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Commodity Manager - Strategic Sourcing Specialist

Mankato, MN · Manufacturing

Salary: $95,000 - $105,000 per year, plus top benefits and relocation assistance

About the Position

We are seeking a highly skilled Commodity Manager to join our dynamic team in Mankato, MN. This role is pivotal in planning, organizing, and controlling the sourcing of materials and services for a variety of commodities. The ideal candidate will implement global supply management strategies to foster supplier partnerships, reduce the supplier base, manage assets effectively, and drive continuous quality improvement.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategic Sourcing & Negotiation: Lead negotiations on procurement contracts to achieve cost savings and timely delivery. Ensure all contracts are legally binding and auditable.
  • Supplier Relationship Management: Develop, evaluate, and manage supplier relationships to meet material cost, availability, and inventory goals.
  • Quality Assurance: Analyze and troubleshoot quality issues, influencing suppliers to resolve problems efficiently.
  • Performance Monitoring: Maintain supplier quality through assessments, evaluations, and ongoing monitoring. Oversee supplier performance with periodic reviews and audits.
  • Liaison Role: Act as a liaison between suppliers and the company to resolve issues and prevent supply interruptions.
  • New Material Procurement: Procure and evaluate new materials for each phase of the design process.
  • Supplier Coordination: Arrange engineering samples and lead the qualification process for new or updated materials.
  • Product Development Support: Serve as a materials resource on product development teams.
  • Commodity Procurement Plans: Design and implement procurement plans, managing transitions to strategic suppliers.
  • Inventory Management: Develop inventory targets and monitor processes to forecast fluctuations.
  • Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI): Review, design, implement, and monitor VMI programs.
  • Cross-functional Leadership: Provide leadership across Production, Quality, Finance, and Logistics departments.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Execute regulatory requirements including international shipping documentation.
  • Market Analysis: Monitor market trends and keep the business informed of industry movements.

Job Requirements

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics, Engineering, or equivalent.
  • Experience: Minimum of 5 years in buying complex commodities and managing supplier relationships.
  • Skills & Abilities:
    • Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to influence others.
    • Strong negotiation and diplomacy skills for managing complex supplier relationships.
    • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
    • Proficiency in Manufacturing Requirements Planning (MRP) and JD Edwards (JDE).
    • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook).
    • Experience in project management from concept to implementation.
    • Willingness to travel domestically and potentially internationally.

About Mankato, MN

Mankato is a vibrant city known for its rich history, scenic beauty, and strong community spirit. With a blend of urban amenities and small-town charm, Mankato offers an excellent quality of life with numerous recreational activities, cultural events, and educational opportunities.

Why This Is a Great Opportunity

This role offers the chance to impact our global supply chain strategy significantly. You will work with a dedicated team to drive supplier partnerships, enhance quality standards, and support new product developments. The hybrid work model also provides flexibility with work-from-home options on Mondays and Fridays.

Apply Now

If you are a strategic thinker with a passion for supply chain management and meet the qualifications listed above, we encourage you to apply. Join us in Mankato and be part of a team that values innovation, quality, and continuous improvement.

As recruiters, we are skilled in our field and understand how to match an opportunity with the individual. If you choose to send us your resume, be advised we will not share it with any employer without your permission. 

If this isn't the right position for you, please share it with someone who might be interested. In the meantime, please look at our website – we have other openings that may suit your needs!

Thank you,

Brian Hughes

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