Sourcing Agent

At the direction of the Supply Chain Management leadership, identify, develop and implement supplier and product value stream improvement initiatives with assigned suppliers or commodities. This work is accomplished through effective use and support of the Strategic Sourcing process, Cost Targeting, Supplier Performance Planning, Supplier Development and Value Analysis/Value Engineering (VAVE) processes.
?Support and coordinate with engineers to implement VAVE improvements.
?Lead Strategic Sourcing for commodities identified by SCM leadership.
?Understand and interpret cost breakdowns of suppliers. Based on facts observable on the shop floor, achieve agreement with supplier on current cost elements, with supervision.
?Understand philosophy and tools of lean manufacturing.
?Understand and apply formal project management principles to work as appropriate. Set and meet own milestones and expectations.
?Responsible for relationship management, with peers at assigned suppliers, with coaching. Mitigate supplier risk management issues.
?Support special projects as needed that help eliminate waste in the supply chain, improve performance and/or reduce total cost.
?Participate constructively as a member of cross functional teams, as required.
?Communicate quality and engineering information/requirements as required, with both internal and external resources.
?Responsible for spends < $50 million for identifying annual cost savings targets, sustainable cost savings and total cost analysis impact.
?Develop, negotiate, and implement contracts with value up to $100k.
?Work is primarily contained within one country or contiguous global region but some global understanding and travel may be required.
?Support continuous improvement objectives internally and externally
?Perform additional responsibilities as requested.
?Ability to use critical thinking to make trade-offs.
?Working knowledge of all aspects of business operations, including Finance, Accounting, Legal, Materials Management, Engineering, Quality, manufacturing, etc.
?Demonstrated ability to do cost analysis and willingness to learn and apply Spartan Motors thinking to supplier process and value streams.
?Demonstrated successful negotiation skills.
?Highly developed verbal and written communication skills.
?Basic understanding of prepared financial statements.
?Skilled at working with varying levels within and outside of Spartan Motors, Inc.
?Demonstrated ability to think and act quickly and creatively to resolve major supply disruptions affecting customers.
?Demonstrated ability to effectively use office automation/communication software and tools currently being used in the Spartan Motors office environment.
EDUCATION AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS: (Select education and/or other certifications that may be either required or preferred to perform the job)
Degree TypeRequired/PreferredArea of Study
Bachelor's Degree
Business, Materials Management, Finance, Engineering or Operations Management
Functional Experience2 - 5 Years
Describe Experience Required:4-6 years in a professional procurement role with exposure to a variety of manufacturing processes and commodities
Spartan Motors Inc. an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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