Senior Sourcing Specialist


Greencastle, IN, US, 46135

Company Description:


Crown Equipment Corporation is a leading innovator in world-class forklift and material handling equipment and technology. As one of the world’s largest lift truck manufacturers, we are committed to providing the customer with the safest, most efficient and ergonomic lift truck possible to lower their total cost of ownership.


Primary Responsibilities


  • Perform detailed research and analysis of global commodity purchases, supply bases and other spend data. Develop detailed, comprehensive, long term global commodity strategies aligned with corporate product and manufacturing strategies. Present these strategies in written form to management for approval. Develop/communicate global implementation plans with dates, deliverables and resource requirements. Develop new supplier qualification plans and supplier elimination exit strategies. Manage and execute commodity strategies, new product introductions or phase in/out of components or changes and follow through to successful completion without interruption of supply or compromise to product quality.  
  • Monitor supplier production and warranty parts per million (PPM) performance and the supplier rating system (SRS).  Recommend issuance of corrective action requests (CAR’s) and follow through until acceptable responses with objective evidence are received and validated.  Act with a high sense of urgency in correcting supply interruption occurrences. Select/recommend new suppliers who are capable of meeting or exceeding appropriate performance objectives. 
  • Review annual spends with the Purchasing Analyst, Subsidiary and Branch Purchasing personnel and a Commodity Manager to develop cost savings projects and priorities. Coordinate with other Sourcing Specialists globally to develop detailed analyses and plans for approved cost savings projects. Generate Crown production part approval system (CPPAS), requirements and incorporate them into formal web based request for quotes (RFQ’s). Develop documented requirements and statements of work to ensure completeness of RFQ’s.
  • Develop healthy business relationships with suppliers. Keep up to date supplier information in the approved supplier list (ASL) and Crown 360. Conduct business in compliance with the Crown quality management system (QMS) inclusive of all Purchasing specific policies and procedures. Lead supplier development activities and the review of results. Review drawings, specifications, inspection requirements and qualification documents in an effort to develop a CPPAS. Lead a cross functional team comprised of Quality, Inspection, Service, Manufacturing, Engineering and the Suppliers to follow through and complete a CPPAS on time. Execute product change requests (PCR’s), temporary deviation notices (TDN’s) and engineering orders (EO’s) in a timely manner to support phase in/out effectivity dates and minimize impact on inventory or on time delivery performance.
  • Prepare and plan for all key negotiations with suppliers. Negotiations for Price, Payment Terms, Legal Terms, Statements of Work, Levels of Effort, Costs, Technical Specifications, Logistics, Risk Sharing, Warranty, Services, Letters of Intent, Memorandum’s of Understanding and Contracts are all required activities. Keep current complete and accurate pricing data in Crown 360. Eradicate invoice problems and insure all discrepancies are corrected in a timely manner and that the true root cause has been corrected.
  • Lead the Supply Chain Integration effort. Identify suitable candidate suppliers and obtain approval. Establish cross functional teams, work with Quality, Manufacturing, Service, Accounting, Tactical Purchasing, Engineering and the suppliers to define optimal replenishment strategies for each purchased item.




  • A four year college degree, preferably in Business or Engineering with an emphasis in Supply Management or Operations, with five to eight years of experience in Materials, Supply Management, or Operations.
  • A high level of interpersonal, leadership, teamwork and negotiation skills are required.
  • Blueprint reading and proficient computer skills are necessary for this position.
  • Manufacturing Engineering or other technical experience is desirable.
  • Ability to travel extensively on sourcing trips may be required at certain intervals.


Work Authorization:


Crown will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States. This is not a position for which sponsorship will be provided. Individuals with temporary visas or who need sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

No agency calls please.


Compensation and Benefits:


Crown offers an excellent wage and benefits package for full-time employees including Health/Dental/Vision/Prescription Drug Plan, Flexible Benefits Plan, 401K Retirement Savings Plan, Life and Disability Benefits, Paid Holidays, Paid Vacation, Tuition Reimbursement, and much more.

EO/AA Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled



Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis

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