Purchasing / Commodity Manager

Apply Job ID 6439677344 Date posted 04/06/2021

The position is responsible for the strategic and tactical purchasing, including but not limited to, sourcing of indirect material and services commodities.

Essential Duties:
  • Develop and implement regional commodity strategies in alignment with the business units and commodity business teams.
  • Evaluate market conditions and potential strategic partners for assigned commodities and purchased products and services.
  • Drive cost reduction and Contribution to Net Income targets in all venues and commodities in line with agreed global targets.
  • Develop cost saving proposals including make-versus-buy analysis, alternative sourcing and vendor evaluation criteria in line with global/regional strategy.
  • Negotiation of regional/strategic purchasing contracts and pricing agreements.
  • Budget Planning & Forecasting for related commodities.
  • Manage vendors to adhere to corporate guidelines and compliance initiatives.
  • Manage vendors to adhere to corporate financial terms and conditions.
  • Represents the company as the primary external contact for Procurement.
  • Implement/Coordinate supplier selection based on Total Cost of Ownership criteria(incl. quality, reliability, delivery, transport costs, etc.).
  • Lead and manage supplier performance evaluation.
  • Maintain ongoing assessment of sourcing risks and proposed alternatives.
  • Implement to ensure conformity to corporate process standards and concepts to achieve optimum benefits.
  • Participate on national and international pooling teams.

  • Demonstrated successful track record of effective matrix management and management of outside contractors and/or vendors. Proven success in effectively managing through influence and directly by prioritizing tasks for both self and team to meet business requirements and deadline.
  • Strong problem resolution and decision making skills and be able to resolve elevated issues, be creative and resourceful and display sound judgment and demonstrate accountability.
  • Strong financial analysis and budgeting skills.
  • Strong relationship-development skills resulting in long-term, mutually beneficial client relationships.
  • Self-motivated; able to work both independently to complete tasks and respond to department requests, as well as collaborating with others to utilize resources and knowledge of others in identifying quality solutions.
  • Strong organization, planning and project management skills; ability to prioritize tasks for both self and team to meet business requirements and deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a time-sensitive and high volume environment.
  • Ability to drive work both independently toward the successful attainment of department goals and project completion dates, and as part of a team to leverage input and knowledge base of others within the company in providing well rounded and thoughtful information and solutions.
  • Ability to work with functional groups and different level of employees throughout the LEDVANCE organization to effectively and professionally achieve business results.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present ideas and suggestions clearly and effectively.
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to accomplish multiple tasks within the agreed upon timeframes through effective prioritization of duties and functions in a fast paced environment.
  • Strong track record of building and maintaining solid relationships with both internal and external customers and vendors.
  • Ability to mentor/coach junior levels to assist in their carrier development.

  • Bachelor Degree plus minimum of 8 years related experience to be proficient in role.
  • ERP Experience (preferably SAP).
  • Microsoft tools (excel/power point).
  • STRONG negotiation and relationship-building skills.
  • Demonstrated self-initiative in previous positions with strong Customer Service focus.
  • Understanding of different regional markets to leverage opportunities.

  • Position location can be Westfield, IN or Versailles, KY.
  • Selected candidate will be on-site daily during regular business hours.
  • Relocation and/or work sponsorship is not available with this position.
  • This position is eligible for the LEDVANCE employee referral program.

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