Indirect Procurement - Capital Equipment & Services Strategic Sourcing Specialist.

W. L. Gore & Associates - Elkton, MD3.9

10 days agoFull-timeEstimated: $110,000 - $150,000 a year
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Job Description

The Global Indirect Procurement team is looking for a Sourcing Category Manager with deep knowledge and experience in Capital Equipment.

In this role, you will have responsibility for the long term success of supply and sourcing initiatives in Capital Equipment to support effective and efficient supply chains. The key focus will be on leveraging spend, utilizing strategic sourcing, category management and supplier performance management processes and tools to deliver value.

The Sourcing Category Manager will provide functional leadership to regional category managers. In this role you will partner with associates in Procurement, Logistics Operations, Trade Compliance and Supply Chain to develop, recommend, and support Strategic Sourcing Plans, Supplier Selection, Contracting, Negotiation Plans, and Supplier Relationship Management activities to deliver value to the business.

Success in this role will be defined by mitigating risk, reducing costs, strong functional competencies, creating value for our internal customers, developing strong relationships with business and suppliers while protecting confidential Gore technology. The ideal candidate will be passionate about creating exceptional customer experiences in a digital world, be energized by collaborating with cross-functional and cross-regional teams to bring value to our customers and our internal partners, and recognize the importance of building and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships.


Develop and execute category strategies for the Capital Equipment spend category.
Lead and execute category management sourcing activities for the Capital Equipment category including the development and qualification of new suppliers to support business needs.
Partner with the Capital Equipment team to optimize the supplier network in alignment with the Enterprise Procurement organization.
Create bid packages, negotiate prices and contract terms, solicit bids, analyze quotations, perform contract management and provide commercial recommendations
Drive standardization of procurement processes, policies and best practices into the Capital Equipment Category.
Drive effective Supplier Performance Management for the category including supplier business reviews, scorecards and compliance requirements.
Create, maintain and own business and professional relationships with strategic suppliers and industry players to influence their supply chain capabilities, efficiency, and effectiveness for Gore.
Conduct supplier assessments in partnership with Business and/or Functional resources.
Understand industry trends, the competitive environment and our internal performance to integrate benchmarking into sourcing strategies, supplier selections, negotiation plans, and other process &/or decision making.
Own or facilitate the negotiation and implementation of all global, country or regional contracts with new and existing suppliers to mitigate risk, establish favorable commercial terms and maximize savings opportunities in support of the category strategy and in partnership with the business.
Effectively utilize program and project management tools and techniques while managing multiple complex projects and deadlines.
Partner with the Business and/or Function to identify high-risk suppliers, align stakeholders on recommendations, creation and closure of risk mitigation plans.
Owns supplier continuous improvement roadmap by partnering to conceptualize opportunities and drive improvement of key functional metrics and reductions in operating costs in partnership with the Business or Function.
Support project success by working with project champions and being the liaison with external companies to drive financial and timeline performance to targets


Required Job Qualifications:
BA or BS in Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or Business
Minimum five years’ demonstrated experience procuring large dollar capital equipment and services in a manufacturing/engineering setting.
Familiarity with industrial manufacturing processes and machinery.
Excellent communication, change management and organizational skills.
Proven ability to manage multiple complex projects.
Proven negotiator in sourcing, contracts, and vendor management.
Demonstrated ability to capture and report cost savings related to capital equipment and service procurements.
Strong analytical skills

Ability to:
Read engineering drawings and specifications
Effectively communicate and influence while building a functional network of individuals and teams across organizations, including procurement, engineering, quality, and manufacturer
Work independently and as a member of cross-functional teams
Travel 10%
Demonstrated ability to deliver effective business results in a regional and global team environment.
CPSM, CSCP, CPIM, SPSM, or similar certifications.
Deep knowledge and demonstrated ability in developing and leading a category sourcing strategy.

Experience with:
Formal sourcing methodologies
Using e-sourcing tools to execute and manage sourcing projects
Reviewing and negotiating complex agreements.
Gore is committed to a drug-free workplace. All employment is contingent upon successful completion of drug and background screening.

Gore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the US. Gore generally will not sponsor visas unless otherwise noted on the position description.

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: Purchasing/Materials Management
Primary Location
: North America-United States-Maryland-Elkton
: Yes, 10 % of the Time
: Day (1st shift)