Job TG605: Global Commodity Manager of Metals

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Highlights of Global Commodity Manager of Metals Position

This is an excellent opportunity for an individual looking to join a world class organization on a global level.  This position is responsible for global commodity sourcing strategy development and execution with a strong focus on material cost optimization.  The incumbent will join a dynamic team that is part of an organization with a strong strategic sourcing focus.  This position will lead and develop the metals aspect of the global team, responsible for the global sourcing strategy for mechanical parts – castings, forgings, shafts, fasteners.

Company Information

The company is a world leader in their focus.  With sales of well over 1 billion, they employ over 7,500 people globally.  The success of this company can be seen in its longevity, stability and financial success.  It has well over 100 years of success with customers such as General Motors, Navistar, Cummins, Caterpillar, Pep Boys, Advance Auto Parts and AutoZone.  Their focus is on automotive and heavy duty electrical systems as well as hybrid components and technology.  This includes aftermarket and OEM electrical components and aftermarket power train components for automobiles, light trucks, hybrid propulsion systems, heavy-duty trucks, industrial, construction and agricultural applications, and other heavy-duty applications.  Their products are worldwide automotive brand names.

Key Responsibilities of Global Commodity Manager of Metals Position

  • Develop and manage global sourcing strategy for mechanical parts (castings, forgings, shafts, fasteners) –drive material cost optimization initiatives through design, competitive leverage, insourcing/outsourcing, process improvements, low cost country potential.
  • Build the organization’s competitive position through continuous improvement in cost, supplier value, and quality.
  • Be the primary relationship owner with key suppliers, actively manage all aspects of the supplier relationship.
  • Initiate supplier selection that leads to sourcing decisions with lowest total landed cost, required quality levels with minimum level of risk.
  • Initiate negotiation plans and conduct negotiations in line with agreed upon directions.
  • Enlist supplier involvement in developing joint process improvements/solutions to reduce total material cost.
  • Conduct supplier workshops to benchmark current material costs and provide creative sourcing solutions.
  • Actively seek and introduce new supplier technology and advancement in materials, processes, equipment, etc. which will reduce the overall cost and help build competitive advantage for theorganization.
  • Develop, negotiate, and implement supply agreements based on continuous improvements in all areas of the business.
  • Actively support new product development teams, technical commodity reviews.
  • Interact with Engineering to track new initiatives, programs and new technology.


  • Degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Finance or other analytical discipline is preferred.
  • Commodity management, sourcing experience required (5-8 years minimum).
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks simultaneously required.
  • Demonstrated track record of cost reduction is required.
  • Project management experience is a plus.
  • Negotiation skills, cost modeling experience is required.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills required.

Teldar Group
About the Author:

The Teldar Group is an Executive Search and Recruiting Firm specializing in placing professionals in Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain positions.

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