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Sr. Manager - Global Commodity Management (Purchasing)

Location: Michigan City, Indiana, United States
Job ID: R0036280
Date Posted: Nov 14, 2023
Segment: Connective Industries
Business Unit: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems
Profession (Job Category): Customer Service & Contact Center Operations
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Summary of the position:

The Global Commodity Senior Manager will develop a consolidated cross-division global commodity strategy as global procurement vision for Hitachi global compressor division, reporting directly to Hitachi Global Air Power (HGAP) US, LLC and indirectly to Hitachi Industrial Equipment Services Procurement Senior Manager.

This position is located at the HGAP plant in Michigan City, Indiana. 

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Define charter requirements including purchasing data, supplier and commodity-specific history, and current regional strategies through interviews and regular meetings with regional commodity managers.
  • Develop Global commodity strategies based on Hitachi global compressor division objectives, input from commodity managers, and cross-functional stakeholder requirements
  • Develop proposal of new Hitachi global compressor procurement organization to HIES
  • Identify and prioritize highest impact and probability sub-projects
  • Scope project definition, schedule, resources, and expected outcomes
  • Align stakeholders to gain program approval on strategies which may present regional challenges in pursuit of divisional benefits
  • Align with regional commodity managers to develop division-wide consolidated strategies that complement regional plans
  • Collaborate with engineering, quality, service, and warranty to solicit ideas, change support, and solutions
  • Seek design for manufacturability and assembly input and best practices from operations and suppliers
  • Benchmark commodity costs with best-practice rules of thumb, metrics, raw material indices, and technical should-cost modeling expertise (aPriori)
  • Perform analysis of competitor suppliers and review cost and capabilities from like-sources
  • Review opportunities for consolidating suppliers, consolidated-spend negotiations, and long-term agreements (spend-based rebates)
  • Report and present status regularly to regional stakeholders and leadership



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Business Major – Supply Chain and Procurement

Professional experience:

  • Commodity management, manufacturing-process knowledge, and technical should-cost reduction experience for primary compressor commodities
  • Global commodity management with multi-site responsibilities
  • Global Sourcing experience in Asian countries will be a plus with international global companies.
  • Managed Global Spend of $300-$500Mi. per year with global and multi-site responsibilities.
  • Global communication skills for effective information gathering and cooperation between different regions
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of HGAP / Hitachi business, projects, operations, and engineering design.
  • aPriori should-cost modeling expertise across multiple commodities and processes
  • Demonstrated leadership developing commodity strategies, cross-functional teams, and achieving procurement results (quality improvement, on time delivery, cost reduction)
  • language capability of Japanese and Chinese is preferable (English is essential).

Key behaviors:

  • Candidate must work well across multiple regions and cultures, within a matrix environment.
  • Strict attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and assertive
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently and through ambiguity on a daily basis
  • Must be results-oriented, high energy, and a representative of the Sullair Values.

Direct reports:

  • N/A

The successful candidate is responsible for complying with Hitachi Global Air Power US Code of Ethics and related policies. In performing the job, the incumbent shall take all steps necessary to comply with our safety rules and requirements and must actively support the organization's efforts to meet and exceed its goals of creating and maintaining a safe workplace.

This description is to serve as a guide. It is intended to be flexible and will continue to evolve over time with business needs and demands and may be updated periodically and at the Company's discretion.

Hitachi Global Air Power US is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate based on race, religion, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or other protected categories under applicable law, whether in recruitment, employment, promotion, transfer, compensation, or other conditions of employment.

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