SOURCING MANAGER

Date:  May 10, 2024
Location: 

Palatine, IL, US, 60067

At Weber, grilling is a passion that’s reflected in everything we do. Our goal is to share this passion and spark inspiration with the people who matter most – our grilling community. Weber has been the world’s premiere manufacturer of charcoal and gas grills and accessories since 1952. If you have the desire to work for a company that is recognized for exceptional quality products and high customer satisfaction, employment with Weber may be right for you. We provide a friendly working atmosphere with an environment of growth and opportunity through innovation, pride, and excellence.

 

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Summary The Sourcing Manager will work in conjunction with Product Management, Finance, Engineering, Quality, Operations and Logistics organizations to act as the primary contact for product sourcing and new product development within the supply base, while developing new sources of supply as required. They will also lead a team managing their own commodities and/or new product development projects.

This position is responsible for purchasing activities related to product development projects and driving supplier risk mitigation.  The role requires experience developing global commodities and consumer goods as well as supply chain strategies in support of the category. The Sourcing Manager will enable us to meet time-to-development/time-to-production goals, while managing total cost of ownership to a minimum. The position also requires an understanding of how fluctuations of the global market, changing technologies and commodity trends (risks and opportunities) will impact Weber-Stephen Products LLC

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Coordinate and implement best in class sourcing strategies with stakeholders that align with company objectives & initiatives. 
  • Ensure appropriate levels of strategy, definition, and development of the supply chain (physical, financial and information flows) in the areas of design, source, make and deliver have been implemented to support released products. 
  • Identify, measure, report, and action supplier productivity, and identify and drive supply chain efficiency opportunities while considering the global marketplace, price trends, risks and opportunities.  
  • Partner internally to conduct regular technology and product roadmap review meetings to ensure alignment between suppliers and company needs. 
  • Full accountability for Bill-of-Material and Services costs, assurance of supply, supplier performance and selection and supply management information / data management 
  • Own and provide industry and actual unit and service cost data that feeds into total cost of ownership (TCO), and continual improvement of supplier productivity. 
  • Partner internally to develop clear third-party requirements to solve specific business and engineering needs, then own and drive to closure the supplier interface for all RFI, RFP and RFQ services. 
  • Contract Strategy and Execution in partnership with Legal and business partners, drive contract closure, including developing a negotiation approach, fallback positions, and acceptable terms, and prepare legally binding and enforceable documents. 
  • Utilize Preferred Supplier Management methodology to identify, qualify and formalize which suppliers are preferred suppliers, and guide sourcing decisions and engagement with them. 
  • Manage supplier performance by measuring criteria and ensure supplier contractual adherence, research root cause of issues, and own/drive improved performance. 

 

Education and/or Experience:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or a technically related field, Master’s degree a plus. 
  • 6-10 years’ experience in Purchasing, Strategic Sourcing, Supply Chain, or technical position in a consumer product, high volume seasonal manufacturing environment 
  • People management experience a plus 
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or higher certification a plus 
  • Project Management experience 

 

Other Skills and Abilities:  

Interpersonal Expectations: 

Works well with minimal supervision in a mutually supportive, collaborative, fast-paced team environment.  Plans, organizes, and influences the efforts of domestic and global suppliers as well as a variety of internal functional groups within the organization.  Performs a broad scope of work assignments to accomplish business team objectives. Develop, foster and enhance multi-departmental relationship(s) between Weber - Stephen Products and key suppliers. 

 

 

  • Track record of accomplishments and getting things done (high say / do ratio) 
  • Positive attitude & highly motivated 
  • Strong interpersonal, problem-solving and project management skills required.  
  • Competence with Microsoft Office software required.  
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to quantify/evaluate manufacturing processes and technologies to ensure “best cost” solutions for purchased components and new product cost parameters.  
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills.  
  • High standards of integrity required.  
  • Familiar with and working experience in a Quality regulated manufacturing environment.  
  • High energy level and strong self-motivation required.  
  • Planning and organizational skills with an ability to handle a multitude of projects required.  
  • Must be willing to travel internationally as required, 25% (Asia, Europe and Mexico) 

 

Weber-Stephen Products LLC is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or Vietnam era, or other eligible veteran status, or any other protected factor.

 


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