Sr. Global Sourcing Specialist, Commercial Systems

Elkay Manufacturing Co. Oak Brook, IL
Sr. Global Sourcing Specialist, Commercial Systems

Our goal at Elkay is to inspire everyday – customers, employees…and the employees of tomorrow. We focus on doing the right thing so we can be in business forever. Our values-driven culture emphasizes investing in people and treating them like part of the family. We're financially-stable and privately-owned with a solid reputation for ethics, integrity, giving back, and providing an engaging, inclusive environment where careers flourish and grow.

It's Elkay's people who really give us our edge. We empower our employees to take the lead in delivering Elkay's exceptional customer experience. Our commitment to our people is a recipe for success that has fueled our growth from a three-person shop in 1920 to one of today's leading international suppliers of plumbing, water delivery and cabinetry products. If you're ready for a new career challenge where everything you do will make a difference, talk to us about joining the Elkay family.

For over 20 years, the world's most recognized brands and chains have trusted their stainless steel kitchen needs to Elkay. We pride ourselves on our competitive prices, short lead times and unbeatable quality. Whether you need a stock product, require custom items or premium water delivery systems, Elkay Commercial Systems/Foodservice will work with you to develop the best solution for your needs.

The Global Sourcing Specialist will support our Commercial Systems/Foodservice division and will provide sourcing support to ensure success of cross functional teams within Elkay for New Product Development, Value Creation and Product Line Extension projects. Accountable for the utilization of Elkay prescribed protocol for selection and management of global supplier base as well as:

* Maintain strong communication with key stakeholders throughout the Elkay organization to provide service and problem solving resolution as related to sourcing.

* Utilize existing and new global supplier network to identify and bring on-line best cost solutions for sourced products and services.

* Utilize defined approval processes to ensure sourced goods meet defined quality levels.

* Utilize RFP and metric based systems to select new suppliers.


* Must possess a four-year degree, preferably in Supply Chain or Business

* Minimum of 5 years of experience in a sourcing role with offshore based suppliers in low cost countries such as China, India, Vietnam and Mexico as well as European countries.

* Business Financial Acumen (must understand how to calculate product costing, landed cost, "make vs. buy" analysis)

* Strong project management and multi-tasking skills ( use schedule to manage time and projects)

* Technically competent. Basic understanding of manufacturing processes.

* Good understanding of QC controls and system


* Ability to demonstrate a broad business background, including the ability to assist in contract negotiations, vendor relations and performance reviews.

* Purchasing experience also preferred.

* Ability to gather and interpret relevant data with cost, productivity and demand patterns.

* Proficient project management and multi-tasking skills.

* Strong oral and written skills

* Strong negotiating skills

* Ability to gather and interpret relevant data with cost, productivity and demand patterns.

* Past experience as team participant in cross functional new product development project. Knowledge of "Stage Gate" process

* Ability to lead change