Strategic Sourcing - Commodity Manager


Zurn Water Solutions

Milwaukee, WI
Full Time
3y ago

Company Description

Zurn Water Solutions is the unrivaled leader in water solutions for health, human safety, and the environment. With our ecosystem of products and systems that are at the core of sustainability we deliver solutions that protect human health, conserve resources, and optimize our customers results.  Water sustains everything. At Zurn we are Sustainably Inspired!

We offer the largest breadth of engineered water solutions and sustainable plumbing products, while delivering total building solutions for new construction and retrofit applications. Zurn designs, procures, manufactures, and markets products that provide and enhance Water Safety & Control, Flow Systems, and Hygienic & Environmental solutions.

Job Description

Position Summary

This position is responsible for the management of global activities associated with procurement of direct material related to our PEX Product Line. This position will provide regional procurement category leadership, working closely with multiple site locations, developing strategies, and coordinating on regional supply chain activities to ensure that cost, quality, and delivery objectives are met. This position will also align and manage global spend analytics and reporting of the supply chain function.


  • Maintains the highest-level code of conduct and ethics.
  • Plans, organizes, directs, controls and communicates global strategic sourcing activities related to PEX Products and other assigned commodities aligning cross functional supply, engineering, technical support and operations groups.
  • Conducts brainstorming sessions at Rexnord facilities with cross functional teams to identify strategic commodities and deployment priorities on cost saving initiatives.
  • Provides oversight to sourcing/project managers on the deployment of projects with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Collaborates with regional and low-cost regional supply teams to identify, screen, and qualify strategic suppliers. Works with global facilities to create regional and global material cost savings funnels that align with commercial strategies and financial targets.
  • Drives spend analysis, including counter measures for projects that fall short of plan and makes decisions to remedy the issues to get the teams back on track to meet or exceed plan.
  •  Possesses an understanding of total cost of ownership.
  • Proactively assesses internal and external process improvements and influences effective change and drive innovation and continuous improvements.
  • Collaborates with global business units on the preparation of Request for Proposals (RFPs), Request for Quotations (RFQ’s) and leads the screening and supplier selection process.
  • Negotiate and drafts supplier contracts of sale, including: payment terms, deliveries, price, freight terms, currency exchange, raw material steel fluctuation, inventory levels.
  • Analyzes market and delivery conditions to determine present and future (industry trends in pricing and availability that will impact the business) material availability and prepares market analysis reports.
  • Responsible for timely reporting to agreed upon KPI’s and presenting Strategic Sourcing plans, activities and progress.
  • Develops next generation of Supply Chain leaders.
  • Up to 33% travel

Leadership Competencies

  • Decision Quality – Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
  • Manages Complexity – Making sense of complex, high quantity and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Drives Results – Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Manages Conflict – Handling conflict situations effectively, with a minimum of noise.
  • Plans & Aligns – Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.



Experience and Skill Required

  • BA or BS degree preferably in Engineering or Supply Chain competency, minimum in a business/industrial related field
  • 3-5 years of experience working in an industrial manufacturing environment with experience in an Engineering, Supply Chain, or similar position.
  • Proven success of strategically working with suppliers or customers.
  • Experience sourcing in low cost regions.
  • Experience working with multiple locations globally.
  • Proven success in a change management and "stretch" environment.


Additional Information

Total Rewards and Benefits

  • Competitive Salary
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, AD&D, and Life Insurance
  • Matching 401(k) Contribution
  • Health Savings Account
  • Educational Reimbursement
  • Matching Gift Program

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

At Zurn, we have a longstanding commitment to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion so that all associates feel welcome and valued.

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