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Sourcing Manager- Advanced Sourcing - 18682BR - A1D50

Benton Harbor, MI, United States

Posted: 26-Oct-2015

Ref#: 1147450


About Whirlpool Corporation

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world, with approximately $20 billion in annual sales, 100,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers throughout the world in 2014. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in more than 170 countries. We earn the trust of consumers in nearly every country by focusing on what matter most. Because of our leadership practices, development opportunities, business performance, strong reputation and a commitment to the communities where we live and work, Whirlpool Corporation has received many awards including - Fortune Magazine's Top Companies for Leaders, one of the world's Most Admired Companies, Fast Company's Top 50 Most Innovative Companies and we've had a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for over 11 years in a row.

This position is located at our global headquarters in Saint Joseph and Benton Harbor, Michigan - a breathtaking vacation community on 40 miles of Lake Michigan beachfront, where swimming, sailing, kayaking, waterskiing, boating, and beach volleyball are abundant. The company is host to a variety of employee resource groups, including a Young Professionals Network – a group of more than 700 local members who are active in corporate social responsibility commitments like Habitat for Humanity, Cook for the Cure, United Way, Boys and Girls Club, and other social activities. A quick 90-minute drive from Chicago, Southwest Michigan is also home to a new Jack Nicklaus signature golf course called Harbor Shores, 17 other public golf courses, nearly 20 wineries, two art districts, many seasonal festivals, outdoor concerts and events all year long. Join us in making the most of moments that matter. Additional information about our company can be found at Follow us on LinkedIn or join the conversation @whirlpoolcorp on Twitter.

Currently, we are seeking qualified candidates for a Sourcing Manager - Advanced Sourcing opening to join our Global Strategic Sourcing organization.

Day to Day

Your role is to interact with the Advanced Development Team, understand their needs, identify technology vs. supply base gaps and work with commodity/quality to close the gap and be ready for technology introduction. You will lead a team of project managers who will coordinate the GSS activities of the Advanced Development GSS Domain Owners for all active Advanced Development Projects cross-Product Category and Globally. You would be providing inputs to develop long term (3~5 years) supplier roadmaps and facilitate supplier technology interaction for partnerships. Your other touch points would be with the product management team for smooth transition of the knowledge created in the development phase to the execution phase. In this role you will also represent GSS Innovation and will actively seek out and identify strategic supplier innovations and product roadmaps to achieve Whirlpool Product Leadership.

What You Will Do

Work with the Engineering and Technology team to support Advanced Development toll gate reviews and ensure sourcing deliverables are met.
Assist in the negotiation of development agreements with potential partners--work closely with process partners in Engineering &Technology, legal and commodity to obtain alignment on development agreement objectives.
Reporting and tracking of Advanced development projects
Work closely with commodity organization on long term supplier roadmap--3~5 years
Support key technology development and ensure that sourcing process is embedded
Lead your team to identify, develop and execute projects for their assigned category space, understanding the financial impact of the activity and the overall impact on Whirlpool financials
Develop and maintain systems related to supplier performance in addition to key relationships with internal customers (Supplier relationship management)
Evaluate suppliers based on price, quality, delivery and analyze price proposals, financial reports and other information to determine competitive prices and viable suppliers
Actively engage in personal development as well as support / coach development of other team members to ensure overall team success

What You Need to Succeed

5 to 8 years of procurement/ Engineering experience

Bachelor's Degree in supply chain, procurement, engineering and/or related field.

Detail oriented but also able to see the "big picture"

Enjoys challenges/has an "analytical mind" - need to be willing to roll-up your sleeves and dig in to understand the drivers and problem solve

Proactive/driver of change - someone passionate about finding ways to improve and transform processes and communications

Team focused - enjoys working on teams cross-functionally and proactively looks for opportunities to help others

Exceptional written and interpersonal communication skills

Excellent time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and tight deadlines

Endless Opportunities

Whirlpool has big plans for the future, just like you. We understand that it takes preparation and hard work to get there. So, we offer challenging purpose, ownership of your role, great teams, and tools to build your capability. In our performance-based setting, you can take your career in exciting new directions - and as far as you want to go.

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