Strategic Sourcing Category Manager

CoorsTek, Inc. - Golden, CO


Strategic Sourcing Category Manager

Full-time, Contract

It's exciting to work for a company that makes the world measurably better.

We're committed to bringing safety, quality, and customer focus to the business of advanced ceramics manufacturing.

Roles & Responsibilities:

·         Lead all aspects of supplier relationship management with strategic raw materials suppliers - from strategy to operational execution

·         Develop robust partnerships with cross-functional teams

·         Develop and direct annual cost savings programs that directly affect company financials and growth plans and generate progressive year over year cost reductions.

·         Manage end to end commodity cycle from sourcing, supplier qualification, contract negotiation, performance, risk management, business reviews, forecast, planning, reporting, price, quality and lead times

·         Define and implement a best in class directed buy program, ensuring contract manufacturers purchase from preferred raw material providers

·         Develop a comprehensive price repository to develop ‘Should Cost’ models

·         Partner with the Commercial team to develop cost/price analysis and determine appropriate measures to take action with customer pricing

·         Execute RFx - prepare and conduct RFI's/RFQ's and manage suppliers and internal stakeholders through process

·         Develop cost targets for negotiations, negotiation strategy, and develop and negotiate supply agreements.

·         Lead supplier selection process, qualification of alternative sources, supply base rationalization programs and other relevant strategies to optimize the supply base.

·         Active Supplier Relationship Management: Development and measurement of KPI’s, supplier audits, business reviews, improvement plans, new opportunities, awards, terminations, etc. including savings tracking and ongoing communication to management and stakeholders.

·         Act as Liaison for resolving supplier/product related issues on assigned materials/services.

·         Pro-actively conduct market analysis / benchmarking, track industry trends, and emerging technologies

·         Manage supplier communications, including soliciting supplier information, facilitating NDAs, and contract execution

·         Conduct supplier performance assessments as needed; ensure CoorsTek remains a priority customer

·         Effectively and independently manage multiple projects and deadlines

·         Anticipate roadblocks and proactively address issues before they impact business results

·         Quickly learn about our key sourcing requirements, including how our commodity strategy aligns with broader business strategies

·         Implement and manage a rebate program as required

·         Support Sr. Sourcing Manager as needed in strategy development and execution against high-value, high-risk, complex needs by leading data collection, validation, and analysis activities

·         Present project findings to cross-functional teams and senior leaders

·         Support other sourcing initiatives as needed

·         Deliver on cost reduction targets (Collaboration on cost efficiency of supply chain)


Job Requirements:


·         BS/BA in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, Industrial Engineering, Operations Management or related field preferred or equivalent experience. Masters desired



·         5-8 years minimum experience in Strategic Sourcing, Supply Chain Management, Procurement, or Management Consulting

·         Experience in the manufacturing, or Engineered Ceramics industries preferred

·         5-8 years’ experience in project management and experience managing large/complex spend categories in the range of $5M-$30M spend across various raw/direct materials

·         Previous experience in the development and utilization of key sourcing and supply chain management tools and processes required

·         Experience with lean and/or Six Sigma principles and project management preferred

·         Experienced in running supplier improvement workshops

·         Experienced in running supplier improvement workshops

·         Extensive experience managing sourcing projects from start to finish.

·         Proven ability to execute and generate cost reduction improvement.

·         Experience in negotiating pricing, contract terms and conditions including statements of work (SOWs).


Functional/Technical Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Attention to Detail: Completes tasks with a concern for all the details involved; monitors and checks work or information to meet personal quality standards. Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail. Strong attention to detail and comfortable managing with ambiguity in a fast-paced environment

·         Initiative: Identifying what needs to be done & doing it before being asked to or required by the situation. Ability to work independently and be self-motivated must also be demonstrated

·         Organization Skills: Organizes work, sets priorities and determines resource requirements; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes. Must demonstrate strong experience in project management

·         Problem Solving: Identifies problems, determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives and to make recommendations

·         Analytical Skills: Draws conclusions & makes recommendations based on qualitative/quantitative data. Strong analytical and strategic problem-solving capabilities (MS Excel power user)

·         Service Excellence or Responsiveness: Dedicated to delighting customers. Meets and exceeds the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers. Consistently shows a passion for getting things done and meeting commitments to others. Abilities in influencing, problem solving, decision making, and relationship building

·         Drive for Results: Results-oriented, commitment to continuous improvement, with a motivated ‘can-do’ attitude. Demonstrated competence in cost reduction and process improvement

·         Drives the latest thinking and techniques in Supplier Relationship & Quality Management, Supplier Quality Management and other processes

·         Technical/functional competencies: sourcing, negotiating & contract management, supply market analyses, spend analyses, operational excellence, cost management, risk management and supplier management.

