Manager, Direct Commodity


Eden Prairie, MN, US

Job ID:  53620
Category:  Manufacturing & Operations

Stratasys is a world leader in 3D printing!


Stratasys is leading the global shift to additive manufacturing with innovative 3D printing solutions for industries such as aerospace, automotive, consumer products and healthcare. Through smart and connected 3D printers, polymer materials, a software ecosystem, and parts on demand, Stratasys solutions deliver competitive advantages at every stage in the product value chain. The world’s leading organizations turn to Stratasys to transform product design, bring agility to manufacturing and supply chains, and improve patient care.


The Manager of Direct Commodities is responsible for directing and guiding the activities of the direct sourcing team by aligning short and longer-term commodity strategies and ensuring alignment with the global team and assigned business units. 

The individual will partner with product development and business unit engineering teams to provide materials and components for company product manufacturing. They will develop systems and procedures for selecting and monitoring vendors and suppliers to ensure their ability to meet engineering and quality standards and that parts and materials received meet requirements in a cost-effective manner.

This position establishes requirements for suppliers to achieve process and quality standards for GMPs.  This position is also responsible for meeting scope, schedule, and cost objectives for NPD (New Product Development) Projects and Programs.


What you will be doing:

  • Monitors parts from acquisition through the manufacturing cycle and communicates and resolves supplier-related problems as they occur
  • Develops and prioritizes an auditing schedule to ensure that designated suppliers are audited on a regular basis to ensure good manufacturing practices and quality standards are met
  • Coordinates purchasing activities with manufacturing, planning and engineering departments to acquire inventory in a cost-effective and timely manner
  • Processes purchase requisitions, purchase change orders, and requests for quotes to suppliers
  • Responsible for procurement business system data input and integrity; creates and maintains bills of material and parts/commodities numbers in supply chain management or other enterprise-wide systems
  • Participates in maximizing the procurement teams' changes, part parameters; quote table maintenance, supplier database information, error report analysis, and part number/supplier code information
  • Performs cost analysis and volume planning for major commodities (e.g., materials, components, equipment and services)
  • Conducts supplier facility surveys of potential critical components providers  
  • Evaluates suppliers’ internal functions to assess their overall performance and provides feedback in assessment of their operation
  • Qualifies suppliers according to company standards and may administer a Certified Supplier Program in receiving inspection to ensure cost-effectiveness
  • Reviews and analyzes purchase requisitions
  • Develops new supply sources where vendors and suppliers are no longer competitive.
  • Will recommend cost-saving proposals including make-versus-buy analysis or alternative sourcing
  • Interacts closely with suppliers and QA to resolve quality issues
  • Works with management to address all aspects of commodity management, including procurement support, commodity business plans, market trends assessment, pricing, and product availability
  • Monitors the cost, schedule and scope of assigned subcontracts to negotiate highest quality at best value
  • Monitor market conditions and trends, technology roadmaps, and identify supply & demand challenges
  • Communicates product specifications to suppliers and assesses supplier’s ability to meet engineering and quality requirements 
  • Management of labor planning, budget and capacity requirements; foster good communication with cross functional teams including production, quality, supply chain, and sourcing based on production scheduling
  • Foster good communication and teamwork within plant environment to meet and execute on schedules
  • Ensure manufacturing procedures are followed and quality standards are maintained through leadership of supervisors and leads
  • Provide input into production forecasting
  • Supporting and champion of continuous improvement to maintain a safe work environment and regulatory requirements
  • Demonstrates commitment to Stratasys Core Values by leading, acting and behaving in a manner consistent with these values
  • Provide Leadership of supervisors and teams to include coaching and developing
  • Create and manage annual capital and expense budget
  • Provide work direction to the organization, communicate company expectation metrics, and manage performance and improvement activities.
  • Participate in development and will implement operations workplace policies
  • Ensure procedures are followed and quality standards are maintained
  • Ensures a robust integration and change management process in in place to lead the team

Must have for this role:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Engineering or other related field   
  • 4+ years sourcing experience
  • 2+ years in a leadership role
  • Advanced Excel skills and ability to operate efficiently in other MS Office products such as PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook
  • Presenting to customers and high-level executives
  • Strong verbal and written communication
  • Ability to work well with others


Nice to have:

  • ERP experience (Oracle preferred)
  • Knowledge of Project Management Software preferred
  • Requires domestic or global expertise of assigned commodities with experience in electronics and materials
  • Project Management
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment, including contract manufacturing

Travel required: 25% 


What​ ​you​ ​will​ ​be​ ​part​ ​of:


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Stratasys will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.


Stratasys is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected Veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against for their race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, military status, or national origin or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or applicable local law. Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.

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