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Strategic Sourcing Specialist - Des Plaines, IL

Post Date: 08/03/2022

Req. Number: 96740

City: Des Plaines

State: Illinois

Zip Code: 60016


Goodwill TalentBridge, a full service staffing and recruitment firm, is part of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago, the largest of the 165 Goodwill territories in North America. With more than 90 years of experience in Workforce Development and job training, Goodwill is helping thousands of people find work in the communities we serve, including 13 counties in Wisconsin and 10 counties in Illinois.

Goodwill TalentBridge along with our client is currently recruiting for a Strategic Sourcing Specialist to work in the Des Plaines, IL area.                          

Position Summary:

The Strategic Sourcing Specialist will report to the North America Sourcing & Procurement Manager and will be responsible for coordinating sourcing activities for multiple locations and business units including:  Des Plaines, IL, New Berlin, WI, and Juarez, MX. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Supplier Management / Consolidation
    • Negotiations –negotiate contracts and monitor their progress, checking the quality of service provided; contracts should be standardized in conditions for the whole region.
    • Identifies strategic partners and delivers improved products and lower costs to the organization through supplier management, strategic sourcing, commodity management, and total cost principles.
    • Implements simplification strategy.
    • Manages risk mitigation (cost, price and/or supply).
    • Prepares development plans and uses performance management tools.
    • Partner with Quality to drive continuous improvement.


  • Sourcing Strategy Development / Execution of Targeted Savings Opportunities
    • Design and implement strategies to rationalize the supply base and leverage entire regional organization`s spend.
    • Develop sourcing strategies based on rigorous analysis of spend data, supply market dynamics, category intelligence, and business requirements to ensure supply base optimization and improvement to cost, quality and service.
    • Coordinates and supports all sourcing related activities and regional commitments including the review, negotiation, and acquisition of the targeted spend categories.
    • Share best practices across the organization.


  • Sourcing Analytics + Reporting

o Information Resource – Must provide stakeholders with relevant and timely market trends and analyses such as commodity and currency trends. 

o Forecasts price trends and their impact on future activities.


  • NPI / Supplier Selection
    • Selects suppliers who are aligned with business standards to ascertain the best products in terms of best value, delivery schedules and quality.
    • Supports new product development from the concept stage.
    • Analyzes quotes and negotiates prices & delivery conditions with suppliers.




Position Skills and Experience Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of work experience in sourcing, procurement, or supply chain role, or working with direct materials in a sales, engineering or operations capacity using advanced quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent time management, prioritization and project management skills.
  • Communication Skills – Exceptionally strong written and oral communication skills are a must.  Ability to present to senior management, build relationships and become an influencer in major strategic decisions are critical to this position.
  • Strong negotiation skills are essential in this role. 
  • Technical Skills – A thorough understanding of manufacturing practices and the ability to understand product specifications and features are essential for success in this position.
  • Analytical Skills – Enjoy gathering and digging deeply into data to identify issues and produce creative, effective solutions, and understands market dynamics and business requirements.
  • Understands category buying & management process to identify improvement opportunities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work across different business units.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and staff to create a results driven, team-oriented environment.
  • Uses personal influence skills rather than position power to persuade others and gain support.
  • Good command of English, both written and oral for effective communication with other company units and business leaders.
  • Sense of urgency and comfort working in a fast-paced environment with a variety of simultaneous projects.
  • Ability to perform analysis and interpret data into actionable steps.
  • Ability to think strategically and use quantitative and qualitative data to create strategies that move company forward.


Protective Equipment Required:

Safety glasses and other protective devices as needed.

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