Manager, Strategic Sourcing
Garmin - Olathe, KS

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Operations, we literally do it all…in-house. We are looking for skilled, energetic individuals who want to join our quality, international shipping, manufacturing, office services, planning, purchasing, receiving, returns and warehouse teams. These associates do everything from delivering packages and purchasing supplies to assembling aviation panel mounts and ensuring our large shipments of goods are exported according to applicable international laws. Together, they proactively support associates and customers alike. If you’re ready to work – and have fun, too – come, help us put the pieces together!

If you’re looking to lead globally, we’ve been looking everywhere for you. Our manager oversees a team of global strategic sourcing managers who drive strategic sourcing decisions within a global supply chain. Everything from supporting electronic and electro-mechanical commodities to coordinating contracts and miscellaneous items with other departments, our managers apply their expertise to continuously improve products, procedures and associates.

We are looking for a full time Manager, Strategic Sourcing - Electronics for our headquarters in Olathe, Kansas.

This professional is responsible to manage strategic sourcing efforts for various commodities and services within a matrix organization with emphasis on supporting electronic and electro-mechanical commodities, develop and execute strategies with various facilitites, and lead decision making and strategies of cross functional teams of operations and engineering in the areas focused on various commodities and supply chain initiatives with emphasis on supporting electronic and electro-mechanical commodities.

Other essential functions include:
Communicate, influence and execute with multiple facilities to assist in the prioritization and management of strategic sourcing decisions

Create and respond to requests for information, requests for proposal, and requests for quotation

Develop and implement strategic plans for process improvements in support of continuous improvement and lean initiatives

Direct and develop strategies for the supply chain team in support of the CPFR (Collaborative Planning Forecasting Replenishment) processes with major OEM customers. May include Consignment and SMI (supplier managed inventory) programs

Must drive performance and metrics associated to meet world-class levels in supplier Quality, Cost, Delivery and Service, (QCDS)

Must drive performance and metrics to ensure optimal inventory goals and objectives are met

Direct and develop process and procedures, work instructions and training in support of current ISO objectives

Coordinate the efforts of Supply Management Programs with goals of improving the QCDS of the supply base and work closely with Purchasing, Raw Material Inspection, Engineering, Process Engineering and Quality on process change and develop plans for improvement and supplier partnering agreements

Coordinate and support multiple levels of procurement activities

Review, analyze, develop and negotiate multiple types of procurement contracts in various areas of business

Review and compile inventory costing records, such as purchase price variance, (PPV), scrap and rework costs; develop related reports

Continued improvement to ensure departmental goals and metrics are established to meet company objectives


A Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Management, Operations, Materials Management, Supply Chain are preferred or equivalent experience performing a role substantially similar to the essential functions of this job description and a minimum of five (5) years experience in a procurement or Supply Chain supervisory position, plus a minimum of five (5) years experience in procurement, planning, strategic sourcing or Supply Chain are required. Qualified candidates will also possess proficient Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) knowledge and demonstrated knowledge of manufacturing requirements with ability to assess supplier capabilities.

Other required qualifications include:
Must demonstrate proficient computer skills using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint & Excel

Strong verbal, written, negotiating and analytical skills

Must demonstrate a high level of interpersonal and communication skills to work across functional and organizational lines

Must possess the ability to prioritize, organize and multi-task in a flexible, fast paced and challenging environment to effectively meet deadlines

Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and excellent negotiation skills within a global environment

Must possess meeting facilitation experience, including structured negotiations, fact finding discussions, interview, and presentation with various organizations

Must possess demonstrated knowledge of Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRPII)/Master Production Schedule (MPS) process

Must be team-oriented, possess a positive attitude, influence and work well with others

Must be detail-oriented and have the ability to prioritize multiple tasks proactively and effectively

Highly motivated and self-directed worker

Candidates who possess a CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management) Certification by APICS, CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager), Oracle ERP Experience, and (10) years production planning or purchasing experience in a electronics manufacturing environment are preferred.

At Garmin, we like to laugh, have fun and work hard. It comes easily when you work on cool products with hard-working individuals who share the same passion. We offer numerous opportunities to get involved – kickball anyone? – and believe strongly in a work-life balance so your creativity can flow.

Garmin offers one of the most comprehensive compensation and benefit plans around. We offer extensive health care coverage with little to no contributions, depending on the plan. Plus, we offer company-paid dental insurance, stock options, a 401k plan, a pension plan….trust us, it doesn’t get much better than this. Unless of course, you want to talk table tennis, fitness spaces, product discounts….come on, what are you waiting for? Apply today.




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