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Sr. Strategic Sourcing Lead

Taylor-Dunn Manufacturing Company

This is a Full-time position in Anaheim, CA posted January 25, 2022.


As a Sr.

Strategic Sourcing Lead for Taylor-Dunn & GEM, you will be responsible for developing and implementing sourcing initiatives that will drive tangible value.

You will manage projects across the entire supply chain and ensure that current and new suppliers meet our four priorities: Delivery, Quality, New Product Integration, and Cost Competitiveness.

You will work on daily bases with other functional teams to ensure initiatives are driving value across the entire organization.


Supplier Relations:
Identify and establish new suppliers and nurture newly formed relationships to ensure sufficient communication and alignment and delivery.
Lead the identification of new competitive and strategic suppliers, and the development and implementation of supply agreements and LTAs.
Responsible for supplier assessments and present to leadership full documented business cases for supplier selection.
Responsible for ensuring proper supplier onboarding and / or supplier exits.
Responsible for supplier rationalization across new and exiting parts.
Initiate RFQ for new parts and part revisions to approved suppliers based on defined commodity strategy and propose supplier selections for assigned commodity.
Determine supplier capability and fit based on inputs from purchasing team and other cross-functional teams.
Manage the implementation of supply chain cost reduction projects, supplier exits, and tool transitions.
Manage cost, schedule, technical, and release status of projects and lead corrective actions as required.

Commodity Strategy:
Lead the development and implementation of the Commodity Strategy that supports plans and goals.

Establish the multi-year vision for the commodity taking into account input from the internal customers, purchasing goals, risk, future growth plans, and broader supply chain strategy.

Sourcing Priority Management:
Establish both short (1 year) and long-term (3 years+) cost reduction approaches for assigned commodities to align with budget and LRP commitments.
Utilize tools like: fact based negotiation, should cost modeling, and competitive market analysis to initiate cost reduction projects.

Establish contractual commitments to ensure longer-term cost savings to meet departmental goals.
Support supplier quality function in determining root cause, necessary containment and counter measure activities for quality related issues.
Monitor and drive supplier performance for assigned categories to ensure suppliers are meeting Polaris requirements for quality and delivery.

Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Business Administration or Engineering.

6+ years of purchasing or relevant experience (sales, engineering, etc.) required.

Cross functional project management and/or commodity management experience.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required:
Proven track record of strong, effective leadership.
High level of critical thinking and analysis to resolve high impact, complex, and/or cross department problems.
Effective negotiation, decision making and problem-solving skills.
Excellent written & verbal communication within team and cross-functionally.
Effective time-management, prioritization, and multi-tasking skills.
Functional knowledge of engineering documentation, manufacturing process control, and technical data.
Advanced knowledge of supply contracts with domestic and international suppliers.
Advanced knowledge of commodity markets, with capability to analyze data and develop strategies that incorporate macroeconomic indicators.
Experienced in presentation abilities, including PowerPoint development.

Expected to present to operations leadership and at time executive leadership.
Knowledge of project management tools and ability to assist in tasks assigned by Project Managers.

Working Conditions:
Fast-paced office/manufacturing environment.
20-30% travel required, including international travel.


Global, purchasing, commodity, strategy, category, buyer, procurement, sourcing, operations