·         Relational competencies: envisioning, leadership style, project & program management, change management, process & organizational design, influencing, issue solving, personal relationships and emphatic behavior.

·         Developmental competencies: innovation power, sustainability, continuous improvement, lean and/or agile operations, production capacity and information management.


Position Specific Title and Responsibilities (Optiona l): Position Title

·         Domestic and International travel (30%) required

CoorsTek strives to give all qualified applicants equal opportunity and to make selection decisions on job related factors. Do not provide any information on the application which will indicate your race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected by law or regulation.


If you like working for a company that makes a real difference in the world, you'll enjoy your career with us!

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Inventory Planner


Inventory Planner Associate (entry level)

Interested in space? Do you want to work for a company that will put astronauts on Mars, create 3D printed satellites, launch payloads that learn in orbit, or that develop national defense systems? Space technology connects millions of people around the world and we’re accelerating tomorrow’s breakthroughs to help our customers stay ahead in an ever-changing world. We’re shaping the space technologies of tomorrow, today. At Lockheed Martin Space, we are driven by innovation and integrity. We believe that by applying the highest standards of business ethics and visionary thinking, everything is within our reach – and yours as a Lockheed Martin Space employee. At Space we value your skills, training, and education. Come, join us and experience your future!

We have an exciting entry level inventory planning position at our Littleton, CO facility on the Electronics Manufacturing Center (EMC) Inventory team. As the Inventory Planner/Controller on this team you will be responsible for the control of the stockroom inventory supporting multiple programs across the campus. This position is a service-oriented Inventory Planner role that provides direct support to space programs and manufacturing floors. You will be responsible for processing and monitoring customer demands and inventory planning on program production orders. This is a fast-paced environment that requires working with multiple programs and locations at various levels of production support. It will be critical that you have good verbal and written communication skills to help resolve issues and discrepancies as they arise. You will be responsible for keeping keep supply chain metrics up-to-date and maintain accuracy of the inventory database. This position will be working with the asset specialist team overseeing the kitting of parts and flight hardware and staging for delivery to the production floor and working with flow centers and manufacturing areas in support of their material requirements.

Lockheed Martin Space offers a total compensation package from competitive wages, on-site medical care, 25 three-day weekends, and healthy living incentives just to name a few reasons to join Lockheed Martin Space.
Desired Skills: • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Logistics, or Business Administration

  • Current/Active DoD Secret security clearance
  • Good understanding of Supply Chain metrics
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite – intermediate/strong skills in Microsoft Excel
  • Understanding of SAP, ASRS, and other inventory systems
  • Warehousing/Inventory experience
  • Experience working with union contracts
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills
  • Ability to make applied discretion and judgment to complete assignments of limited scope
  • Be able to multi-task for multiple programs and be able to determine urgency of each request
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to complete assignments requiring judgment and discretion, failure to achieve results may affect schedules and programs
  • Ability to work well in a team environment, as well as on their own with minimal supervision
  • Customer Service oriented as this position serves as the first line of representation
  • Ability to provide daily direction to represented staff
  • Ability to work independently, with occasional supervision


  • Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain, Logistics, or Business Administration from an accredited college with no experience and/or equivalent experience/combined education (in lieu of a degree, candidates with 8 years of directly relevant experience)
  • Familiarity with inventory management software
  • Receiving/Warehousing/Inventory experience
  • Knowledge of shelf-life, hazardous material, and temperature-controlled material
  • Must have strong computer skills to include experience with an automated system designed to manage major business process such as procurement, planning, or supply chain/inventory management
  • Be able to provide reports, requested information, completed special projects, and assignments to management as needed
  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret security clearance
  • Willingness to work occasional overtime, weekends, holidays, or off shifts

Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.
As a leading technology innovation company, Lockheed Martin’s vast team works with partners around the world to bring proven performance to our customers’ toughest challenges. Lockheed Martin has employees based in many states throughout the U.S., and Internationally, with business locations in many nations and territories.

