Commodity Specialist

Date: Jul 5, 2018

Location: Madison, IN, US, 47250

Company: Dover Corporation

Part of Dover Corporation’s Engineered Systems segment, Vehicle Service Group (VSG) is a strong, diverse and dynamic global leader in the vehicle service industry. VSG comprises 13 major vehicle lifting, wheel service, diagnostic and collision repair brands: Rotary Lift®, Chief®, Forward®, Direct-Lift®, Ravaglioli, Hanmecson®, Revolution®, Elektron, Blitz, Nogra, Butler, Space and Sirio.

Vehicle Service Group

Job Description



Per the job description below, this is an opening for the position of Commodity Specialist. Qualified individuals interested in applying for this position should visit and search for the Commodity Specialist position on the "Career Opportunities" Link on the homepage.  

POSITION TITLE: Commodity Specialist


IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Materials Supervisor




Responsible for performing assigned duties to optimize the effectiveness of the supply chain function.  Responsibilities including planning, inventory control, kanban implementation/utilization, lead-time reduction, engineering change notice/new product launch material planning, total cost reduction activities, and some procurement activity. Under a minimum of supervision, release/order materials and product to an established supply base ensuring satisfactory quality and delivery to meet Company objectives and customer requirements.



  1. Assures optimum inventory/kanban levels and on-time deliveries to meet customer requirements while minimizing carrying costs and transportation charges.
  2. Materials planning for release and/or ordering of materials and supplies to achieve on-time deliveries at the optimum inventory investment.  Investigates and solves problems resulting from material shortages.
  3. Performs data analysis on commodities for negotiations and supplier performance.  May be involved in negotiations.
  4. Analyzes opportunities for standardization and supports associated projects.
  5. Follows materials practices, contracts, assessments, and policies to ensure honest, fair, and ethical relationships with our suppliers.
  6. Implements policies/procedures/processes that ensure the accurate processing of inventory and production transactions. Includes responsibility for the kanban process for material delivery.
  7. Manages assigned commodities for inventory/data integrity, cycle counts, obsolete/excess inventory, returned material, engineering change notice/new product launch material planning, and supplier performance evaluation.
  8. Prepares and issues all necessary reports and/or correspondence.
  9. Participate as a team member on material continuous improvement teams for the management of material processes.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned.
  11. Ethics & Work Standards: Maintain the highest ethical and work standards, while promoting the same attributes in co-workers and others. Ensure that all business activities - with both internal and external customers - be performed with a professional demeanor and that all participants be held accountable to this high standard.
  12. Communication: Expresses thoughts clearly, both orally and in writing, using good grammar. Presents concise, well-organized reports. Listens to understand input, feedback, and concerns. Provides complete information in an open, honest, and straight-forward manner. Responds promptly and positively to questions and requests.
  13. Teamwork/Relationships: Works with other employees willingly and in a spirit of cooperation and teamwork. Supports cooperation.  Demonstrates a commitment to the entire business and is supportive of all initiatives (company and departmental) to help grow Vehicle Service Group's business in the U.S. and abroad. Cooperates fully with others to achieve organizational goals.  Is tactful, courteous, and considerate. Embraces a positive outlook. Is respected and trusted by others.
  14. Continual Improvement and Problem Resolution: Identifies and communicates suggestions for work improvements. Uses technical/analytical abilities to assure existing work practices are the most efficient and cost-effective possible. Performs root cause analysis and implements viable, permanent solutions to problems. Works with both internal and external customers to develop solutions which meet company-wide needs and objectives. Applies a sense of urgency to resolve problems or create opportunities that will increase productivity and create value. Shares best practices with other employees across the business.
  15. Accountability: Accepts responsibility and accountability for both the strategic planning and the successful implementation of all projects/programs/duties as outlined in this job description. Advises supervisor of concerns, problems, and progress of work in a timely manner. Demonstrates a sound balance between quality and quantity of work while maintaining a sense of urgency toward completion.  Deadlines are met.  


CONTACTS (Internal and External):

Moderate telephone and personal contact as well as some written communication with suppliers in placing or expediting releases and performing essential job functions. Extensive internal personal contact with purchasing personnel and moderate contact with design and manufacturing engineers, quality engineers, operation manager, shop floor personnel, and receiving/shipping personnel.



Education: High school graduate with a minimum of 2 years of college with the ability

 to read blueprints. College degree preferred. Basic understanding of machine

capabilities and shop processes beneficial, including machine tooling and

production and fabrication processes.

Experience: Minimum of 2 years of experience in materials and/or purchasing or

industrial and/or related field experience.

Supervision: Works under limited supervision. Handles routine matters on

own initiative.

Responsibility: Exercises moderate degree of judgment. All questions and

direction setting is referred to the supervisor.


The above description represents a general synopsis of the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a comprehensive listing of all requirements that may be inherent in the job.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

This position may be located in: Americas : United States : Indiana : Jeffersonville

Sub Division : VSG NSA

Job Requisition ID : 15784

Nearest Major Market: Bloomington Indiana
Nearest Secondary Market: Seymour

Job Segment: Engineer, Supply, Procurement, Fabrication, Material Planner, Engineering, Operations, Manufacturing