Commodity Manager - Packaging, Die Casting & Plastic Parts

Palatine, IL

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This position will work in conjunction with Product Management, Finance, Engineering, Quality, Operations and Logistics organizations to act as the primary contact for product and services sourcing within the supply base, while developing new sources of supply as required. Sourced technologies and services will involve a range of Packaging Materials, Aluminum Die Castings and Plastic Parts. 

Responsible for organizing and facilitating cross-functional team activities as they relate to assigned commodities. Understand how the fluctuations of the global market, changing technologies and commodity trends (risks and opportunities) will impact Weber-Stephen Products Co. 

This role requires experience with the related technologies, development of global commodity and supply chain strategies. The Commodity Manager will enable us to meet time-to-development/time-to-production goals, while managing total cost of ownership to a minimum.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and implement best in class sourcing strategies with stakeholders that align with company objectives / initiatives while keeping the customer centric
  • Ensure appropriate levels of strategy, definition and development of the supply chain (physical, financial and information flows) in the areas of design, source, make and deliver have been implemented to support released products
  • Understand the global market place, price trends, its constraints, risks and opportunities
  • Partner internally to conduct regular technology and product roadmap review meetings to ensure alignment between suppliers and company needs
  • Full accountability for Bill-of-Material and Services costs, assurance of supply, supplier performance and selection and supply management information / data management
  • Own and provide industry and actual unit and service cost data that feeds into total cost of ownership (TCO), and continual improvement of supplier productivity
  • Partner internally to develop clear third-party requirements to solve specific business and engineering needs, then own and drive to closure the supplier interface for all RFI, RFP and RFQ services
  • Contract Strategy and Execution in partnership with Legal and business partners, drive contract closure, including developing a negotiation approach, fallback positions, and acceptable terms, and prepare legally binding and enforceable documents
  • Utilize Preferred Supplier Management methodology to identify, qualify and formalize which suppliers are preferred suppliers, and guide sourcing decisions and engagement with them
  • Manage supplier performance by measuring criteria and ensure supplier contractual adherence, research root cause of issues, and own/drive improved performance
  • Identify, measure, report and action supplier productivity, and identify and drive supply chain efficiency opportunities

Qualifications to perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

Education and/or Experience: 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or a technically related field
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • 5-10 years’ experience in Purchasing, Strategic Sourcing, Supply Chain, or technical position in a consumer products, high volume seasonal manufacturing environment
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or higher certification a plus
  • Project Management experience

Language Skills     

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations 

Professional designations or Certifications by recognized Purchasing organizations preferred


Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Positive attitude & highly motivated
  • Competence with Microsoft Office software required
  • Strong interpersonal, problem-solving and project management skills required
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to quantify/evaluate manufacturing processes and technologies to ensure “best cost” solutions for purchased components and new product cost parameters
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills
  • High standards of integrity required
  • Familiar with and working experience in a Quality regulated manufacturing environment
  • High energy level and strong self-motivation required
  • Planning and organizational skills with an ability to handle a multitude of projects required
  • Must be willing to travel as required

Other Qualifications

  • Must be able to travel internationally
  • Strong multi-tasking skills

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