• Sourcing Leader - Innovation

    Job Division Guardian Industries
    REF. 2018-3115
    US-MI-Auburn Hills
    Position Type (Portal Searching)
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Guardian Industries, a global company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, employs around 18,000 people and operates facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Guardian’s diverse group of companies are involved in the manufacture of high-performance float, coated and fabricated glass products; the manufacture of high-quality chrome-plated and painted plastic components for the automotive and commercial truck industries. Guardian’s vision is to create value for customers and society through constant innovation using fewer resources. Guardian is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Visit for more information.


    We are looking for a Sourcing Leader - Innovation in our Strategic Sourcing and Procurement (SS&P) group to be responsible for managing the sourcing/procurement needs of Guardian Industries’ business units focused on innovation and product development projects that are new to the organization and new to the world..!



    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Focus to be on finding sources of supply in the global market place, finding innovation applications, developing suppliers for innovation, develop design, experimentation, joint development, trial and supply agreements.
    • Be able to address Operations aspects (e.g., assess and help qualify the operations capability and quality of potential outsourced suppliers)
    • Must work closely with the relevant business units and functional teams such as Product Development, Innovations leads and Legal to identify, prioritize and support ongoing sourcing and procurement needs.
    • Support the professional sourcing requirements of the Business Innovation needs in the areas of: global source identification, innovation trends and sources, developing category sourcing plans including value creation strategies, strategic sourcing, global supply market trends, market research, market intelligence, category strategy development, supplier identification, bid development and evaluation, contract negotiations and maintenance, internal and external contract compliance, supplier development, supplier quality and relationship management, as well as performance tracking and reporting of value creation (cost savings, incremental margin, cost avoidance, etc.) and other key category and supplier performance metrics.
    • Understand the requirements of IP protection and Antitrust relationships and apply appropriate controls.  Be able to apply innovation ideas and product concepts across Retail and Professional Categories.
    • Ability to analyze data, using a total cost of ownership approach, and understand trial, and scale up costs to arrive at sourcing conclusions, identify alternatives, apply economic thinking, assess associated risks, develop long term supply plans and conduct scenario analysis.
    • Must be able to synthesize and structure results for oral and written presentations.


    Desired Qualifications:

    • Bachelors Degree (or higher) in Engineering/Management, Operations Management, Supply Chain, Product Development or related technical field of study
    • A minimum of 3 years of experience in sourcing NEW products and/or categories, with 1 year of direct negotiations experience.
    • Experience in project management
    • Experience using MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and/or Access
    • Previous team leadership experience
    • Experience with cost modeling, specifically "should-cost" experience of finished products
    • Experience with contract negotiations, specific to pricing, joint development agreements and supply agreements

    What Will Put You Ahead?

    • Aptitude for risk profiling, risk identification, and mitigation
    • Experience using Ariba or eSourcing tools (e.g., eRFx, eAuction), SAP, manufacturing operations, or manufacturing cost systems
    • Packaging Engineer experience
    • Contracts negotiations (specific to pricing), joint development agreement and supply agreement experience
    • Managing regulated products (EPA and FDA experience)

    What do we have to offer?

    If you have been looking for an environment where people are valued, entrepreneurial spirit is boundless and opportunities for success are based on merit, and if you want to add value to your company, then Guardian Industries may be the place for you.


    In the US, we offer competitive compensation and a wide variety of benefits including health/dental/life insurance, prescription coverage, STD and optional LTD, paid vacation and holidays, and a 401 (k) with a $1 for $1 match up to 7%. For more information visit us at   Guardian Industries is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 






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