Commodity Manager
Weber-Stephen Products Co. - Palatine, IL

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Work in conjunction with Finance, Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing and Logistics to insure that suppliers are found to provide “best value” for Weber-Stephen Products. Responsible for organizing and facilitating cross-functional team activities as they relate to assigned commodities. Understand how the fluctuations of the global market, changing technologies and commodity trends will impact Weber-Stephen Products Co. Gather and present commodity data and develop strategies to “stay ahead of the curve”.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Coordinate and implement commodity strategies that align with long-term company objectives for global sourcing

Monitoring price trends on all assigned commodities

Foster further synergies between all Weber Supply Chain departments by taking advantage of all material pooling and cost reductions opportunities

Develop and implement “Best in Class” sourcing practices with the objective to identify and qualify a supply base from both domestic and off-shore sources

Fully develop the cost analysis for Make-Buy and supplier selection evaluations

Develop new and creative ideas for reducing costs on existing products

Understand the global market place and its constraints and opportunities

Support business interruption plan

Negotiates and manages contractual aspects of supplier relationships

Format and lead presentations to upper management on sourcing alternatives as they relate to new and existing products and processes

Manage departmental dashboard to include inflation model and reporting on progress against cost reduction goals

Manages/support current product component requirements

Develop, foster and enhance multi-departmental relationship(s) between Weber - Stephen Products and key suppliers

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Manages the buyers that directly report into this position. Is responsible for the supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. This position is not responsible for the hiring and terminations of direct reports.

Qualifications to perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Business or a technically related field, or equivalent experience

5-7 years experience in Purchasing, Supply Chain, or a technical position in a high volume manufacturing environment. Seasonal business experience helpful

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Professional designations or Certifications by recognized Purchasing organizations preferred

Other Skills and Abilities:
Positive attitude & highly motivated

Competence with Microsoft Office software required

Strong interpersonal, problem-solving and project management skills 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 as required

Other Qualifications

Must be able to travel internationally

Strong multi tasking skills

About this company
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