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Strategic Sourcing Manager - Packaging

Company Name:
Corning
Company Description:
Corning is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, creating and manufacturing keystone components that enable high-technology systems.
Cornings history is filled with breakthrough technologies that have played an important role in the way the world works. We thrive on solving difficult, commercially relevant problems through an innovative and collaborative research and development process. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, and a distinctive collaborative culture.
Scope of Position:
The role will develop and drive procurement strategies around various professional services categories, will look for opportunities to rationalize our supply base, and bring cost-effective procurement to the businesses by centralizing the strategic sourcing element of this activity
The role will work closely with a wide internal Customers base as well as other Functional Corporate Centers of Excellence in order to identify business and functional customers priorities and closely align with business / functional strategies. In many cases these activities will be performed as part of a cross-functional team but the incumbent will lead the process and be responsible for implementing solutions.
A strong emphasis is placed on doing things differently, and innovative ideas and use of new technology are encouraged to compliment the more traditional ways of purchasing
Negotiate and write contracts, NDAs, RFPs and RFQs
Supplier Relationship Management responsibilities for assigned suppliers
Issue resolution as elevated / needed
Become a Subject Matter Expert for Packaging
Outgoing / strong interpersonal skills for developing solid relationships with suppliers and internal customers
Strong communication skills: can communicate across all levels of the organization globally
Independent, self-directed, highly motivated, able to multi-task and balance frequent changes in direction or strategy
Persuasive, strong negotiation skills
Innovative contracting in volatile markets to assure competitive pricing models
Strong data analysis skills / Global Strategy Development Technical background
Prefer packaging material engineering background or experience
Day to Day Responsibilities:
Develop and execute Packaging Strategies for supply assurance, IP protection, risk mitigation and technical advantage for assigned materials
Research and communicate with the business, supplier and global market conditions and make sourcing strategy recommendations
Identify lower cost opportunities working with technical and engineering communities both in supply and material selection to reduce costs through supplier, material and utilization efforts
Identify, lead and communicate cost reduction opportunities across multiple plants and businesses
Challenges specifications, materials and processes
Develops and / or assists with Strategic Sourcing plans / strategies an objectives (short & long term) based on forecasts of future demand and taking into account economic and currency trends and conditions that affect GSM, the business, and the global commodity sourced
Works with the Business Managers, Global Strategic Sourcing Managers, and Buyers on assigned global commodities to prepare and solicit competitive bids, quotations, and proposals with pertinent specifications, terms and conditions
Develops and reviews specifications, statements of work, performance terms and accept / reject criteria
Conducts negotiations with potential and / or current major suppliers to obtain maximum value
Leads the development and communication of global supply intelligence for assigned commodities (i.e. Market intelligence, cost modeling, low cost sourcing activities, consortiums, etc.)
Develop, maintain and execute Shared Objectives and Service Level Agreements
Champions and advocates for the Global Buying Policy, Ensure compliance
Communicates with team members globally
Develops and cultivates effective relationships with suppliers and owns the Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) process for packaging
Travel Requirements:
20% - travel commitment, this could include travel to Europe and Asia along with the necessary domestic travel
Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:
As the job requires which may exceed 40 hours a week with travel
Required Education:
BS in Engineering or Technical field
Required Years and Area of Experience:
5-7 years of procurement experience. Packaging engineering background or experience in packaging is highly desired.
Required Skills:
Strong communication skills, both written and oral
Engaging and capable of building strong internal customer, internal procurement and external supplier relationships
Customer focused
Self-motivated, takes initiative
Ability to multi-task, manage many changing priorities and be flexible
Problem solving, root cause identification and follow through to permanent solutions
Global negotiation skills
Global commodity strategy development and business alignment
Good listening skills / Attention to details
Strong data analysis skills
Procurement background (strategic sourcing) with experience in Packaging area
Excellent cross-cultural and communication skills
Strong negotiation skills
Strong analytical and evaluation skills
Ethical and acts with integrity
Experience across multiple businesses, division and / or technologies
Worked in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, highly matrixed environment
Strong contracting skills
Desired Skills:
Industry knowledge - strong market, technical and procurement background sourcing raw materials
Innovative contracting in volatile markets to assure competitive pricing models
Having a technical / engineering background or experience
Prefer packaging material engineering background or experience
Prefer experience with glass, plastic and / or ceramics manufacturing
Strong data analysis Project Management skills
Experience in other direct material categories or logistics equipment
Familiarity with the use of e-auctions
Experience working in a matrix environment or on a cross-functional team
Supplier Relationship Management
Soft Skills:
Capable of working independently but knows when to ask questions for guidance
Works effectively in teams
Can communicate with all levels of the organization globally
Process-oriented
Self-motivated and driven
Excellent oral communication and persuasive skills
Able to work without direct supervision but as member of a team
Ability to simplify and organize complex situations
Focused on results
Ethical and acts with integrity
Ability to establish positive relationships with suppliers and internal customers
Apply online at:
https://careers.corning.com/psp/PDPAHRPRER/CNG_MYCAREER_SITE/PDGLHRPRER/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&JobOpeningId=176315&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1

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