Strategic Sourcing Specialist

Date: Apr 10, 2019

Location: St. Paul, MN, US

Company: Dover Corporation

Job Summary:  This position is responsible for the development and execution of business-wide commodity strategies.  This role with manage existing suppliers and identify new suppliers by providing leadership in a cross-functional team environment for sourcing, strategic planning, commodity expertise, supplier selection, cost and capital management, and supplier risk management.

Essential Job Responsibilities:
•    Develop and execute commodity strategies that drives a supply base committed to deliver 100% quality parts, on time, with continued effort to reduce total cost.  Develop deep understanding of existing suppliers, future product and technology needs, and growth plans.
•    Provide commodity knowledge and market expertise for machining, metal fabrication, resins, and plastic injection molding to cross-functional teams.
•    Lead supplier selection activities in alignment with commodity strategies.
•    Manage all aspects of supplier relationships.  Develop and manage strong supplier relationships to provide the best competitive advantage and utilization of the company’s annual spend.  Provide governance over key supplier relationships and lead supplier business reviews.
•    Manage critical supplier projects, such as supplier capacity improvements.
•    Direct / lead efforts to prevent and resolve complex supply chain issues.
•    Develop and maintain material cost tracking models.  Actively seek out and execute cost reduction opportunities.  Generate and negotiate contracts to provide the lowest Total Cost of Ownership.
•    Comply with all quality policies, while continuously identifying opportunities for improvement. Support the processes of ISO, ASI and other certifications deemed necessary by the business.
•    Demonstrate support of CPC core values.  Comply with all company policies and safety regulations.
•    Perform other job duties as assigned to meet business needs.


Essential Supervisory Responsibilities:


Required Job Qualifications:
•    Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
•    Three plus years of related procurement and commodity experience.
•    Two plus years of experience working with new product development teams and developing supply and stocking strategies to support new product launches through product life cycle.
•    Ability to travel (domestically and internationally) approximately 10-20% of the time.
•    Strong written and oral communication skills, as well as proven experience working one-on-one with suppliers, business units, engineering, and senior management (internally and suppliers).
•    Creative problem solver.  Able to analyze and resolve problems using initiative. 
•    Attention to detail and accuracy.
•    Self-motivated and confident.  Comfortable to work independently, as well as within cross-functional teams.
•    Able to balance many tasks and conflicting priorities.  Able to negotiate conflict.


Preferred Job Qualifications:
•    Extensive experience working with machined metals and injection molded plastics.
•    Experience working in a global, multi-site manufacturing company.
•    Experience working in medical device or other regulated industry.
•    Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook and advanced Excel.  Touch typist.


Travel Requirement:    Yes, up to 20%    International & Domestic

Physical Demands:
•    The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
•    The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and fingers and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk and/or stoop.

Work Environment:
•    The work environment 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 noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
•    Office environment.


This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive list of tasks, responsibilities or duties.  Colder Products Company reserves the right to amend to meet legal, business and organizational requirements as necessary.

CPC is the leading provider of quick-disconnect couplings, fittings and connectors for life sciences, specialty industrial, and chemical handling markets. Founded in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1978, CPC has more than 300 employees, sales offices in 10 countries with distribution partners and customers around the globe. Used around the world in a broad range of applications, connection technologies from CPC allow flexible tubing to be quickly and safely, connected and dis-connected, reducing spills and increasing safety.
Make a difference and be a driving force in the growing medical manufacturing market by joining CPC, the industry leader in design and manufacturing of fluid connectors. To learn more about Colder Products Company, we invite you to explore our website at

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