Global Supplier Manager
Niles, IL 
Posted 19 days ago
Job Description


Strategic sourcing professionals, have you been living in 2020 for the last 3 years? Are you tired of chasing parts? Woodward's Strategic Supply chain is too.

Are you ready to make your mark? If you're a Strategic supply chain professional, we have an exciting opportunity for you. This position is responsible for category sourcing performance for Woodward at an enterprise level. Performance is measured by strategic initiative achievement.Those initiatives include supplier and category strategy, commercial management, and supply base consolidation. It includes all aspects of commercial and contractual management of the assigned suppliers. The 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.

Woodward is a leader in the Aerospace and Industrial markets. With over 150 years of company history, we Deliver Solutions that Change the World! At the same time, we are "Always Innovating for a Better Future".

Woodward supports our members' wellbeing and regularly benchmarks with other companies in our industry to offer an extensive Total Reward package for this position. Salary will be determined by the applicant's education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data.

  • All members included in annual cash bonus opportunity
  • 9.5% annual retirement benefit opportunity
  • Tuition reimbursement and Training/Professional Development opportunities for all members
  • 11 paid holidays, including floating holidays
  • Industry leading medical, dental, and vision Insurance
  • Vacation / Sick Time / Vacation Buy-up / Short Term Disability / Bereavement leave
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Employee Assistance Program, including mental health benefits
  • Member Life & AD&D / Long Term Disability / Member Optional Life
  • Member referral bonus
  • Spouse / Child Optional Life / Optional AD&D / Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending
  • Voluntary benefits, including:
  • Home / Auto Insurance discounts
  • Whole Life Insurance / Critical Illness Insurance / Legal Assistance / Military Leave

What's In It For You

At Woodward, our "employees" are called and treated as "members" and we've created a culture that appreciates and values the contributions of every member. It's an inclusive, positive, collaborative, and socially responsible environment where members work together for outstanding outcomes.

What you will be doing

  • Strategy Development (supply base/market knowledge, business integration, deployment planning, internal alignment, global awareness): Development of supplier level strategies or simple/medium sub-commodity strategies with oversite and review. Ability to understand complex commodity strategies and discern application to own work and strategies (flow-down), demonstrated ability to engage, align and gain support for developed strategies and demonstrated ability to analyze and understand assigned sub-commodity(s) based upon known data relating to industry and market (capacity, raw materials, trends, existing suppliers, etc.)
  • Analytics: Apply basic interpretation of data to propose appropriate actions
  • Contract Management/Negotiation (type, development, execution, implementation, and process)
  • Supplier Relationship Management (commercial management, internal coordination and alignment): Relationship management at a 1-1 or 1-few complexities with relationships managed at similar or slightly higher level within supplier (level by responsibility, not title)


What We Are Looking For

  • Technical Knowledge: Ability to understand process technology within assigned supply base
  • Category Understanding in one or multiple areas:
    • Machining/Fabrication technologies
    • Castings/Forgings/Additive/Metal Injection Molding
    • Engineered Components - Sensors, Motors, Solenoid Valves, Bearings, Seals, etc.
    • Electronics - PCBA, Wiring harness, capacitors, resistors, etc.
  • Intellectual Curiosity - demonstrated identification of problems and digging in to understand, then addressing
  • Project Management: Ability to maintain/upkeep of basic project management tools
  • Written and Verbal Communication Skills: Ability to effectively communicate in both written and verbal forms to convey information, data and decision
  • Cultural Awareness: Cultural awareness capable of avoiding or creating misunderstandings or confusion
  • Strategic Thinking: Ability to understand existing strategies
  • Interpersonal Skills: Easy to communicate with, demonstrated listening skills
  • Data Analysis: Conform with data analysis and manipulation
  • Leadership Skills: Basic leadership skills - ability to influence others to achieve results
  • Business Acumen: Basic 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 desire to learn and grow within role
  • Metrics/Results Driven: Ability to bias action toward known goals
  • Supplier Quality System: Basic understanding of PPAP process and elements
  • Problem Solving/Ambiguity: Ability to execute actions that are defined well


Level One-Three:

  • 4-year bachelor's degree is required, advanced business degree preferred


Level One and Two:

  • 2-5 years purchasing experience required
  • CPSM, CPI, PMP, etc. preferred

Level Three:

  • 5-10 years Strategic Sourcing experience required
  • CPSM, CPI, PMP, etc. preferred

This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR and EAR or possess all required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State Department and the U.S. Department of Commerce. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e., 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.

Woodward is an Equal Opportunity Employer

EO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Protected Veterans

Job Supply Chain
Primary Location United States-Illinois-Niles
Organization Woodward
Shift 1st Shift / Day Job


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
1 to 2 years
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