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 Commodity Manager - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Job information
Posted by: Rockwell Automation 
Hiring entity type: Manufacturing 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Engineering - Industrial
Management - General
Operations - Logistics
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 2470096 / Latpro-3531243 
Date posted: Feb-25-2017
State, Zip: Wisconsin, 53204


Position Summary:

Achieve year-on-year improvement in total cost, quality, and service for a portfolio of assigned commodities. Accountable for execution and implementation of the sourcing and supplier management strategies utilizing cross-functional strategic sourcing teams (made up of Business Unit Product Managers, Purchasing Managers, Engineers, Operations Managers, Quality Managers and Buyers). Facilitate activities focusing on the localization strategies of our global supply base. Manage strategic interaction with key suppliers in the commodity space.

Major responsibilities

  • Develop the sourcing strategy for assigned commodities. Develop and refine the sourcing strategy (with guidance from the Strategic Sourcing Managers and Director) using input from the sourcing team and key global/regional business leaders within the business units. The sourcing strategy will drive the continuous improvement of Rockwell's Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for the assigned commodities.

  • Drive implementation of the sourcing strategy for assigned commodities. Once a sourcing strategy has been developed, the Commodity Manager will communicate, monitor and aggressively manage business unit compliance with the strategy. The Commodity Manager will also establish working relationships with other functions (e.g. engineering, procurement, operations, marketing, and quality assurance) within the business units, bringing a strategic sourcing perspective to all key processes. He/She will also assist Procurement, Quality and Engineering in driving part number level / supplier qualification as required.

  • Leadership of strategic sourcing teams. The Commodity Manager will lead and drive results of specific strategic sourcing strategies within assigned commodities. He or she must be successful at managing and influencing a cross-functional team. The Commodity Manager will act as a catalyst for change to achieve business goals as well as addressing barriers to change.

  • The Commodity Manager partners with business units to understand the goals and objectives and formulates strategies to achieve desired business results. On an ongoing basis, the Commodity Manager will remain current on supply market trends, supplier economics, and best practice sourcing.

  • Responsible for Global Supplier Management. On an ongoing basis, the Commodity Manager will monitor and evaluate supplier performance (quality, delivery, lead time) of all suppliers. Conduct regular strategic business reviews with suppliers and stakeholders to ensure continuous improvement of the supply base.

  • Measure and track business unit performance within each commodity. The Commodity Manager will be responsible for monthly reporting to senior management on key performance indicators within the supply chain. These KPI's may include savings, quality, delivery, lead time, market trends, etc.

  • Identify and implement Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) reduction opportunities for assigned commodities. Within the business unit, the Commodity Manager will champion annual productivity improvements by leading internal and joint supplier/unit teams pursuing TCO reduction opportunities in alignment with the sourcing strategy (e.g. lowering inventory levels, increasing yields, improving supplier operations, demand management, improving supply chain flexibility, etc.).

  • Identify and implement best practices within assigned commodities.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Engineering or Supply Chain Management.

  • Minimum five (5) years of progressive experience in buying, project management or operations management.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Proven experience in conflict resolution and strategy development, and project management.

  • Basic knowledge of commodities (e.g. electronics, factored product).

  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects / assignments requiring identification of objectives, resources and/or approaches.

  • Working knowledge of ERP systems is essential, preferably SAP.

Competency Requirements

  • Strong team leader/contributor, comfortable in leading cross functional and multi-cultural teams.

  • High energy, driven and enthusiastic about opportunities to establish new approaches to reduce Total Cost Ownership (TCO).

  • Possess well-rounded knowledge in supply chain, materials planning and logistics

  • Exceptional problem solving and project management skills

  • Excellent presentation and communication skills (written and verbal) to various levels of the organization

  • Proficient in dealing with language and cultural barriers

  • Capable of capturing and transforming an idea/concept into business opportunity and deliver positive results 


  • This position requires limited travel to other Rockwell Automation locations to support assigned business unit segment (20% Domestic & International).  

Requisition Number:

Business Group:
Operations & Engineering Services

Job Category:
Supply Chain and Operations

Relocation Eligible:

Position Type:
Full Time

No. of Positions:

Work State/City:
Milwaukee - Wisconsin

Company Overview:
Rockwell Automation, the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Throughout the world, our flagship Allen-Bradley® and Rockwell Software® product brands are recognized for innovation and excellence.

When you choose Rockwell Automation, you join countless talented employees who have helped us establish our leadership position in the automation industry over the past century.

You join a diverse, inclusive and global community with a passion for innovation. A place where you can partner with great minds and inspiring people. And a corporation backed by the financial strength that drives growth - and career opportunities.

As much as we focus on our customers, we know our employees are key to our success and future. Helping you develop a rewarding career is a top priority. Because when you succeed, we succeed.

EEO Statement:
Rockwell Automation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process, email our Talent Acquisition representative at (see application details).

Download the EEO is the Law poster and the supplement for more information.


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