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Sourcing Specialist


New Bremen, OH, US, 45869

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.


Job Responsibilities:


  • Review pre-developed category strategies and collaborate with peers to ensure Purchasing activities are in accordance with plans.  For Regional or local spend categories assist in developing the strategy.  Conduct supplier approval, improvement, elimination, and/or exit tasks. Assist with new product introductions, phase in/out of components, changes, and following tasks through to successful completion without interruption of supply or compromises to product quality. 
  • Manage and administer relationships with assigned suppliers in accordance with policies and procedures. Monitor supplier production delivery, quality, and warranty performance. Recommend issuance of corrective action requests (CAR’s) as appropriate 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. Visit supplier facilities with the appropriate cross functional support to evaluate and problem solve. Feedback information and knowledge into category strategies and plans.
  • Review annual spends with the Purchasing Analyst, Subsidiary and Branch Purchasing personnel and a Commodity/Category 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. Develop detailed business and qualification requirements for incorporation into formal requests for quote (RFQ). Utilize the Bid Control Center and a Sealed Bid process.
  • Keep up to date supplier information in the approved supplier list (ASL) and other systems. Conduct business in compliance with the Company quality management system (QMS) inclusive of all Purchasing specific policies and procedures. Work with Quality, Inspection, Service, Manufacturing, Engineering and the Suppliers to eradicate existing part problems and supply risks long term. Identify and ensure adequate resources and focus is applied to supplier development needs. 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 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. Obtain results within the boundaries of fair and ethical business practices. Keep current complete and accurate pricing data in the Company system. Eradicate invoice problems, ensure all discrepancies are corrected in a timely manner and that true root cause has been corrected. Provide written cause and actions for top un forecast supplier price variances.
  • Execute and administer Supply Chain Integration for assigned suppliers. Ensure optimal replenishment strategies are in place for each purchased item. Ensure smooth implementation and follow through to achieve increased turns, flexibility and reduced inventory.
  • Attend department, staff and management meetings. Initiate and lead meetings to discuss supplier performance and part qualification status. Prepare periodic reports as needed to inform management of supplier status. Attend Supply Management related continuing education classes/seminars.  Perform other duties as assigned.




  • A four-year college degree, preferably in Business or Engineering with an emphasis in Supply Management or Operations, with one internship or similar experience in Materials, Supply Management, or Operations.
  • Interpersonal, teamwork and negotiation aptitude required.
  • 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: Lima
Nearest Secondary Market: Findlay

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