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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:


  • Strategic Sourcing Plans (Category Strategies) Implementation - Review pre-developed category strategies and collaborate with peers to ensure Purchasing activities and projects are in accordance with plans.  Collaborate in developing the strategies for regional or local spend categories.  Conduct supplier approval, improvement actions, onboarding and elimination tasks. Assist with new product introductions, phase in/out of components, product changes, and following tasks through to successful completion without interruption of supply or compromises to product quality.   Provide clear and concise communications via all methods to stakeholders and suppliers.
  • Existing Supplier Relationship and Associated Risk Mitigation - Maintain and monitor 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. Conduct annual Supplier Risk reviews, identify and execute countermeasures to mitigate supply chain disruptions. Act with a high sense of urgency in correcting supply interruption occurrences. Visit supplier facilities with the appropriate cross functional support to evaluate and lead selection process and ensure trip reports and actions are completed. Feedback information and knowledge into category strategies and plans. 
  • Price Controls, Cost Savings Projects and Request for Quotations Review - 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 Complete annual price standard reviews, price variance calculations, and manage price changes per the Purchasing ISO control procedures.  Ensure cost savings and cost avoidance on 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.
  • Materials, Components, Processes, Assemblies & Equipment Development and Qualification - Keep up and ensure accuracy of 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 Crown Production Part Approval System (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. Submit 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.
  • Prices, Terms, Statements of Work, Technical Requirements and Contract Negotiations - 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. 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.
  • Replenishment Strategies Implementation - Implement enablement of the company’s e-procurement solution (Ariba Supply Chain Integration and Buying and Invoicing) 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.  Train and coach internal users for optimal use of e-procurement solution, supplier selection and purchase strategy compliance.
  • Miscellaneous - Attend department, staff and management meetings. Initiate and lead meetings to discuss supplier performance and part qualification status. Prepare periodic reports to inform management of supplier status. Attend Supply Management related continuing education classes/seminars. Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualification:


  • 2-4 years related experience
  • Bachelor’s degree (Business, Supply Chain or Engineering)
  • Frequent travel (6-20%) & Occasional overnight stays (0-5%)


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Interpersonal, teamwork and negotiation aptitude skills.
  • Proficient computer skills. Manufacturing Engineering or other technical experience. 
  • CPSM and APICS training are also preferred.



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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