Global Supplier Manager

Position Purpose:
Management of global supply base to maximize performance and leverage to positively impact financial performance of all Woodward business groups. Includes all aspects of commercial and contractual management of the assigned suppliers. Key focus is the selection and development of the supply base to match Woodward's future needs, but also includes support of the business group based purchasing functions in the areas of strategic alignment and critical issue escalation.
Essential Functions:
Strategy Development (supply base/market knowledge, business integration, deployment planning, internal alignment, global awareness)
Development of complex sub-commodity strategies with limited oversight - significant contribution to commodity level strategy development
Ability to understand and apply impact of business level strategies
Cooperative development of strategies with balance of enterprise and supplier(s)
Understanding of more advanced market influences (forecast of indices, labor, geopolitical, emerging markets, etc.) with integration into strategies
Demonstrated ability to develop supplier strategies aimed at the development of a long-term viable supply base - maximize sustainable value of supplier to WW results
Strategy Deployment (project management, metrics goals, escalations - charter, etc.)
Demonstrated ability o manage medium/complex projects containing unknowns and risks requiring quick adjustment to planning and activity to ensure goals are not compromised.
Supplier Relationship Management (commercial management, internal coordination and alignment)
Relationship management at significantly high level with supplier, including executive level with oversight
Strategic relationship (risk sharing, contractual creativity, etc.)
Analytics (Business Objects and external sources)
Development and deployment of appropriate actions based upon data
Basic interpretation of external data to influence decisions
Business Systems
Ability to find root cause through use of non-purchasing WISE application
Mentoring for Level 1 supplier managers on tools and applications
Contract Mgmt/Negotiation (type, development, execution, implementation and process)
Ability to develop non-standard agreements with oversite
Demonstrated ability to apply appropriate type of agreement to conditions
Development of negotiation strategies for simple and medium complexity contracts
Participation on complex negotiation teams and lead on medium complexity negotiations
Compliance
Insight into regulatory compliance as it applies to projects and activities - incorporating activities to ensure regulatory compliance
Demonstrated understanding of intent of Global Sourcingstandardized processes to ensure desired results
Other Functions:
CI Process Development
Lead defined continuous improvement efforts - Global Sourcing oriented
Operate within Global Matrixed Structure
Effectively lead global/remote teams
Ability to discern roles/responsibilities in various organizational structures
Materials and Equipment Used:
MS Office Software
Basic Office equipment (copier, printer, fax, etc.)
Working Environment / Physical Activities:
Domestic and international travel required
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
Technical Knowledge
Understanding of technologies within one or more sub-commodities with ability to contribute with technical experts
Project Management
Ability to facilitate development of effective project schedules
Written and Verbal Communication Skills
Ability to effectively communicate at the enterprise level
Cultural Awareness
Awareness capable of meeting multi-cultural groups within their cultural landscape
Strategic Thinking
Ability to effectively drive planning and thinking around a future state
Six Sigma/Lean
Planning includes appropriate emphasis on improvements in Six Sigma and Lean implementation
Interpersonal Skills
Ability to diffuse difficult communication to drive solutions
Data Analysis Skills
Ability to transform data to logical solutions
Leadership Skills
Ability to lead groups (internal and external) through difficult situations - drive consensus where possible maximizing support
Business Accumen
Knowledge of impact of activities on P&L
Time Management
Able to handle multiple tasks and priorities without compromising results
Professional Learning and Growth
Demonstrates ability to learn from within the organization as well as from industry resources
Metrics/Results Driven
Ability to develop plans and strategies to ensure achievement of goals and objectives
Supplier Quality System
Ability to guide others in the development of PPAP and execution of WPQR 9100
Strong participation in supplier assessment processes
Problem Solving/Ambiguity
Ability to execute actions that are not clearly defined and rive appropriate actions for known risks
Education or Formal Training:
4 year bachelor degree is required, advanced business degree preferred, purchasing (CPM, CPI, APICS, etc.) and project management certifications preferred
Experience Required:
3-5 years purchasing experience
Woodward is an independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control solutions for the aerospace and energy markets. Our aerospace systems and components optimize the performance of fixed wing and rotorcraft platforms in commercial, business and military aircraft, ground vehicles and other equipment. Our energy-related systems and components enhance the performance of industrial gas and steam turbines, reciprocating engines, compressors, wind turbines, electrical grids and other energy-related industrial equipment. The company's innovative fluid energy, combustion control, electrical energy, and motion control systems help customers offer cleaner, more reliable and more efficient equipment. Our customers include leading original equipment manufacturers and end users of their products.
Woodward is an Equal Opportunity Employer
EO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Protected Veterans

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