Commodity Manager

Rockwell Automation, Inc. Milwaukee, WI
Position Summary:

Achieve year-on-year improvement in total cost, quality, and service for a portfolio of assigned commodities focused on IT services and software. Accountable for execution and implementation of the sourcing and supplier management strategies utilizing cross-functional strategic sourcing teams (made up of IT Managers, Purchasing Managers, IT Operations, and Buyers). Facilitate activities focusing on sourcing of IT service providers. Manage strategic interaction with key suppliers in the commodity space.

Major responsibilities:

* Develop the sourcing strategy for assigned commodities. Develop and refine the sourcing strategy (with guidance from the Strategic Sourcing Managers and Director) using input from the sourcing team and key global/regional business leaders within the business units. The sourcing strategy will drive the continuous improvement of Rockwell's Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for the assigned commodities.

* Drive implementation of the sourcing strategy for assigned commodities. Once a sourcing strategy has been developed, the Commodity Manager will communicate, monitor and aggressively manage business unit compliance with the strategy. The Commodity Manager will also establish working relationships with other functions (e.g. engineering, procurement, operations, marketing, and quality assurance) within the IT function bringing a strategic sourcing perspective to all key processes. He/She will also assist Procurement, CISO and Legal in driving supplier performance and selection as required.

* Leadership of strategic sourcing teams. The Commodity Manager will lead and drive results of specific strategic sourcing strategies within assigned commodities. He or she must be successful at managing and influencing a cross-functional team. The Commodity Manager will act as a catalyst for change to achieve business goals as well as addressing barriers to change.

* The Commodity Manager partners with business units to understand the goals and objectives and formulates strategies to achieve desired business results. On an ongoing basis, the Commodity Manager will remain current on supply market trends, supplier economics, and best practice sourcing.

* Responsible for Global Supplier Management. On an ongoing basis, the Commodity Manager will monitor and evaluate supplier performance (quality, delivery, service levels) of all suppliers. Conduct regular strategic business reviews with suppliers and stakeholders to ensure continuous improvement of the supply base.

* Measure and track quarterly performance within each service area. The Commodity Manager will be responsible for monthly reporting to senior IT management on key performance indicators within the business. These KPI's may include savings, service levels, quality, delivery, lead time, market trends, etc.

* Identify and implement Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) reduction opportunities for assigned commodities. Within the business unit, the Commodity Manager will champion annual productivity improvements by leading internal and joint supplier/unit teams pursuing TCO reduction opportunities in alignment with the sourcing strategy (e.g. demand management, increasing productivity, improving supplier operations, etc.).

* Identify and implement best practices within assigned commodities.

EOE, M/F/Disabled Vet

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