E.H. Wachs-Linconshire, IL-Strategic Supply Chain Manager in Lincolnshire, IL at ITW Welding

Date Posted: 11/1/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

E.H. Wachs is an industry leading supplier of utility valve maintenance equipment, portable pipe cutting and beveling machines, and orbital welding equipment. The company has been around since 1883 and is now a subsidiary of ITW. As an ITW organization we believe in using the 80/20 business model to streamline the organization, investing in customer backed innovation to continuously maintain our differentiation, and to maintain a decentralized, entrepreneurial culture that allows us to quickly adapt to changing customer demands.

E.H. Wachs is currently searching for a Strategic Supply Chain Manager to support key operational, purchasing, and manufacturing initiatives.

Position Overview

The Strategic Supply Chain Manager role will play a very key role regarding the following initiatives:

1. Cost Reduction Realization

  • Collect cost data along with data and feedback from purchasing, engineering, and operations staff to generate and maintain a prioritized list of potential profit improvement initiatives
  • Strategic project planning to develop project plans and implement cost reduction activities in the most efficient, profitable, and timely way possible
  • Cross-functional team leadership of cost reduction projects from inception to implementation through stage gate and engineering changes processes
  • Progress reporting to senior company leadership

2. Operational Efficiency Improvement

  • Become familiar with and find waste in existing purchasing and manufacturing processes
  • Develop new tools and processes to reduce inventory, prevent stock-outs, increase throughput, and increase profitability
  • Develop and lead targeted manufacturing continuous improvement projects on the production floor and within the purchasing department

3. Supplier Management and Engagement

  • Find and develop new suppliers in areas where we have issues with price, quality, and/or on-time delivery
  • Lead existing supplier engagement activities that would include supplier audits, scorecard evaluations, annual meetings, inventory management targets, contractual agreements, and overall performance reviews
  • Strategically evaluate our existing supply chain for simplification and consolidation opportunities
  • Assist with the development and implementation of new tools or processes that allow us to optimize the performance of existing suppliers and our supply chain as a whole

Essential Job Functions:

  • Understand and purchasing process productivity and efficiency
  • Supplier management and engagement
  • Data mining and data analysis
  • Project management
  • Product costing
  • Analytical problem solving


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or Engineering is required. An MBA is preferred.
  • 4+ years of progressive experience in Purchasing /Procurement positions in a manufacturing environment, including 1 to 2 years of experience in Strategic Sourcing.
  • Proven ability to develop strong business relationships with key suppliers
  • Hands-on work experience with complex negotiations, problem solving, strategic planning and financial analysis.
  • Superior negotiation skills including the ability to effectively interact with all levels of management both internally and externally, including cross functional teams.
  • Strong aptitude with computer programs especially Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Disciplined personality that seeks structure and standardization with self-driven organization and time-management skills.

Other/Skills Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently, ask intelligent questions, and seek assistance when necessary.
  • Resourcefulness and flexibility in order to adjust to a changing work environment, competing priorities, frequent changes, delays, and unexpected events.

Physical Demand Category:

  • Sitting, standing

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employees may perform other duties as assigned to meet the needs of the company.