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Commodity Manager

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Job ID: JRA21621
Date Posted: May 24, 2022
Segment: Industry
Business Unit: Hitachi Industry & Distribution
Company Name: JR Automation
Profession (Job Category): Supply Chain
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Remote: No

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As a Commodity Manager, you will report to the Director of Strategic Sourcing and manage the Preferred Supplier List. Your ability to build/maintain responsibilities as well as negotiate contracts will be utilized daily. Being able to understand and collaborate with various business functions will lead to success in this role.  

This is a hybrid role reporting to Holland, MI 2-3x per week.

What You’ll Do: 

  • Develop and maintain strategic supplier relationships.
  • Own the Preferred Supplier List for your commodity.
  • Manage supplier issues while supporting current suppliers while developing new suppliers for your commodity as needed.
  • Lead, develop and manage commodity strategies focused on reducing overall cost and improving supplier engagement and performance.
  • Assist Business Unit (BU) Supply Chain support (SCM Manager/Buyers) in purchasing project related material, inventory tools and customer specified items.
  • Collaborate with the quoting, engineering, project management and build teams to understand needs and drive cost effective solutions.
  • Identify and manage risks at all levels of the supply chain.
  • Engage actively in corporate lean and continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate, work in a global environment, and communicate to all levels of the organization across all geographic regions.
Note: This list of responsibilities is not inclusive; however, it is intended to be a guideline for activities. 

What You’ll Bring: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Supply Chain Management, Engineering or related discipline or equivalent experience.  
  • MBA would be a plus. 
  • At least 5+ years of experience in Purchasing or Supply Chain.  
  • Prior experience with automation, capital equipment and/or machine tool environment preferred.  

 Skills You’ll Have: 

  • Excellent analytical and creative problem-solving skills. 
  • Advanced negotiation skills to achieve best pricing and terms & conditions  
  • Ability to interact professionally with suppliers, customers and employees.   
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, and ERP systems, as well as a strong aptitude for software/technology processes. 
  • Ability to read, comprehend and interpret legal documents, such as contracts or import/export agreements. 

Company Overview  

At JR Automation, A Hitachi Group Company, our talented teams leverage the latest technologies, innovative thinking, and decades of experience to provide our global customers with world-class automation equipment.  We transform processes & optimize operations with the solutions we design, build, program & deploy for nearly every industry.  Our people are the heart of our operations, and we believe unique skills and capabilities enable us to grow, collaborate and evolve.    

Join our team of 2,200+ at one of the 27 facilities around the globe.  We offer competitive pay, great benefits, apprenticeship programs, tuition reimbursement and training opportunities to develop your skills.       

Come Think. Solve. Create. With Us!

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