Woodward - Valencia, CA

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We are seeking a Global Supplier Manager (based in either Santa Clarita, CA or Skokie, IL) who will maximize global supply base performance and leverage positive financial performance for all Woodward business groups. The role includes all aspects of commercial and contractual management of the assigned suppliers. Key focus is the selection and development of the supply base to match Woodward's future needs, but also includes support of the business group based purchasing functions in the areas of strategic alignment and critical issue escalation. The right candidate for this role will have previous corporate level experience in a global company and will possess strong leadership and influence management skills.

Essential Functions

  • Strategy Development (supply base/market knowledge, business integration, deployment planning, internal alignment, global awareness)
  • Autonomous development of complex sub-commodity strategies - critical input to commodity and supply chain strategies
  • Contribution to development of non-sourcing business group strategies
  • Ability to drive strategy that impacts business group direct on strategy
  • Demonstrated value and contribution through leverage and integration of complete market factor influences
  • Strategy Deployment (project management, metrics, goals, escalations - charter, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex, enterprise wide projects requiring deployment of advanced project management skills and tools (risk management, financial model management, high level of enterprise integration, etc.)
  • Supplier Relationship Management (commercial management, internal coordination and alignment)
  • Autonomous development and execution of relationship management strategies of complex (1-many) relationships at high levels with suppliers
  • Mapping, communication and facilitation of many-many relationships (corporate level)
  • Analytics (Business Objects and external sources)
  • Effective integration of internal and external data source to drive activity
  • Ability to discern effectiveness of metrics and goals to drive desired results
  • Business Systems
  • Provide/drive improvements to WISE and E-Biz tools
  • Contract Mgmt/Negotiation (type, development, execution, implementation and process)
  • Autonomous development of non-standard agreements
  • Appropriate engagement of stakeholders in contractual process
  • Leads development of negotiation strategies for complex contracts
  • Support development of negotiation strategies outside of sourcing
  • Leads negotiation teams
  • Compliance
  • Contributes to development and enhancement of Global Sourcing standardized processes and tools
Other Functions

  • CI Process Development Lead of Continuous Improvement efforts requiring strong integration and alignment with other functions
  • Operate within global Matrixed Structure Effectively drives across regional and global boundaries


  • Written and Verbal Communication Skills - Ability to effectively communicate at the executive level
  • Cultural awareness - Capable of driving high level results based upon leverage of cultural differences
  • Strategic Thinking - Ability to develop future state/vision at the 5 year planning horizon and possibly beyond
  • Six Sigma/Lean - Uses influence to drive Six Sigma and lean improvements within Woodward and supply base
  • Interpersonal Skills - Ability to adapt style to be appropriate to audience
  • Data Analysis Skills - Ability to drive logical solutions in the lack of clear data
  • Leadership Skills - Ability to lead those above them
  • Professional Learning and Growth - Leverage learning and growth across balance of organization - mentoring, sharing, etc
  • Metrics/Results Driven - Ability to balance drive from goals and objectives with results at the corporate level
  • Supplier Quality System - Drives continuous improvement mentality within supplier quality system (WPQR, etc.)
  • Problem Solving/Ambiguity - Ability to drive actions to identify/mitigate unknown risks
Education or Formal Training

  • 4 year bachelor degree is required, advanced business degree preferred, purchasing (CPM, CPI, APICS, etc.) and project management certifications preferred
Experience Required

  • 5-10 years strategic sourcing experience
  • Materials and Equipment Used
  • MS Office Software
  • Basic Office equipment (copier, printer, fax, etc.)
Working Environment/ Physical Activities

  • Domestic and international travel required
Woodward is a multinational company with leading edge technology, headquartered in Fort Collins, CO - USA. We are an independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of energy control and optimization solutions for commercial and military aircraft, turbines, reciprocating engines, and electrical power system equipment. Global customers in the aerospace, power, process industries, and transportation markets rely on Woodward technology to make their equipment more efficient and reliable minimizing environmental impact.

Woodward is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Supplier Management

Primary Location

United States-California-Valencia






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