Commodity Manager

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Date: Feb 4, 2024

Location: Milwaukie, OR, US

Company: Dover Corporation

Warn Automotive, part of Vehicle Service Group is a world leader in driveline disconnect technology. Our heritage comes from making WWII surplus Jeeps easier to drive on the road with the first unlocking hubs. We continue today by making disconnects for cars, trucks, and SUVs around the world. These trusted technologies come from years of innovation and listening to our customer's needs. We have a bright future ahead so come join our growing team at Warn Automotive.

Company Overview:

Warn Automotive, can trace its beginning back to 1948, when Arthur Warn invented the first disconnecting four-wheel-drive hub for surplus World War II vehicles. Since that time, our products have continued to lead the industry with a history of innovation in Powertrain Disconnect technology.

Almost 75 years later, our products are sold to OEMs around the world, enhancing the performance, traction and capability of their vehicles while reducing fuel consumption and emissions to create a more mobile and efficient future.

Operating from our headquarters and manufacturing facility in Milwaukie, Oregon and our customer support center in Livonia, Michigan, Warn Automotive is proud to be part of Vehicle Service Group (VSG) a Dover Company.

Position Summary:

Responsible for managing assigned commodities across the procurement/material planning functions.  Areas of responsibility include: (1) Development of global commodity plans relating to market/trend analysis, source identification/selection, total cost reductions, supplier performance criteria, cost model structures, and supplier quality. (2) Development of material planning/optimization activities relating to supplier delivery performance, inventory turns/lead-time improvement, inventory obsolescence, engineering change management, and cycle count management. (3) Administration of procurement policies/procedures and leadership activities necessary for optimal performance.

Essential Job Functions Include:

  • Develops detailed global commodity plans that focus on market analysis, cost, quality, delivery, new product development/technology, and overall supplier service level.  
  • Identifies, conducts assessments, and secures best in class sources globally.
  • Drives continuous improvement activity with the supply base to support department and company objectives.
  • Manages/Optimizes suppler delivery performance, supplier lead time, inventory turns, engineering changes, new product development, and obsolescence.
  • Develops cost models to ensure industry competitiveness and identify opportunities based on appropriate cost drivers.
  • Oversees the purchasing and/or contracting for materials, supplies, equipment, and services for the operation of the Company. Confers with requesting parties when specific sources are requested added or changed.
  • Establishes and maintains purchasing practices, contracts, assessments and policies to insure honest, fair, and ethical relationships with our vendors.  Keeps informed on legal matters that affect purchasing policies.
  • Responsible for continuing programs of exploration for new materials, suppliers, and processes to achieve the best possible quality, reliability, prices, continuity, and delivery.
  • Keeps abreast of materials and markets and materials pricing trends that affect Company products.
  • Provide direction for evaluating, implementing and maintaining systems to optimize the procurement and maintenance of all product materials.
  • Provide leadership in supplier negotiation sessions including articulating clear negotiation strategies.
  • Responsible for the supervision, motivation and development of subordinates to optimize their performance and their personal and professional growth.
  • Accountable for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance in assigned area.  Responsible for design and operating effectiveness of internal controls, including a self-assessment and report to management.
  • Accountable for developing and monitoring processes and practices necessary for legal and ethical compliance in assigned area.
  • Work safely and without injury.
  • Responsible for prompt and regular attendance as scheduled.
  • Performs other various duties as may be assigned.
  • Travel up to 50% - including both domestic and international travel.

 

Education and/or Experience:

A manufacturing operations centered four year university degree and three to five years of supply chain management experience is required. MBA and experience in international materials management and international procurement will be a plus.

 

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of JDE or related business systems software; thorough understanding of Microsoft Project and Microsoft Office Suite is required. Excel mastery is expected.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:

  • High degree of judgment in matters related to purchasing, materials, manufacturing, and industrial engineering.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills commensurate with the job tasks and position necessary to communicate clearly and effectively with internal and external customers while providing exceptional quality of work and outstanding customer service. Ability to present information in a manner designed to educate or inform other team members and customers in one-on-one or group interactions as directed.
  • Ability to review, comprehend, interpret, process and evaluate effectively written work instructions and procedures written in English in conjunction with the performance of the essential functions and other assigned job duties.
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills including ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced work environment while maintaining a calm, rational and respectful demeanor and communication style in times of stress occasioned by work demands, tight timelines, heavy production expectations, unexpected quality control issues, and other work-related issues or concerns that may cause a heightened level of anxiety, frustration, anger, disappointment, confusion, etc.
  • Enthusiastic adoption and consistent demonstration of Warn Automotives’ Core Values:  Collaborative Entrepreneurial Spirit, Winning Through Customer Focused Innovation, Respects & Values People, Expectations for Results, High Ethical Standards, Openness and Trust.
  • Strong technical, trouble-shooting, problem solving, research, organizational and analytical skills, combined with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet established deadlines.  Ability to multitask is also essential while remaining flexible with changing priorities and deadlines. 
  • Well-reasoned decision making with a high attention to detail regarding organization, planning, work flow, and project prioritization to ensure tasks are completed efficiently and accurately.
  • Highly ethical, self-motivated individual with ability to work independently and/or with limited direction, as well as cooperatively in a team environment, while consistently demonstrating collaborative, respectful and productive work habits.
  • Maintain professional and respectful communication style to ensure reactions and responses to both emergency and non-emergency situations serve as an example to others of appropriate workplace communications.
  • Strong negotiating skills to review market conditions and compare to proposals, quotes, or current pricing to establish best cost position possible for the company.
  • Provide intellectually sound and well-reasoned answers, recommendations and solutions to identified business problems, issues and/or questions.  Efficiently and quickly analyze, process, manipulate, and accurately record extensive amounts of data (some of which is technical in nature) and other information that serves as the basis for this position.

 

Benefits & Perks:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision start on day one of hire
  • Fertility Treatment Coverage
  • 10 Paid Holidays and a Generous PTO Policy
  • 401(k) with Employer Matching, Profit Sharing, and Annual Contributions
  • Bonus Plans
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Employee Discount Programs
  • Career Growth, including Onsite Training and Tuition Reimbursement

 

Work Culture:

At Warn Automotive, we not only respect diversity, we actively seek it. We have a culture that promotes continuous improvement for our products and our people. We provide learning opportunities to help you take your skills to the next level. We value innovation, integrity and ownership in exceeding the high bar we set for ourselves in delivering for our customers.

The characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties that may be required for this position.  Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this or similar positions and additional duties may be assigned.

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Work Arrangement : Onsite  

 

We consider several job-related, non-discriminatory factors when determining the pay rate for a position, including, but not limited to, the position’s responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, a candidate’s education/training, the position’s location, and the key skills needed for the position.  Pay is one of the Total Rewards that we provide to compensate and recognize employees for their work.

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 : Oregon : Milwaukie

Sub Division : VSG Warn Automotive

Job Requisition ID : 52755

Job Function : Supply Chain & Procurement


Job Segment: Supply Chain Manager, Supply Chain, Material Planner, Procurement, Facilities, Operations, Manufacturing

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