Commodity Manager


  • Negotiate supply agreements/contracts for multiple (direct material) commodities on behalf of GW Lisk.
  • Subject matter knowledge and experience in negotiating for but not limited to Hardware, Wire, and Electronic Components.
  • Work with key business partners and senior leadership to gain a solid understanding of strategic direction and supply requirements, corporate business objectives and priorities to develop global or regional category specific supply strategies. Provide market and industry intelligence to help inform and shape strategy.
  • Build business relationship and own the partnering relationship with the relevant stakeholders of the relevant categories and the related supply base.
  • Lead supplier selection processes in alignment with business partners and negotiate contracts.
  • Marketplace benchmarking for best practices and pricing.
  • Initiate, lead and participate in cross-functional teams in procurement and general projects as well as pro-actively managing and supporting other team members in their tasks and activities.
  • Continuous learning and development of category knowledge and methodologies driving innovation and continuous improvement within the targeted categories.
  • Supplier Performance Management: Standardization, Supply Chain Simplification, Cost Savings, Cost Avoidance.
  • Manage contracts and suppliers within the targeted categories through supplier scorecards, periodic business reviews: active monitoring of supplier performance and risk, measuring contract compliance and other key metrics to ensure targets are being met and value is being delivered to the business under the supply agreements.
  • Manage internal and external stakeholder engagements for efforts and program implementations, effectively delegating activities and tasks to drive process and schedule to completion. Provide periodic status updates, reports on progress and expected results to business area leadership.
  • Solve complex problems important to the success of the organization and able to draw on experience to successfully negotiate lowest/best price.
  • Work in self-managed team environment with minimal direct supervision.
  • Leadership, interpersonal skills and teamwork.
  • Commodity/item knowledge, in terms of GW Lisk application and the external marketplace.
  • Sensitivity to different cultures and global county practices.


  • BS in Engineering or Business required.
  • MBA or other relevant certification (CPSM, Six Sigma, etc.) strongly preferred.
  • Over 5 years of strong experience in a Worldwide Purchasing organization. Experience with strategic sourcing, procurement best practices, supplier management best practices.
  • Experience in procurement of direct materials.
  • Experience in, and the ability to interact credibly with internal management and clients.
  • Demonstrated leadership and team skills (ability to build and maintain cross-functional relationships based on win-win goals and objectives).
  • Ability to develop and integrate purchasing strategies with internal client objectives.
  • Strategic focus; ability to analyze, formulate and implement procurement strategies to improve value.
  • Negotiations skills and knowledge of how to structure and conduct eAuctions.
  • Knowledge/experience in writing/negotiating supply agreements, contracts, and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written to provide effective and timely communications with/to a variety of GW Lisk and supplier personnel.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Demonstrated effective personal computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, E-Mail and Internet.
  • Strong financial and business skills
  • Innovative and results oriented.
  • High degree of professional and ethical behavior.

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