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Commodity Buyer - Insulation and Die Cuts - REMOTE

Cleveland, OH, United States  |  Sourcing  |  ID: REQ-12165


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USA, Louisville, KY

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Job Posting Title

Commodity Buyer - Insulation and Die Cuts - REMOTE

The Challenge

Drives the execution of the Insulation and Die Cuts sourcing strategies for GEA refrigeration products and programs. Manages the strategy, total cost and supplier relationships of Insulation and Die Cuts commodities, including managing and understanding the total risk associated with the supply chain. Serves as a subject matter expert in the commodity, including the technology, materials, negotiation, market, and competition. Works in tandem with R&D, marketing, product management, operations and manufacturing specialists who as one team take those ideas and new products from concept to completion.

What you will Do

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Drive Insulation and Die Cuts sourcing strategy and manage all aspects of associated supplier relationships for assigned commodity.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert in the commodity, including the technology, materials, negotiation, market, and competition. 
  • Manage direct supplier relationships in all aspects including commercial and supply chain management, NPI support, root-cause analysis of issues, problem resolution, and improving supplier manufacturing process.
  • Work effectively cross-functionally to develop and execute Sourcing strategies to deliver against material cost take out (MCTO), quality, delivery and cash goals.
  • Utilize request-for-quote (RFQ) tools & systems to manage supplier negotiations and data, to identify and drive project execution within given commodities.
  • Head strategic negotiations and review all agreements prior to execution.
  • Establish supplier risk and head up mitigation efforts.
  • Introduce supplier innovation whenever possible to improve GEA's costs and features.
  • Serve as a liaison between Sourcing, other business functions, and suppliers to ensure team and suppliers are effectively supporting the programs and NPI efforts.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3 years of relevant experience within supply chain, program management, commodity management or in a related role involving negotiating, identifying opportunities, selecting suppliers and/or implementing contracts
  • Solid track record of project leadership and execute with significant and impactful results 
  • Proven project management and execution skills
  • Professional oral/written communication
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and drive change with team members, and at all levels of the organization
  • Exceptional problem solving and collaborative skills to develop and implement business strategies cross-functionally and globally
  • Demonstrated team player with an initiative to win
  • Change agent with excellent facilitative leadership and problem solving skills
  • Must travel into Louisville, KY headquarters once per month (1 day stay) OR once per quarter (3-4 day stay)
  • Up to 10% travel required for domestic and/or international travel to affiliate sites and suppliers.

What you need to Succeed

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Business
  • 2 years of functional Sourcing experience preferred, with purchasing experience specifically in commodity-specific elements (ex. plastic Extrusions and Blow Molded components)
  • Working knowledge of Sourcing Systems and processes
  • Demonstrated understanding of commodity-specific elements (ex. high volume manufacturing of plastic components/resin)
  • Commodity-specific elements (ex. plastic component/resin) New Product Introduction (NPI) experience gained while working in operations, research and development and/or manufacturing
  • Demonstrated Lean experience
  • Six Sigma certification or equivalent


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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