North American Commodity Manager- Raleigh, North Carolina in Raleigh at Vaco

Date Posted: 2/13/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

NA Commodity Manager

Job Purpose

This employee will lead the North American procurement activities for their assigned commodity and will own the entire Procurement process for Suppliers' quality, delivery, cost optimization. As a member of the Global Procurement team, this position is responsible for establishing and executing the regional multiyear Procurement vision within the Globally defined strategy. This employee will engage the supply base to bring unique solutions that provide long term value beyond traditional cost savings.

The candidate will work strategically across multiple business functions and geographies to define all stakeholder needs, industrial best practices, and ideal suppliers. This position will be the escalation point for the North American manufacturing sites related to any quality, delivery, and/or cost issues. The scope of this role includes all types of procurement for any assigned category (direct material, indirect, services, tooling & equipment…).

Main Responsibilities

  • Establish and execute the multiyear category strategy, working cross functionally on QDCR issues at industrial sites
  • Create strategic relationships with key suppliers to drive innovation and improve value
  • Regularly interact with other Corporate and Site Procurement functions to ensure support of our internal stakeholders' needs
  • Create the strategy and manage the transition of key suppliers to cost advantaged countries
  • Supports Global Procurement teams as category SME, directly interfacing with supply base
  • Work with internal stakeholders and identify/achieve finalized procurement targets
  • Ensures all behaviors and supplier behaviors are compliant to the companies Ethics and Policies
  • Provides budgetary guidance to the business and is responsible for providing meaningful category intelligence (industry movement, trends, SWOT, etc.)
  • Prepares and maintains the Savings plan (pipeline of procurement projects) for their assigned categories
  • Improves the company's cash position through rigorous negotiation of payment terms, unit cost, and down payments; as applicable
  • For procurement decisions, leads the Supplier Selection through to Contract execution
  • Leads the identification of long-term continuous improvement action plans and productivity pipeline prior to hand over to the Site Purchasing
  • Other projects as assigned


6-8 years of procurement experience across multiple categories and/or commensurate technical experience (Quality, Engineering, etc.) with a high supplier interaction level

Direct experience managing suppliers in cost advantaged regions (Latin/South America)

Demonstrated experience as a creative and strategic thought leader

Results oriented, experienced managing multiple deadlines and deliverables

Regulated/Technical industry experience required

English proficiency required; dual language (Spanish) preferred

Bachelor's degree required


Position will, at times, travel between 20-35%; domestic and international