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Commodity Manager

Job Id:  36687
Job Family:  Supply Chain

West Bend, WI, US

Employment Type:  Permanent


Responsible for strategic management of assigned commodities/spend categories for Manitou Equipment America (MEA) operations.  As a member of the corporate supply chain team, work closely with materials managers, buyers, engineers, and product managers to develop and implement comprehensive sourcing strategies that support the MEA business plan.  Find, evaluate and select suppliers; negotiate pricing and LTA contracts, and drive supplier productivity & total cost improvement of purchased materials.  Build value-added relationships with key suppliers, supply management, and manufacturing site teams. Work on leverage and synergy opportunities within the Manitou Group, focusing on common global commodities and supplies. Support engineering on New Product Development programs.



  • Identification and qualification of new suppliers, preparation and execution of RFQ and competitive bidding events, creation and evaluation of complex business cases, leading Contract/LTA negotiations and compliance; all while ensuring cost, quality, capacity, delivery, and capability requirements are met and sustained.
  • Support of manufacturing site requirements, leveraging spend across locations to identify and implement sourcing and process improvements to strengthen and accelerate supple chain initiatives.
  • Work with engineering on new product development to support projects and align design with our strategic supply base.
  • Evaluate current spend and supplier data and identify improvement opportunities and new idea projects.
  • Project and/or Program Manager Activities, leading projects to meet objectives and drive operational results.
  • Manage the two-pronged task of identifying new global supply sources as well as rationalizing and consolidating the existing supply base and commodity list.
  • Develop and measure key supplier performance metrics.



  • Must have strong project management skills.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Must be team oriented with the ability to bring people together to meet specific goals and challenges.
  • Must be able to work with all levels of internal and supplier management teams, including internationally.
  • Must be able to travel as needed.



  • Bachelor Degree in Business or related field.
  • Contract negotiation, contract management/LTA experience required.
  • Strong Project Management skills required.
  • 5+ years’ experience in purchasing/commodity management.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must have a high level of proficiency in the latest tools and techniques for supplier selection, negotiation, communication, and performance management, including online RFQ and reverse auctions.
  • Global Supply Chain experience required.
  • Multi-site, centralized purchasing experience preferred.
  • CPSM, C.P.M., 6-Sigma Certifications a plus.
  • Solid experience in Lean, JIT, Kanban Tools, Warehouse management, ERP/MRP a plus.

Nearest Major Market: Milwaukee

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