Sourcing Manager

Durham, NC


Job Summary: The Sourcing Manager (SM) is responsible for qualifying, developing and selecting vendors and manufacturers. The SM will manage the sourcing strategy and form partnerships and alliances with Suppliers and Manufacturers to reduce costs, improve quality, reduce lead-times, and mitigate risk.

The role requires a strategic mindset, strong team working skills, but also the ability to work independently. A positive attitude, the ability to manage complex tasks proactively, and high attention to detail are required in this role. The SM must have the ability to collaborate with peers & management and demonstrate exceptional judgment.

Minimum Qualifications: (Education, Experience, Knowledge, and Skills):

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • 4+ years in Sourcing, Purchasing, or Supply Chain role(s).

  • Advanced Excel skills.

  • Significant hands-on experience with ERP systems (SAP or IFS a plus).

  • Renewable Energy, Power Plant, and/or EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) experience a plus.

  • Excellent communication and leadership skills. Works well in a team environment.

  • Good understanding of financials, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.

  • Experience in related role including electronics manufacturing experience and ordering commodities.

  • Extremely proficient in measuring data related to Supplier Performance.

  • Strong understanding of terms, supply strategy, Kanban, VMI, Safety Stock etc.

  • Individual must be an organized, open-minded & motivated self-starter.

  • Expert communication skills to support pleasant interactions with Suppliers and a multi-layered workforce.

  • Ability to report findings and KPI’s to Purchasing Manager.

  • Ability to develop a technical, statistical, and fundamental assessment for each commodity.

    Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs a leadership role in supplier selection, qualification, and implementation of commodity/category plans. Works with stakeholders to analyzes the requirements of the commodity/category, including preliminary specifications, preferred supplier, and delivery.

  • Solicits and evaluates proposals for the requested commodity/category. Investigates potential suppliers to determine if they meet the specified requirements.

  • Plays a key role in the selection of key suppliers and clearly communicates the rationale and diligence done in the selection process.

  • Ensures sourcing activities are conducted in the fairest, most transparent way to ensue potential suppliers are given every opportunity to present their strengths and capabilities.

  • Negotiates the lowest possible total cost for the commodity/category balanced against the optimum quality and schedule needs.

  • Implements purchase contracts that comply with company and government regulations.

  • Assists Schedulers, Master Schedulers and others regarding pricing, vendor performance and delivery options.

  • Drives material cost out initiatives. Ensures metrics / KPI’s are in place to monitor material cost-out results versus goals.

  • Travels to vendor sites and assist with audits in their processes, vetting their abilities and acting upon discoveries.

  • Administers supplier qualification program and works closely with engineering to help steer products towards best business practices, and to align with a changing market.

  • Develop and oversee Supplier risk mitigation strategy.

  • Work closely with Project/Business Development team to forecast new market business and develop costs projection and strategies to support new business.

  • Prepares RFPs to vendors, receives their proposals, and prepares price analysis and comparison analysis.

  • Facilitates commercial negotiations by establishing Master Supply Agreements with key partners and actively facilitate the discussions with potential materials providers.

  • Works closely with and lead meetings regularly with purchasing team to stay up to date on latest developments, learn and adapt best strategies to assist purchasing teams.

  • Manages value and mitigate risk for commodities (i.e. copper, gold, oil and off the-shelf stock items) while running an effective sourcing campaign. Use a systematic and analytical approach to measure the usage cycle for any specific group of items (EAU). Initial Benchmarks: Reduce stock outs, increase blanket orders with scheduled JIT deliveries at lower negotiated prices.

  • Reviews how the company buys and the patterns of purchasing commodities, then ascertain the market forces that apply to the commodity.

  • Liaises with suppliers to ensure that the supply chain is as stable as possible, so that there is no risk of the supply chain breaking down.

  • Tracks and reports KPI’s to Purchasing Manager: Inventory dollars On Hand vs On Order/Incoming PO’s, PPV, Meet Comp Wins/Losses, Inbound Freight Analysis etc.

  • Supports and enforces Corrective Action process and issue CARs where necessary to support process and quality improvement.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Purchasing Manager.

    Physical Demands and Work Environment:

Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Exposure to weather, extreme heat or cold, noise intensity level, exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals, wet and/or humid, vibration, proximity to moving mechanical parts.

About Us: PowerSecure, a Southern Company subsidiary, is a leading provider of innovative energy solutions to electric utilities and their industrial, institutional, and commercial customers.

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We invest in high-value and cost-effective benefits for our employees. Our benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage

  • Competitive pay and a matching 401 (k) plan

  • Vacation, Company Holidays, Paid Time Off (PTO- personal and sick days)

  • Flexible spending accounts/Health savings account

  • Wellness Incentive Programs

  • Employee Referral Program

  • Tuition Reimbursement

PowerSecure is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. This position is not open to third party recruiters.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)Operating Company: PowerSecure