Posted on Apr 6, 2021 by Newell Rubbermaid
The Sourcing Manager drives the process from seasonal development of product to manufacturing in alignment with category, quality, delivery and financial strategies and provides leadership and guidance to Newell Brands sourcing specialists with the aim to allocate and develop products and suppliers who can produce high quality goods meeting Newell Brands' Outdoor and Recreation standards of quality, on time delivery, competitive pricing and supply compliance. The Sourcing Manager will diagnose and resolve complex issues and opportunities within business sourcing models. The Sourcing Manager will demonstrate broad knowledge of sourcing functions and its capabilities to support day-to-day tactical and strategic objectives.
Own general management of OAR sourcing day to day activities, provide leadership to reports, performance management, team coaching and development, and regular reporting to Sourcing Director.
Coordinate efforts and set direction for business units' cross-functional project and activities.
Support the product development needs of the various category managers and sales teams as well as being the focal point for key communication between OAR and vendor worldwide.
Develop RFI and RFQ proposal, analyzes responses, complies and summarize report and formulate recommendations for management review.
Support the goals of materials, development and procurement teams on resourcing projects.
Drive the supplier selection and onboarding process. Maintain vendor scorecard with KPIs that report performance.
Manage, analyze and report on costing process, labor and materials trends and support vendor price negotiation.
Vendor Capabilities - Verify and qualify factory capabilities by performing on site visits and production/process audits. insuring OAR will receive product as requested within the appropriate timeframes.
Adequate Vendor Base - Ensure an adequate vendor base by continually identifying needs, qualifying and developing competitive, socially compliant suppliers, with matched capabilities to product types.
Define and Negotiate OAR needs with Vendors- Define product concepts and negotiates product minimums, lead-time and costing with suppliers.
Maintain cutting edge of Product Development - Continually challenging suppliers for product innovation, new materials or capabilities and applications to insure OAR is at cutting edge of product development.
Participate in new product development introduction, value engineering and value added and other cost saving activities.
Insure competitiveness in the marketplace - Negotiate with suppliers on costs, manage quoting process, inventories, lead time, capacity, MOQ, quality, and production schedules.
Monitor regulations, rates and pricing - Constantly monitor regulations, foreign exchange rates and commodity pricing to gain leverage when in negotiations and re-negotiations with suppliers.
Product Claims - Negotiate on product claims to determine responsibility for claim, to work out agreements, and to avoid the financial cost of supplier's mistakes.
Keeper of OAR reputation - Conducts business in a fair, ethical and honorable way and thus maintains and enhances the positive reputation OAR enjoys worldwide with them outsource supplier base.
Develop and implement cost-reduction/benchmarking programs.
Create costing scenarios for category managers to review.
Validate special projects viability in terms of vendor compatibility and capacity.
Develop calendars and SOPs for team to follow, reports/escalates to Director.
Create and submit regular performance reports on team and vendors.
Evaluate and re-assign workload as needed.
A university degree in Supply Chain, Business- or work-related field.
A minimum five years of purchasing related work experience.
Proficiency in working with complicated MS Excel models, pivot tables and macros and PowerPoint.
Retail goods industry experience sourcing fast moving consumer goods.
Excellent management and communication skills; people manager experience.
Team player, particularly an ability to find and nurture talent.
Strong communication verbal and written communication process.
Demonstrated negotiation, time management and project management skills.
The ability to prioritize jobs and tasks, for self and staff.
Willing to take challenges and work under pressure.
Ability to travel up to 25%
Experience in a company with international exposure in a management role preferred.
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