Hot Job: Strategic Sourcing Manager (Electrical/Electronics)

Finding a New Job, Job Opportunities | January 25th, 2018

A strong, growing and profitable Fortune 500 company is looking for an experienced and talented strategic sourcing commodity manager to run a $125 million spend in a $2 billion division that is part of a $15 billion company.

Does that sound like the perfect opportunity for your supply chain career? ZDA has this awesome opportunity for you.

In this newly designed Strategic Sourcing job, the ideal candidate will leverage the budget across multiple categories. It’s a great opportunity for the right candidate to make significant improvements and a significant impact on the company.

Job duties

One of the biggest duties of a strategic sourcing manager is the discovery and assessment of prospective suppliers. Sourcing managers must assess each potential supplier’s history of providing quality services or quality products that were delivered on time. While maintaining cost-effectiveness is a major aspect of the job, sourcing managers will also consider other factors when choosing a supplier, such as sustainability factors, risk management or if the supplier has a track record of ethical practices.

Once a potential supplier has been properly screened, assessed and selected, the sourcing manager then negotiates a contract. If a contract cannot be signed, the sourcing manager will move to another supplier.

Other job duties of a sourcing manager will vary based on the kind of business, its size, and location, as well as the scope of the strategic sourcing manager’s responsibilities. Those in executive-level positions might be accountable for developing an overarching purchasing strategy and forecasting future needs for products and services. They may also act as a liaison between producers, manufacturers, shippers, and customers. Some sourcing managers are responsible for processing payments.

This job often requires a significant amount of domestic and global travel.

Job requirements

The complicated nature of a strategic sourcing manager’s job calls for at least a four-year college degree, and most companies will prefer a master’s degree. For strategic sourcing managers specializing in electronics, an electrical engineering degree is required.

Being a managerial role, a strategic sourcing manager job requires a significant amount of experience, around 8 to 10 years working in a supply chain. Obviously, for those working in electronics, the experience should be working in a related supply chain. Relevant experience for this job also includes a track record of developing value-adding solutions, project management, and effective negotiations.

Companies hiring for a strategic sourcing manager position will also screen candidates for a number of soft skills, such as leadership, communications skills, negotiation skills and a strong sense of self-motivation.

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At ZDA, we specialize in connecting talented supply chain professionals with best-fit job opportunities. If you are currently looking to pursue this Strategic Sourcing position or another supply chain job, please contact ZDA today – a top supply chain recruiter.

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