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Sr. Sourcing Manager - Direct Materials

Company Name:
Kenna Group
Title
Sr. Sourcing Manager - Direct Materials
Role Type
Permanent
Location
Neenah, WI
Summary
The Direct Materials Team Leader is responsible for the timely and cost-effective strategic sourcing of raw material and direct goods in accordance with corporate policies and procedures. This position works closely with the business units regarding the application and integration of procurement philosophies and techniques to meet the needs of internal customer requirements from a category sourcing perspective. This position is focused on a strategic family of direct materials within a broader direct materials sourcing organization. The Team Leader will provide leadership to a group of 3-5 direct reports within the direct materials sourcing organization.
Responsibilities
The incumbent reports to the Director of Direct Material Sourcing within procurement and is responsible for managing assigned commodities, suppliers, and purchases to meet stakeholder needs. Utilizing a structured strategic sourcing process you will:
Work with internal customers to develop sourcing strategies for specific purchases or commodities which will best meet business needs at lowest sustainable costs
Identify, evaluate, and select suppliers which best meet business needs.
Solicit, evaluate, negotiate, and award contracts for specific purchases (complex technical, commercial, and/or financial aspects) as well as administer contracts as required
Analyze the supply base, reduce risk, assess, and optimize total cost
Improve supply chain, manage procurement process and projects, and improve internal customer and supplier relationships

Principal Accountabilities:
Develops a thorough strategic plan to drive value for their category based on an understanding of business unit needs, the supply market, spend baseline and evolution, and benchmarking. Effectively document, communicate, and gain buy-in for the strategy
Shape and sustain an effective, motivated team that delivers desired business results by providing vision and direction, building trust, selecting, coaching and developing team members, leveraging individual abilities, and ensuring best practices are utilized
Communicate fully with superiors, subordinates, and others who have need to know. Communicate in a way that is timely, yet prompt; complete, yet concise; candid, yet accurate; and clear, yet responsive
Research, select, develop, and maintain adequate sources of supply to ensure that the requirements of the category are met with the optimum quality, service, and cost to use
Balance strategy development with the tactical execution necessary to execute cost reduction projects through contract negotiation, process changes, and implementation of sustainable cost controls, including collaboration with relevant functional teams to validate the impact of projects and contract negotiations to the general ledger
Develop and execute strategic, global multi-year plans in co-ordination with Global Commodity Director by leveraging all sourcing enablers including should cost/parametric analysis, RFQ and negotiations, low cost country sourcing, and VA/VE (substitution, standardization, weight reduction etc..) to drive operational excellence in quality, productivity, innovation, and working capital
Analyze and execute various strategic sourcing levers that can be utilized to reduce Total Cost of Ownership and Total Landed Cost for the assigned commodity utilizing appropriate financial models
Ability to successfully reach business objectives through supplier negotiations. Analyzes market and supply dynamics related to supplier proposals to develop a matrix of negotiation scenarios. Engages business leaders to align on acceptable negotiation outcomes. Develops counter-arguments, opening positions, and plans for executing negotiations
Leads the development of risk analyses, assessments, and mitigation plans for their category. Manage our supplier network for assigned commodities to provide sufficient materials and services to meet our highest short-range requirements, protect against temporary supply interruptions, and provide for our long-range growth needs. Develop and execute a plan to quickly and effectively manage a supply interruption
Comprehend and provide constructive input on legal contract documents related to purchasing terms, conditions, indemnification, intellectual property ownership, etc. Develop long term agreements with suppliers that achieve our innovation, risk management, and operational deliverables
Forecast timely price and availability information on assigned commodities for the various consuming businesses and communicate this information to appropriate personnel in the company so it is properly integrated into business strategy and decision-making
Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of corporate policies and procedures, as well as related governmental laws and regulations to ensure purchasing activities are conducted within the parameters of each
Contribute to an environment in which all team members are respected regardless of their individual differences and are motivated to improve both their individual and team contributions to achieve desired business results
Qualifications
Basic Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in business, engineering, or related discipline
5-10 years of relevant experience in Procurement and/or Supply Chain and operates as a subject matter expert in strategic sourcing
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the strategic management of Direct Materials, Packaging, and/or Contract Manufacturing services
Preferred qualifications:
Experience leading a team and demonstrated application of the six step sourcing process
Strategic planning skills with ability to develop cost effective and innovative sources of supply
Outstanding quantitative and data analysis skills
Strong project management and process improvement skills
Excellent communication and presentation skills
Excellent negotiation, interpersonal, and leadership skills
Change agent with ability to influence at all levels of the organization
Problem solving experience in reducing total costs and improving processes
Ability to operate independently with limited business direction
Master's Degree in Business Administration or related field
Six Sigma and Lean training
CPM or CPIM (APICS) certification
Purchasing system experience (e.g. Ariba, SAP, Oracle)
Continued updating and/or progress toward advanced degree or equivalent in area of technical expertise
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