Mgr II- Strategic Purchasing

Under the supervision of the Procurement Director, the Strategic Procurement Manager directs all strategic procurement within defined categories of material and/or services spend and oversees process improvement activities related to procurement systems and procedures. The Strategic Manager is responsible for exercising business judgment to define a comprehensive strategy resulting in superior cost and availability performance. The Strategic Manager motivates and supervises strategic and tactical procurement professionals to ensure the execution of this strategy. To further the development and implementation of commodity strategies and process improvements, the Strategic Manager will engage in a high degree of collaboration and communication with engineering, programs, finance, manufacturing, contracts, the end customer, and other Supply Chain areas. This cross-functional coordination will typically include engagement on integrated product teams (IPTs), where the Strategic Manager will provide technical and other input to influence key aspects of the business process and design process for identified spend categories.

Tasks Performed

The Strategic Manager is responsible for the development of sourcing strategies as well as the execution of procurement process improvement activities. Specific tasks include:

Strategic Team Management

Oversee all strategic sourcing and process improvement activities related to supply chain strategies

  • Manage a team of 1-2 strategy leads and up to 5 support personnel.
  • Determine workload balance across the commodity and project teams
  • Create strategic and tactical responsibilities for each member of the strategic sourcing and process improvements team
  • Review and approve individual purchases and agreements in concert with the delegation of authority
  • Manage commodity team's efforts to meet set cost, quality, and availability objectives
  • Manage operating budgets to decrease spend and look for lowest total cost alternatives
  • Manage systems and process improvement projects

Sourcing Strategy Development

Define the overall strategy for selecting commodities based on spend and business criticality.

  • Develop and implement tailored commodity strategies according to business needs/IBP, market conditions, and unique supply base characteristics for each sub Category
  • Supervise the RFP process and oversee the negotiation of LTSAs
  • Set budget and cost reduction objectives for individual commodities

Execution Oversight

Manage performance against cost, quality, and availability targets for commodities purchased through development of reports to track metrics in the following areas:

  • Ensure that sufficient quantities of parts are delivered on time to meet production and prototyping demands
  • Ensure that quality standards are consistently met or exceeded
  • Ensure timely resolution of any issues that could impact schedule, cost, or quality
  • Track performance of the commodity team in meeting agreed upon performance metrics

Supplier Management

Oversee supplier engagement in support of commodity strategy

  • Define supplier-specific strategies in furtherance of Strategic objectives
  • Interface with suppliers as required to drive cost reduction, performance improvement, and innovation
  • Oversee supplier performance and risk management
  • Assure early supplier involvement in product development

Engagement on IPTs and Cross-Functional Teams

Recognized Supply Chain Expert on IPTs and Cross-Functional Teams

  • Serve as a Strategic expert representing procurement on IPT teams and assist in the development of technical solutions that drive cost and complexity reductions
  • Leverage technical expertise to influence critical aspects of the design process related to specific commodities, engaging engineers, suppliers, and other parties as required
  • Offer early procurement input, including any supplier feedback, as the commodity representative on design and other cross-functional teams
  • Oversee systems and process improvements as the team lead

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