Commodity Manager

Job Description

Position Overview:

The Commodity Manager (CM) will manage all aspects of the supply base within the assigned commodities. The CM will work with Siemens supplier base to drive savings within the assigned categories. The CM will be capable of managing multiple priorities, deadlines and programs. The successful CM will develop relationships with internal stakeholders and become a valued partner in the sourcing process.

This position is based in the Wendell, NC office and reports to the Head of Procurement of Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Distribution Systems business unit. This position is an individual contributor.


Assigned Commodity: Managed commodities for cost improvement is steel sheet metal & machined parts, aligned with corporate procurement strategies.

Supplier Relationship Management: Manage relationship with suppliers of assigned commodities. Relationship includes negotiating pricing, monitoring performance to agreed terms and conditions, and new vendor on boarding when necessary. Collaborate with key suppliers to expand knowledge of category and identify opportunities for improvements resulting in a joint benefit to the company and supplier. Leverage supplier expertise and/or technology in an effort to harness improvements in reducing total costs. Collaborate with global commodity management while optimizing company-wide buying power by reviewing the financial, quality, pricing, on-time delivery, service, and availability level of suppliers.

Contractual Agreements: Develop and negotiate contractual agreements to provide price protection and supply security in consultation with legal, business and technical functions. Execute requirements per terms of the agreements.

Specification Review: Review project specific product specifications to determine alternate supplier material to introduce enhanced competition. Ability to engage in technical discussions with internal and external partners on assigned commodities. Able to analyze and propose design to cost opportunities and manage through to completion.

Supplier Quality: Engage suppliers in an effort to provide long term solutions to quality issues. Develop and lead quality agreement negotiations. Provide recommendations specific to the category being sourced. Coordinate cross functional and business discussions to drive continuous improvement opportunities throughout the organization. Monitor quality and delivery performance of key suppliers. 

Risk Management: Develop supplier relationships resulting in optimized supply chain efficiencies and security of supply. Evaluate supplier's capabilities and capacities while implementing plans to ensure adequate supply of goods and services. Negotiate agreements with suppliers that mitigate or spread the overall risk.

Early Supplier Involvement: Implementing the procurement aspects of the Siemens Product Lifecycle Process for new product development as needed. Involve the supply base knowledge at an early stage in order to optimize the quality, manufacturability and cost position on new products.

Parts Sourcing & Suppliers Setup: For the parts and material belonging to the assigned commodities, conduct eAuctions, send RFQs, receive and analyze proposals, conduct supplier negotiation, selection, and supplier set-up.

Miscellaneous Responsibilities:

• Create planning tools and management reports in conjunction that provide a more systematic and organized approach to planning the procurement functions. 
• Ensure purchasing database integrity
• Keep current on developments in area of expertise and company purchasing resources, systems, and procedures. 
• Ability to work individually and within a team environment with Product Management, Product Engineering, Operations, Commodity Managers, Buyers, Quality Engineers, Value Engineers, Accounting, Suppliers and other functional departments.

Required Knowledge/Skills, Education and Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years commodity management experience in industrial product business
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to interact with inter and intra departmental personnel, as well as management
  • Strong computer skills including Excel, PowerPoint
  • Successful track record in negotiating with suppliers
  • Demonstrated understanding of entire supply chain and cost drivers
  • Demonstrated commercial and contracting skills
  • Demonstrated data and financial analysis capability
  • Cross functional/organizational project management and facilitation skills (internal and external)
  • Demonstrated self-starter
  • 5% travel required

Preferred Knowledge/Skills, Education and Experience

  • Experience working in SCM suite
  • Experience with working in SAP
  • Engineering Degree
  • Demonstrated knowledge of category management concept or strategic sourcing concepts 
  • Solid continuous improvement skills

* The typical schedule for this position is in office 2-3 days / work from home 2-3 days

At Siemens, we are committed to an ownership culture, in which every employee takes personal responsibility for our company’s success. We utilize lean principles and seek to continually improve our processes and customers’ experience.

Can you see yourself, learning, growing, and succeeding here? If so, we'd like to meet you!

We offer flexible vacation time, a matching 401K plan, profit sharing, full health, life, vision, and dental benefits.


Organization: Smart Infrastructure

Company: Siemens Industry, Inc.

Experience Level: Experienced Professional

Job Type: Full-time

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