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Sourcing Manager, Accessories

Palatine, IL

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The Sourcing Manager/Commodity Manger will work in conjunction with Product Management, Finance, Engineering, Quality, Operations and Logistics organizations to act as the primary contact for product sourcing and new product development within the supply base, while developing new sources of supply as required. Sourced technologies and products involve a range of Grill Accessories, such as covers, tools, cast iron and stainless cookware and grates.

This position is responsible for purchasing activities related to product development projects and driving supplier risk mitigation. The role requires experience developing global commodities and consumer goods related to the accessory portfolio as well as supply chain strategies in support of the category. The Sourcing Manager will enable us to meet time-to-development/time-to-production goals, while managing total cost of ownership to a minimum. The position also requires an understanding of how fluctuations of the global market, changing technologies and commodity trends (risks and opportunities) will impact Weber-Stephen Products LLC.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and implement best in class sourcing strategies with stakeholders that align with company objectives & initiatives
  • 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
  • Identify, measure, report and action supplier productivity, and identify and drive supply chain efficiency opportunities while considering the global marketplace, price trends, 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

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or a technically related field
  • 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

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Track record of accomplishments and getting things done (high say / do ratio)
  • Positive attitude & highly motivated
  • Strong interpersonal, problem-solving and project management skills required
  • Competence with Microsoft Office software 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 internationally as required, 25% (Asia, Europe and Mexico)

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