Commodity Manager
Kimberly-Clark 548 reviews - Appleton, WI

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Kimberly-Clark is leading the world in essentials for a better life. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with nearly 57,000 employees worldwide and operations in 36 countries, Kimberly-Clark posted sales of $20.8 billion in 2011. Kimberly-Clark’s global brands are sold in more than 175 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people trust Kimberly-Clark products and the solutions they provide to make their lives better. With well-known family care and personal care brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Andrex, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Poise and Depend, we hold the No. 1 or No. 2 share position globally in more than 80 countries.

As a global company, we are committed to cultivating a fair, respectful and engaging work environment that inspires our diverse global team to thrive professionally and contribute to the communities where we operate. We also have a responsibility to attain a deeper understanding of our impact on the world. Addressing Sustainability issues and incorporating solutions through all levels of Kimberly-Clark is a critical component of our business.

This position will be located in the Greater Appleton, WI area.

Position Purpose:

At Kimberly-Clark we spend hundreds of millions of dollars with suppliers every year. Our sourcing team ensures we have strong relationships with internal stakeholders to understand the business needs and develop effective category sourcing strategies that drive value, so that Kimberly-Clark can continue to invest in innovative new products and customer relationships.

The Commodity Manager is responsible for leading North America commodity sourcing for Injection Molding and Contract Manufacturing categories to achieve variable cost productivity, working capital, and business financial goals. The incumbent will lead the supplier selection, development, and overall supplier management, including managing the entire contract life cycle from Request for Proposal to supplier exit utilizing a structured strategic sourcing process. This position works closely with the business units and cross-functional team to achieve strategic sourcing objectives for the commodity.


The incumbent is responsible for managing assigned commodities, suppliers, and purchases to meet stakeholder needs. Incumbent is expected to develop knowledge in their commodity or service, develop robust strategies based on this knowledge and serve as a thought leader to the rest of the organization for the strategic sourcing of the assigned commodities.

Utilizing a structured strategic sourcing process you will:

• Work with internal customers to develop sourcing strategies for specific purchases or commodities which will best meet business needs at lowest sustainable costs
• Identify, evaluate, and select suppliers which best meet business needs.
• Solicit, evaluate, negotiate, and award contracts for specific purchases (complex technical, commercial, and/or financial aspects) as well as administer contracts as required
• Analyze Supply Base, reduce Risk, assess and optimize Total Cost
• Improve K-C Supply Chain, manage procurement process and projects, improve internal customer and supplier relationships
• Lead Regional and/or Global annual purchases across multiple business units up to $100 million in annual spend

Basic Qualifications:

-A Bachelor's degree in business, engineering or related discipline
-7 or more years of relevant experience
-Operates with limited business direction
-Demonstrated knowledge and extensive experience in a major purchasing commodity group

Preferred Qualifications:

-Experience in supporting Class II Medical Device or FDA regulated products
-Experience or relevant industry knowledge with Injection Molding and Contract Manufacturing
-Strong quantitative and data analysis skills
-Strong project management and process improvement skills
-Strong communication and presentation skills
-Excellent negotiation, interpersonal, and leadership skills
-Change agent with ability to influence at all levels of the organization
-Problem solving experience in reducing total costs and improving processes
-Master’s Degree in Business Administration or related field
-Six Sigma and Lean training
-CPM or CPIM (APICS) certification
-Purchasing system experience (e.g. Ariba, SAP, Oracle)
-Continued updating and/or progress toward advanced degree or equivalent in area of technical expertise

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Equal opportunity employer
Please apply at: Requisition 17637

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