sourcing Manager

Company: Crenlo
Location: Rochester
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Crenlo has an exciting opportunity within our Strategic Sourcing & Procurement group. We are looking for an experienced Strategic Sourcing Manager to take the lead in working with and managing a small team of Commodity Managers with responsibility for developing and implementing Sourcing Strategies and strategic agreements for critical materials, components and/or assembly categories that facilitate Lean procurement principles and optimize the capability, value and flexibility of the Crenlo supply chain. You must be a results-driven individual with excellent communication skills, both verbal and written; experience in leading, developing and managing others either directly or indirectly; have a strong attention to detail; able to influence across the organization and desire to make a difference. This position may be based in Rochester, MN; Greeneville, TN; Watertown, SD or Remote.

In This Position You Will:

  • Work closely with the Company leadership team to ensure required suppliers, product capabilities and materials for assigned categories are available and meet cost targets in support of growth and a competitive position in the market.
  • Participate with other department leadership in helping to define, document and implement policies, tools and processes for the Strategic Sourcing team and deliverables.
  • Lead your team in defining sourcing strategies for materials and components by geographic location that meet or exceed the business requirements.
  • Ensure that your team provides timely input to company procurement, estimating and product development teams to leverage key supplier capabilities in product design, manufacture, test, cost reduction, lead time reduction and customer satisfaction.
  • Perform technical and process capability and capacity assessments of potential and approved suppliers relative to assigned product responsibility to ensure cost effective solutions that meet all technical, performance, quality and business case requirements.
  • Lead the development, implementation and management of innovative processes that facilitate successful outsourcing or transition of selected products and/or services to offshore or domestic sources.
  • Function as the business liaison between the Company operational locations and external sourcing resources for assigned category responsibilities to facilitate timely resolution of technical and commercial issues.
  • Facilitate and lead the negotiation and contract development of strategic business opportunities and long-term agreements, coordinating with all internal stakeholders involved in the process. Help develop these skills into core competencies for your team.
  • Ensure compliance to product requirements, prompt resolution of supplier performance problems and proactive communication to site management teams of potential issues that may impact the customer if not properly managed.
  • Promote a spirit of cooperation throughout the internal and external supply chain organizations, engineering, manufacturing and quality to ensure superior customer satisfaction and results.
  • Lead your team to achieve defined milestones and performance targets on selected outsource, major subcontract, cost reduction implementations and other defined initiatives to improve Crenlo performance.
  • Foster and promote a strong safety culture and follow all safety policies, procedures and regulations. Identify and communicate workplace hazards and correct or seek assistance in correcting unsafe actions or conditions.
  • Be expected to travel to company business locations and suppliers roughly 20% of the time

Basic Qualifications: (required)

  • Bachelor's degree in business, supply chain, engineering or similar field of study.
  • Minimum of five (5) years previous experience as a Commodity Manager
  • Minimum of five (5) years related experience in a manufacturing environment related to production or material planning, purchasing, inside sales or other supply chain functions
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of supervisory/management experience; either direct or indirect
  • Strong negotiation and contract management skills
  • Working knowledge of Materials Requirements Planning (MRP), Lean manufacturing and replenishment methods and problem-solving tools

  • Strong supplier/market knowledge associated with at least three (3) part/material categories that are key components in Crenlo products
  • Strong ability to successfully manage multiple tasks/priorities at the same time
  • Ability to read, correctly interpret and communicate engineering drawings and specifications to suppliers
  • Must be computer literate and highly proficient with Microsoft suite products
  • Good presentation skills - Will be expected to create and deliver presentations to management, other internal customers and suppliers

Preferred Qualifications: (desired)

  • Professional certification such as Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) or Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)
  • Knowledge of ISO 9001 or AS9100 Quality System requirements and Lean Manufacturing techniques highly desired
  • Experience with international sourcing of materials
  • Advanced degrees or other professional certifications

Additional Measurable Skills / Experience

  • Proven ability to develop and execute structured action plans that achieve Company goals
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, lead and motivate multi-functional teams in a dynamic environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work effectively independently as well as part of a wider team to deliver results
  • Ability to lead and develop a team; hold them and yourself accountable for results and provide opportunities for professional growth
  • Must have broad knowledge of manufacturing processes, key market indicators and suppliers associated with raw materials and mechanical parts and assemblies
  • Proven supplier management/engagement experience along with excellent organizational and process development/optimization skills
  • A customer-oriented focus; be effective and creative in providing solutions in challenging situations

Crenlo is a global leader in cab manufacturing in the agriculture, construction, military, rail, forestry, mining, utility, and specialty truck markets. We have a proud history and a bright future in a great market with incredibly talented employees and amazing customers.

Crenlo offers a comprehensive and competitive total compensation package. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, paid time off, 401k retirement savings and tuition reimbursement.

Crenlo is dedicated to the belief that people are our most important asset. Employee development, opportunity to grow and continuing to evolve both as an employee and as a company are instrumental to our success. We encourage employees to inquire about open positions and apply to those that help further their career goals. Crenlo Engineered Cabs is an equal employment opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered regardless of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, disability or veteran's status.

Keywords: Crenlo, Rochester , Strategic Sourcing Manager, Other , Rochester, Minnesota

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