Join us at Lockheed Martin, where we’re engineering a better tomorrow.


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Senior Customer Logistics Specialist

DANONE - Broomfield, CO


Senior Customer Logistics Specialist

USD - Dannon, a subsidiary of Danone, is looking for Senior Customer Logistics Specialist in United States (US) for Broomfield

Danone is a global food company holding top positions in healthy food through its four businesses: Fresh Dairy Products, Early Life Nutrition, Waters, and Medical Nutrition. Its mission, bringing health through food to as many people as possible, embodies commitment to human progress and business success. It gives meaning to the work of our 100,000 Danoners worldwide on an everyday basis.
For passionate people looking for autonomy and exciting career opportunities, Danone truly has something special inside.

The Senior Customer Logistics Specialist is accountable for managing the order to delivery process for large customer accounts specifically, the Tier 1 or Top 30 customer accounts. They are the face of Danone North America to our customers. The Senior Customer Logistics Specialist will proactively lead the resolution of all issues related to customer orders. They collaborate with the Customer and Field Sales to meet service objectives and deliver growth. They are responsible for driving productivity initiatives and delivering cost and service improvements in partnership with Supply Chain and Field Sales. Minimal travel required.


Customer Order & Logistics Management

·         Manages strategic Tier 1 customer accounts, from order receipt to delivery including order fill, transportation planning, on time delivery monitoring, exception management and supporting promotions, seasonal and new item launch management.

·         Customer relationship management – effectively deliver communications on service interruptions and product availability

·         Acts as first point of contact to investigate problems and facilitate issue resolution in order to maximize timely and efficient sales order and invoice processing.

·         Monitors service performance and drives service improvement by analyzing root cause, recommending and implementing improvements to advance service performance.

·         Investigate order/invoice processing problems and facilitates issue resolution


Productivity & Process Improvement

·         Identifies opportunities to innovate, improve service and/or reduce cost. Analyzes opportunities, develops recommendations and implements process improvements that deliver results.

·         Drives cross functional collaboration with Supply Chain, Customer and Field Sales to achieve supply chain efficiencies.

·         Develops and maintains process and procedure documentation.

·         Develops and maintains training content; plans and provides training to new hires.

·         Manage customer scorecards and provide service level reporting to internal and external partners; responsible for maintaining service performance including root cause analysis and managing service to targets

·         Maintains master data supporting the customer order to deliver processes

·         Monitors and manages EDI transaction processing supporting customer order to delivery processes.


Education and Experience:

·         SAP experience preferred

·         Bachelor’s Degree required (3-5 years relevant experience and/or 1-3 years internal experience may be considered in lieu of degree)

·         At least 3 years of progressive Customer Service, Logistics or Supply Chain experience required


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·         Must be able to work well in a self-managed team environment. This includes cooperatively scheduling work, vacation, hours, and team task assignments.

·         Demonstrated experience in Order Fulfillment & Management, Transportation, Pricing Structure and the Credit and Returns process required

·         Demonstrated experience or relevant knowledge in the following areas: SAP, MEI, BW, Forecasting, Planning, Inventory Management preferred

·         Ability to apply a logical, creative and comprehensive approach to problem solving

·         Capacity to comfortably interact with all levels of the business and customers to deliver results in a fast-paced environment

·         Judgment to resolve issues with the appropriate sense of urgency including after standard business hours support

·         Ability to maintain productivity and professionalism while under pressure to meet strict deadlines and balance multiple priorities; Displays attention to detail for both accuracy and content

·         Ability to collaborate cross-functionally to analyze issues, develop corrective actions or continuous improvement process, align stakeholders to implement the change and communicate the outcome

·         Excellent communication skills both written and verbal

·         Intermediate level Microsoft Office skills required

For more information about Danone, its people and its business, please visit We have something special inside, do you?
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The Dannon Company is a US-subsidiary of Danone, a Fortune 500 company and one of the most successful health-focused food companies in the world with leading positions in fresh dairy products, water, baby nutrition and medical nutrition. Danone’s mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible.

Our core values foster individual professional growth. We reward entrepreneurialism and innovation. There truly is something very special inside our company. You can see it reflected in our people, our products and our culture. If you like what you have learned, we encourage you to apply and learn more.

