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Commodity Sourcing Senior Manager, Capital Equipment

Louisville, KY, United States  |  Sourcing  |  ID: REQ-11266

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Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Commodity Sourcing Senior Manager, Capital Equipment

The Challenge

The Commodity Sourcing Senior Manager, Capital Equipment, will actively manage approximately $50+ Million of annual spend as part of the Indirect Sourcing team. They will lead the total cost, relationship, and strategy of Capital Equipment suppliers and commodities, including managing and understanding the total risk associated with suppliers and their supply chain. They will be responsible for collaborating across multiple product lines and functions to support NPIs and on-going operations.

What you will Do

  • Develop, lead, and execute Sourcing strategies for the Capital Equipment spend and deliver against cash, cost, delivery, and quality goals.
  • Serve as the purchasing subject matter expert in the commodity, with a deep knowledge of the technology, materials and industry and an understanding of the competitive landscape.
  • Drive world class processes and expand the use of Sourcing techniques and tools (should-costing, reverse auctions, RFQ tool, etc.).
  • Effectively interface with internal functions and suppliers to ensure project outcomes meet GEA expectations (safety, quality, performance, timing) while aggressively driving out cost and increasing value in each transaction.
  • Partner with internal stakeholders (primarily Legal, AME and Plant Engineering) to drive to industry standard practices in order to increase competition and reduce cost.
  • Proactively identify and develop new suppliers within each commodity area; expand and diversify current supply base locally and globally.
  • Partner with affiliated companies to drive synergy in the space.  
  • Lead strategic negotiations, award business to suppliers, execute agreements and review and approve purchase orders.
  • Conduct risk assessments including regular supplier reviews to ensure proper management and execution.
  • Introduce supplier innovation whenever possible.
  • Drive the execution of the Capital Equipment strategy and work cross functionally with R&D, marketing, operations and manufacturing specialists to move projects from concept to completion utilizing Pugh Matrixes and other techniques.
  • Act as a resource for NPI programs from initial scoping, through supplier selection, installation and post-launch.
  • Achieve the best commercial terms including price, quality, delivery, risk mitigation, after-sales service, and warranty.
  • Provide direction and coach Contract Analyst(s).
  • Ensure agreements and POs are written such that they offer maximum protection to GEA and the initiator of the requisition in the event a dispute arises.

What you need to Succeed

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering or related field. 
  • 5+ years relevant experience within manufacturing, program management, cost estimating, commodity management or in a related role involving negotiating, identifying opportunities, selecting suppliers, implementing contracts and/or in-depth technical expertise with Capital Equipment.
  • Demonstrated experience in the specification, should costing, cost estimating and the implementation of capital equipment and/or tooling within a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience supporting new product introductions or product transitions.
  • Ability to take inputs from multiple functions and perspectives and translate it into an actionable plan while reconciling and integrating competing interests.
  • Understands big picture and aligns priorities with broader goals, measures outcomes, uses feedback to change as needed, evaluates alternatives, solutions oriented, seeks alternatives and broad input; can see connections within complex issues.
  • Proven proactive problem solving, analytic, and project management skills. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of Sourcing experience with direct ownership of spend categories.
  • Tooling focused degree(s) and certification(s). 


  • Up to 15% (possibly international) travel to suppliers or internal product sites will be required.

GE Appliances is a trust-based organization. It is important we offer our employees the flexibility they need to do their best work while balancing the needs of the business and individuals. When you join GEA, you will have the opportunity to work with your leader to create a flexible work arrangement that balances the needs of the individual, team, and organization.

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.




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