Strategic Sourcing Specialist in Kent, WA at Carlisle Interconnect Technologies

Date Posted: 1/15/2018

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    Kent, WA
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Job Description


This Specialist position is responsible for managing Quoting Activities, New Product Introduction (NPI), and Special Project purchasing activities including; supply chain project management, supplier evaluation and selection, supplier quote response management, cost estimating support, placement of initial long lead time and other purchase orders required to support new business, and timely problem resolution.


* Excellent communication skills are a must. This position requires interaction with all areas of the company as well as suppliers and some customers
* Responsible for entering and maintaining accurate product information in ERP system for New Products
* Establish sources and costs for identified components and third party make/buy decisions
* Work closely with Purchasing on transferring cost, source information, lead time, and other appropriate information to the production environment
* Continuously communicate with supply base regarding schedule changes, expedite/de-expedite, and overall supplier performance
* Facilitate and manage any supplier issues (i.e. cost, quality, delivery, customer service)
* Communicate and ensure implementation of engineering changes at suppliers
* Identify and evaluate potential suppliers in support of new product development, including supplier visits where appropriate
* Lead supply chain support for organizational initiatives such as manufacturing transfers to/from other facilities, new supplier processes supporting Lean initiatives, process improvements, and other special projects
* Work with Sales, Engineering, Manufacturing and Customers on identified Value Engineering initiatives
* For all new business, ensure that all customer requirements are properly flowed down to the supply base

*Other duties as required in support of the department and the company*


* This position does not have any supervisory responsibilities


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

* Regular sitting, standing and walking throughout the day to accomplish tasks
* Occasional sitting
* Manual and finger dexterity used regularly with some repetitive finger motions, and required usage of both hands as needed
* Lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds, occasionally up to 50 pounds
* Specific vision abilities include close and distance vision; able to identify colors, small letters and numbers; hand/eye coordination, depth perception and able to adjust focus
* Hearing and speaking

* Other conditions may include frequent reaching, stretching, pushing, pulling, pinching, grasping, gripping, and crouching or stooping


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Work is performed in a normal office environment with minimal physical risks involved. The noise level in the work environment is low to moderate


Carlisle Interconnect Technologies is dedicated to identifying and reducing the environmental impact of its operations, activities, and products. It is our commitment to comply with all applicable laws and other regulatory requirements concerning the environment. We are committed to preventing pollution and continually improving our environmental performance in all of our global operations. This will be achieved through a comprehensive Environmental Management System that provides the framework for setting and reviewing environmental objectives and targets of Carlisle Interconnect Technologies


* Clear ANSI Z87.1 safety rated glasses are required for the job when in the manufacturing areas


This position includes access or potential access to ITAR and/or EAR technical data. Therefore, candidates will need to qualify as a US Person which is defined as a US Citizen, or a Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder)


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To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

* Ability to communicate effectively and maintain relations with internal and external customers
* Excellent skills in Contract Administration; Multi-functional exposure; Inventory Control; Critical thinking and problem-solving capability; Specification interpretation; Technical Component and Assembly Knowledge; and Supply Base Knowledge
* Experience in Lean, Six Sigma, or other continuous improvement
* Exceptional organizational and project management skills with strong attention to detail
* Ability to prioritize and handle multiple duties/projects at one time
* Works with a sense of urgency in a fast-paced environment
* Knowledge of scheduling, planning, engineering processes, materials, manufacturing processes, and ISO/AS9100 quality control systems in an ERP/MRP system environment
* Excellent interpersonal, communication (written and oral), and negotiation skills; outgoing, assertive personality
* Professional conflict resolution and ability to handle difficult situation in a professional manner.
* Ability to work independently with minimal oversight
* Computer proficiency with standard software packages, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point. Advanced skills are preferred
* Ability to read and understand manufacturing drawings with bill of materials
* Experience purchasing electronic components, hardware, and or wire and cable
* Global sourcing experience, especially with Asian suppliers is a plus
* Advanced customer interface skills
* A team player that can relate to people at all levels of the organization and possesses excellent communication skills
* An energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and a positive professional image
* Ability to be flexible and able to function comfortably in a fast paced, constantly changing and ambiguous environment
* Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations
* Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
* Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, customers, vendors, and employees. Portrays a positive and professional image. Ability to establish relations with a wide range of personalities, cultural backgrounds and educational levels
* Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as percentages, ratios, and proportions to job-related situations
* Ability to define problems, collect data, establishes facts, and draw valid conclusion
* Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables
* Advanced knowledge of SAP (preferred) or other ERP systems, as well as manufacturing process and procedures, and the ability to share this knowledge with others


* High school diploma or equivalent (GED)

* Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university (Business, Supply Chain, or Technical preferred)
* Three (3) to five (5) years of progressive experience in a similar type of position(s) is desired


Must maintain industry certifications as applicable to position and value stream that is supported. Including but not limited to; IPC-WHMA-A-620, IPC-JSTD-001, IPC-610, IPC-600 and NASA 8739

* APICS/ISM/Supply Chain certification or willingness to complete first 3 modules of APICS certification program (or equivalent) within two years of employment is preferred

LANGUAGE SKILLS Ability to read, write, speak and understand English

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled