Regional Strategic Sourcing Manager - Europe in Varese at ITW Specialty Products

Date Posted: 6/20/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

ITW Appliance Components serves all the major Appliance OEMs in the US, Europe, Asia & Mexico and their tier suppliers. This global division manufactures mechanical, electromechanical and electronic components and assemblies with a variety of manufacturing processes including injection molding, stamping, automated and manual assembly.  We have locations in the U.S., China, Mexico, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria & Italy.  


The Division drives profitability by leveraging its innovative solutions and application engineering.  In addition to ITW’s industry leading research and development capabilities, ITW Appliance Components enhances our customers’ competitive advantage by maintaining advanced global engineering and manufacturing facilities. Identifying customer needs to provide continued added value solutions, continually improving processes, material and designs to ensure every solution exceeds customer expectations while providing unparalleled value.



Position Summary:

The Regional Strategic Sourcing Manager will report to the Regional Operations Manager (based in Slovenia) and will be responsible for directing and coordinating activities of a multi-site strategic sourcing team.  This role can be based out of Italy, Slovenia or Bulgaria.

Responsibilities:

  • Forecasts levels of demand for services and products to meet the business needs and keeping a constant check on stock levels;
  • Works closely with Engineering and product development in support of New Product Development and Continuous Improvement activities from the concept stage
  • Understands and simplifies category management and purchasing process to improve procurement and supply chain efficiency  
  • Develops a regional business purchasing strategy, according to strategic goals and ensures that suppliers are aware of crucial business objectives;
  • Selects suppliers who are aligned with business standards to ascertain the best products in terms of best value, delivery schedules and quality;
  • Identifies potential suppliers, manages relationships with them
  • Develops long range strategic sourcing plans for assigned categories
  • Understands category buying & management process to identify improvements opportunities
  • Implements simplification strategy
  • Manages risk mitigation (cost, price and/or supply),
  • Leverage entire regional organization`s spend
  • Supports new product development from the concept stage
  • Analyzes quotes and negotiates prices & delivery conditions with suppliers.
  • Purchases orders that will contain materials and products that are critical to the ongoing success and cost-effective efforts of the regional business.
  • Negotiates and agrees contracts and monitors their progress, checking the quality of service provided; contracts should be standardized in conditions for the whole region
  • Coordinates and supports all sourcing related activities and regional commitments including the review, negotiation, and acquisition of the targeted spend categories.
  • Forecasts price trends and their impact on future activities;
  • Share best practices across the organization
  • Provides training and supervises the work of team members.
  • Prepares development plans and uses performance management tools.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor's Degree is required or equivalent ITW experience
  • Supervisory experience
  • Minimum 5 years of management experience
  • Strong business analytical skills, with 80/20 mindset.
  • Detailed oriented & thorough, with ability to think “big picture" and understand the key trends and levers that drive the business
  • Proven communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills across all organizational levels
  • Able to effectively drive cross-group collaboration and cooperation, using strong communication, project management, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of basic business financials
  • Must be able to travel 20% of working time
  • Demonstrated ability to build, develop and manage a remote work team and develop future leaders/managers