Appvion, Inc.

  • Strategic Sourcing Specialist

    Location US-WI-Appleton
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  • Expected Results

    • Develop, lead, manage, and implement strategic sourcing initiatives for material spend with a focus on driving savings and supporting new product development
    • Develop and lead a negotiated commodity strategy that encompasses the commodity segment and is applied across the enterprise
    • Establish effective relationships with key business partners to effectively integrate strategic sourcing into business strategy and purchasing decisions

    Supporting Activities

    • Utilize perspective to develop multiple strategies to complex situations and play out scenarios to select the most effective solution
    • Develop sourcing alternatives to take advantage of market opportunities or to mitigate risk
    • Articulate visions of possibilities and likelihoods while anticipating future trends accurately
    • Navigate and negotiate with various cultures and levels within the organization to get things done
    • Anticipate potential problems or areas of conflict across value streams and the organization, and involve appropriate resources to discuss and resolve
    • Utilize appropriate resources inside and outside of the organization to determine solution, considering all possible options
    • Review and assess current supplier contractual terms and conditions while working closely with Business Unit(s), Legal, and Finance groups to achieve joint objectives
    • Develop cost models to drive supplier innovation in line with business needs
    • Discover, develop, and implement sourcing solutions to create value
    • Lead moderately sized cross-functional teams, demonstrating ability to coach and achieve results through others
    • Routinely mentor less experienced personnel to solve problems using both experience and knowledge of structured problem solving methods 

    Required Prior Accomplishments - Experience - Skills

    • Bachelor’s Degree in supply chain management, technical or engineering
    • 5+ years experience with commercial business exposure
    • Experience in sourcing to support a growth business with significant new product development
    • Experience managing contracts with vendors and suppliers including complex long-term contracts, short-term transactional agreements and consulting projects
    • Demonstrated ability to undertake market research and complete comprehensive analysis using a broad range of inputs
    • Ability to recognize and identify interaction of complex problems as an opportunity, while keeping the business impact and risks in mind
    • Knowledge of markets and macro economic factors that influence commodity strategies
    • Ability to use conflict as an opportunity to make a relationship stronger
    • Global perspective and broad visionary acumen
    • Ability to identify opportunities for synergy and integration where others cannot
    • Proven track record with successful high value-added projects
    • Ability to independently drive change
    • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office applications


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