Sourcing Specialist

Location
Duluth, MN, US
Salary
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Posted
Aug 03, 2017
Industry
General
Role
Other
Job Type
Long-Term
The Sourcing Specialist, New Product Launch is responsible for coordinating the procurement activities and materials planning required for new product launches and integration of new technologies.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Lead Pre-BOM release activities such as coordinate purchase orders, requisitions, request for quotes, and other similar documents related to the purchasing of product for unreleased parts or prototypes from new/existing suppliers.
  • Analyze and manage MRP schedules for new parts and ensure timely part PO placements.
  • Coordinate transportation and logistics methods with input from the supplier and transportation department to ensure parts are identified correctly and delivered in a cost effective manner.
  • Expedite as necessary from suppliers to ensure on-time delivery for pre-production builds.
  • Facilitate smooth transition of responsibility to Material Planning upon release for production, insuring seamless impact to production schedules.
  • Issue RFQ's and provide Total Cost of Ownership analysis for new product components and new technologies in line with the category sourcing strategies.
  • Guide the supplier selection process for new projects and facilitate early involvement of suppliers in design development.
  • Monitor cost, schedule, technical specification and drawing release status of projects and lead corrective actions as required.Coordinate with supply base new component releases and design changes.
  • Assist production buyers by providing cost leverage toward current suppliers and introducing higher value technology options.
  • Develop essential purchasing updates for new product gate reviews and represent purchasing in these reviews.
  • Coordinate with the production buyer to transition parts once stable production is established or directed by the production buyer.
  • Develop should cost models and utilize total cost of ownership analysis to identify and prioritize target categories and strategies.

REQUIRED SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE:
  • BS/BA degree in Supply Chain/Operations or Business is required.
  • Minimum of 2+ years proven purchasing experience working closely with product development engineers in a Technology Category for OEM with a demonstrated success in developing supplier partnerships.
  • Knowledge of MRP/ERP, Pull/Kan-ban, and Two-Bin inventory planning systems and Bill of Materials
  • Familiarity of should cost models and total cost of ownership.
  • Functional knowledge of engineering documentation, manufacturing process control, and technical data.
  • Strong experience in the delivery of complex program management, cross-functional business/capability development and change initiatives.
  • Effective negotiation, communication, decision making and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent MS Office skills (Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook) supported by matching verbal and written communication skills.

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