Dannon is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.

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Senior Buyer-Stolle Machinery

Stolle Machinery Company - Centennial, CO


Senior Buyer

Revision Date: 11-15-2013

JOB SUMMARY: Experienced in sourcing, negotiating and purchasing highly complex mechanical components.
Manages the purchase order process from purchase requisition to acceptance into stock. Coordinates the
purchase and delivery of raw materials to machining suppliers. Tracks and monitor the progress of all
open purchase orders to assure on time delivery to meet production schedule. Identifies and executes
cost reduction opportunities.



·         Conduct procurement activities in accordance with all Stolle Machinery policies.

·         Place purchase orders on a timely basis.

·         Select and arrange for the appropriate shipping method and carrier.

·         Confim placed orders with the Supplier.

·         Properly process and document all purchase orders placed in the system.

·         Track and monitor the progress of all open orders.

·         Assure on-time delivery of all purchase orders to meet production schedules.

·         Coordinates the purchase and delivery of raw material castings, forgings, blanks and metals to machining

vendors to support production of end components

·         Provides requested information and prepare required reports regarding component due dates and actions

taken to resolve any delays, scheduling or other issues.

·         Identifies, researches, and negotiates cost and lead time reductions both individually on their own

initiative and as part of a project team.

·         Negotiates with suppliers to expedite or improve delivery dates to meet changes in the production schedule.

·         Primary responsibility for the interface with and management of assigned suppliers.

·         Monitors, analyses and manages stocked part inventory levels, safety stocks and usage volume to minimize

inventory value and make solid purchasing decisions.

·         Resolves and documents any purchase order / invoice discrepancies.

·         Tracks, manages and processes back charges for return to supplier and supplier rework processing of

rejected components.

·         Monitors supplier on-time and quality performance and manages deficient performance as necessary.

·         Other tasks, duties and projects as may be assigned.

Additional responsibilities and duties may be assigned.

Minimal requirements for education, knowledge and experience:
Four year college degree. Engineering or Supply Chain degree preferred.

·         10+ years purchasing experience (10+ years purchasing experience in a mechanical component/machinery

manufacturing environment) in a MRP environment with demonstrated above average purchasing and
negotiating skills.

·         Ability to effectively negotiate price, delivery and terms to meet quality requirements and production

schedule timelines.

·         Sound working knowledge of machining operations, machine tools and equipment, metals, castings and

various other raw materials.

·         Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings, GD&T, engineering specifications and bills of material.

·         Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office and ERP system experience. IFS experience a plus.

·         Good understanding of inventory management techniques including safety stock, carrying costs and obsolescence.

ISM or APICS Certifications preferred

Travel requirement: 10 – 25 %


·         Work schedule generally consists of 40 hours per week.


·         Able to lift 20 lbs.


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Buyer-Lockheed Martin


Procurement Representative / Buyer

As a Buyer in the Procurement organization the successful candidate will play a vital role in supporting all of the exciting Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company programs by executing all aspects of the procurement lifecycle for a wide variety commodities. This position will build upon the candidates existing Supply Chain background / education by exposing them to procurements of ever increasing complexity and responsibility. The ideal candidate for this role is someone who desires a rewarding career in Supply Chain management and who is highly organized, has excellent communication skills and who is a motivated self-starter.

Desired Skills: +Real world Procurement / Purchasing Experience
+Negotiation Skills / experience
+Experience with SAP / ERP / P2P
+Ability to perform as a team player with other Buyers as well as interacting with all levels of management and support personnel
+Ability to maintain objectivity while performing multiple tasks while under pressure to meet customer requirements

'+Bachelors degree from an accredited college with a major (or minor) in Supply Chain Management
+Experience or exposure to supply chain management
+Self-motivated, takes initiative
+Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills
+Excellent verbal and written communication skills
+Demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities
+Ability to analyze a problem and recommend solutions
+Highly proficient with Microsoft Office Suite - specifically Excel
Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.
As a leading technology innovation company, Lockheed Martin’s vast team works with partners around the world to bring proven performance to our customers’ toughest challenges. Lockheed Martin has employees based in many states throughout the U.S., and Internationally, with business locations in many nations and territories.

Join us at Lockheed Martin, where we’re engineering a better tomorrow.


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