Generac Power Systems

Commodity Manager

1 month ago
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Generac Power Systems – Work with the leader in the power industry! Our office in Waukesha, WI is seeking a Commodity Manager.


The Commodity Manager is responsible for the strategic management of assigned commodities and products worldwide by working with cross-functional teams and owning the supplier performance. This role also manages the execution of sourcing strategies that produce tangible value through the implementation of process and projects that yield a reduced total cost of material acquisition, revenue and gross margin improvement, supply base alignment, enhanced product quality, and overall reduction of risk.  A number of your suppliers are in China and as such, fluency in Mandarin is a big plus.  Your role reports directly to the Senior Manager of the team.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Champion supplier development and quarterly business reviews.
  • Define and communicate the commodity strategy.
  • Ensure that all procurement is in compliance with all applicable regulations and laws relatedto procurement practices and in accordance with standard practices.
  • Evaluate current and new suppliers to develop and improve service levels in search of continuous improvements regarding total cost and efficiency.
  • Negotiate Master Supply Agreements to obtain the maximum value for each dollar of expenditure and focus on obtainment of high inventory turns.
  • Optimize the supply chain of goods and services from our suppliers through to our customers by focusing on lead time reduction.
  • Participate and/or lead cross-functional teams related to quality, price, inventories and availability of materials.
  • Report on supplier and commodity market analysis by monitoring trends.
  • Participate in Supplier quality audits for conformance to corporate requirements.
  • Own and update the supplier scorecards.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree in related field OR 8 years related experience within a similar working environment;
  • 5 – 7 years of experience in Supplier Quality or Management;
  • Ability to travel internationally 35% of the time.


Additional Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated skills in cost reduction and negotiation techniques to maximize value;
  • Proven ability to communicate with suppliers;
  • Thorough knowledge of purchasing techniques including strategic supplier concepts;
  • Ability to adjust priorities and manage time wisely in a fast-paced environment;
  • Knowledge of supplier contracts, product conformity, quality tool box, and problem solving methodologies;
  • ERP knowledge.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA preferred;
  • Previous experience with lean, continuous improvement, Six Sigma concepts and manufacturing methodologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence management, teams and individuals across multiple functions within a global organization
  • Understanding of working within a multi-national environment
  • Fluency in Mandarin is a  plus


Physical Demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear; and use hands to manipulate objects or controls.  The employee is regularly required to stand and walk.  On occasion the incumbent may be required to stoop, bend or reach above the shoulders.  The employee must occasionally lift up to 25 pounds. Specific conditions of this job are typical of frequent and continuous computer-based work requiring periods of sitting, close vision and ability to adjust focus. Ability to travel internationally 30% of the time. 


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