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Strategic Buyers


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STS Technical Services

STS Technical Services is hiring Strategic Buyers in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

Job Summary:

The Strategic Buyer role manages mid to high level purchasing projects and ensures completion of sourcing activities related to any regional projects and global projects. This role also independently develops, implements and drives Commodity/Sub Commodity as well as Supplier Strategies. The Strategic Buyer is responsible for the commercial performance of the assigned commodity including new and existing products/part numbers.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Responsible for the execution of purchasing activities related to the Plant and Projects (Savings, Development) for all parts within assigned commodity and suppliers, including but not limited to:

  • RFQ’s, Price Negotiations, Price changes, Savings Projects, ECN’s
  • Participation target price settings
  • Point of escalation for Planning/Scheduling in regards to capacity issue during series production (see escalation model)
  • Considers inventory level and collaborate with Planning/Scheduling for appropriate commercial solutions
  • Verification of quotes related to technical and commercial aspects, negotiation of final pricing and the preparation of quote comparison/summary and presentation of sourcing proposals to the SNC (Supplier Nomination Committee)
  • Issue PO’s for pre-production demand and tooling

 Responsible for the development and execution of a global Commodity Strategy including but not limited to:

  • Selection of strategic suppliers and communication to Regional Teams
  • Risk analysis related to supplier and overall strategy (e.g. financial, geo-political, capacity, etc.)
  • Analysis of purchase volumes within commodity under consideration for Cost and Supplier Reductions, Synergies within or across commodities
  • Contract and price negotiations considering longer term engagements
  • Achieve best in class cost for material within commodity considering technical, quality and logistic requirements
  • Understand current and future technologies and productions methods and communicates drive communication internally/externally
  • Supply Chain Development to support regional and global requirements for existing and future WN plants
  • Develop market overview related to commodity, supplier and competition
  • Realization of cost-savings opportunities in collaboration with the regional teams
  • Ensure adequate capacity at the selected supplier and be point of escalation for capacity issues during series production
  • Execute contract management, negotiates all commercial related contracts (eg. Long Term Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Quality Agreements, etc.)
  • Use of Total Cost of Ownership Models for Series production material and secure cost reductions within Commodity
  • Execute price negotiations and ensure price coverage for production materials
  • Requests should cost calculations from CPQ-6 and collaborates on the development of should cost models
  • Implements standard terms for assigned suppliers based on Corporate direction
  • Generation of the Cost Savings Ideas and reporting


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Production/Operations Management or related business program is required.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in a supply chain role within a manufacturing environment is required, Five (5) years of experience is preferred.
  • Experience with ERP system within and manufacturing environment and an understanding of the planning and execution process in the system is required.
  • Excellent verbal, written and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated results through negotiation.
  • Strong conflict resolution and problem solving skills.
  • Proficient computer skills including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel up to 25%, including globally on short notice.
  • ISM or APICS certification is required within 2 years of starting this role.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to use a keyboard, calculator, and telephone. Frequent sitting, talking, hearing, and occasionally stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, lift (10 lbs.), and an ability to adjust vision for close vision work. Up to 10% of time spent in manufacturing environments around industrial equipment. Able to travel up to 25% of the time, sometimes internationally. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

About STS Technical Services:

STS Technical Services is a Top 100 Staffing Firm that’s partnered with some of the largest names in the aerospace, manufacturing, defense and industrial industries.

Our professional recruitment teams put talented individuals to work at client locations all over the world, and we have hundreds of exciting career opportunities for you to explore!

If you want to speak to a Recruiting Professional directly, call 1-800-359-4787.

STS Technical Services is an equal opportunity employer.


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