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 MANAGER, STRATEGIC SOURCING - 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: Management - General
Operations - Logistics
Operations - Other
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: R21-10461 / Latpro-3827676 
Date posted: Sep-29-2021
State, Zip: Wisconsin, 53204


Location: Milwaukee - Wisconsin

Job Description

Leading a team of Commodity Managers and Buyers, develop, implement, and manage global sourcing strategies and supply for a portfolio of commodities. Achieve year-on-year improvement in total cost, quality, and service while leading regional and global supply management activities and managing supplier relationships for a portfolio of commodities. Leadership of cross-functional strategic sourcing teams and accountable for execution and implementation of Commodity Sourcing Strategies. 

Plans and implements activities related to procurement, inventory control, planning and quality control of production materials. Ensures the availability of materials in the supply chain, as scheduled, and the maintenance of inventory at minimum acceptable levels. Responsible for sourcing and supplying raw materials, utilities and outside services, as well coordinating global procurement efforts. Reviews and plans requirements for acceptable inventory. May work with customers in auditing customer inventory levels and with internal and external vendors to comply with inventory policies. Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the function.

Key Responsibilities:

  • With guidance from the Director Strategic Sourcing, develop the sourcing strategy for assigned commodities, using input from the sourcing team and key global/regional stakeholders 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 Manager will communicate, monitor and aggressively manage business unit compliance of the strategy. The Manager will also establish working relationships with other functions (e.g. Engineering, Plant Operations, Supplier and Product Quality, etc.), bringing a Strategic Sourcing perspective to all key processes. 
  • Leadership of strategic sourcing teams. The Manager will lead and drive results of specific strategic sourcing strategies within assigned commodities and must be successful at managing and influencing a cross-functional team. The Manager will act as a catalyst for change to achieve business goals as well as addressing barriers to change.
  • Develop an expertise in the business unit and/or corporate function needs and capabilities for commodities. The Manager partners with business units and functions to understand their goals and objectives and formulates strategies to achieve desired business results. On an ongoing basis, the Manager will remain current on supply market trends, supplier economics, and best practice sourcing.
  • Responsible for Global Supplier Management. The Manager will monitor and evaluate supplier performance around 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 performance on Sourcing KPIs within each commodity. The 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 or services. Within the business unit or function, the 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.).

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Engineering or Supply Chain Management.
  • Minimum of six (6) years of experience working in strategic sourcing or an operations discipline in a manufacturing and/or industrial environment
  • Basic knowledge of commodities (Direct / Indirect, depending on role), supply management practices and analytics
  • Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Proven experience in conflict resolution, strategy development and project management.
  • Advanced 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.
  • Knowledge in data architecture and management applications (e.g. Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Advanced formal degree


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer including disability and veterans.

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