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NPI Sourcing Project Manager

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Woodward MPC Niles , IL 60714

Posted 2 months ago

Position Purpose:

The PLC (Product Life Cycle) Sourcing Project Manager (PM) position exists to lead the successful collaboration and integration between engineering, supply base and global commodity teams throughout the PLC process in order to achieve an optimal product solution for Woodward.

Essential Functions:

  • Primary Global Sourcing focal point for engineering teams/project management. Has the ability and knowledge of how to get things done within Global Sourcing, is go to person for PLC sourcing issue resolution, has experience and understanding of PLC, PLC sourcing processes, Global Sourcing requirements, quality system or business specific needs to get the job done and issues resolved.

  • Global Sourcing lead on all engineering development projects, including platforms andproposals, with oversite. This person influences others throughout the Woodward organization to ensure successful implementation of supply chain strategy for development projects. Additionally, influences commodity members to complete actions for sub-project level activities to meet engineering project timelines and goals.

  • Understands the business group goals and customer requirements in their approach to apply Global Sourcing commodity sourcing strategy for all engineering projects throughout a product life cycle to ensure success. With oversite, develops project plans and uses the following tools: design to cost, risk mitigation,commercial alignment, technical requirements, and early supplier involvement activities to address immediate project requirements.

  • Collaborates and communicates with the Global Sourcing Commodity teams to communicate engineering requirements and needs that may require strategy alignment to enable Woodward success.

  • Facilitating engagement with engineering teams or supply chain to understand the direction of the commodity strategies as related to project or program requirements. Leverages Global Sourcing supply chain strategies to develop innovative solutions to engineering challenges.

Other Functions:

  • Responsible for completion of project deliverables which can include but is not limited to Sourcing Strategy Checklist, Early Supplier Involvement and Risk Mitigation plans.

  • Participate in continuous improvement projects for PLC sourcing tools.

  • Responsible for source justification and cost verification review and approval with commodity teams.

  • Responsible to prepare and present project updates, Sourcing Strategy and Commodity Reviews to a broad based audience including key leaders.

  • Collaborates with Purchasing Coordinators and Sub-Contract Administrators to ensure alignment of project priorities to achieve project goals.

  • Adheres in accordance to Woodward standard processes, standards of business conduct and contracts in conformance with UCC, other legal principles and company policies.

Working Environment / Physical Activities:

  • Work is generally performed in a normal office environment; however, the job will take them into various areas of the plant where there is a possible exposure to noise, chemicals, dust and temperature variations.

  • Domestic travel may be required.


  • Technical competence in one or more commodities preferred

  • Ability to understand technical subject matter, including tolerances, key characteristics and drawings

  • Understanding of how to get things done within the organization while considering a broad business perspective, which includes suppliers, Woodward's business units and other internal stakeholders

  • Ability to develop, execute, and lead project plans Knowledge of project management tools (specifically MS Project, Work Breakdown Structure)

  • Understanding of procurement problem solving, negotiating, and contracts management tools in order to appropriately engage and escalate to the Global Commodity organization.

  • Knowledge and experience with core global sourcing business processes and systems.

  • Basic knowledge of Six Sigma/Continuous Improvement tools

  • Effective interpersonal skills and interfacing with operations management, both internal and external, across domestic and international functions and organizations.

  • Good written and verbal communication skills; including presentations and public speaking

  • Ability to use and knowledge of software: MS Office, Outlook, Project, local business system, MRP/ERP-based programs Basic knowledge or education in Quality Management Systems, compliance standards

  • Knowledge of PLC-type processes, tools and procedures

  • Support continuous improvement

Education or Formal Training:

  • BA/BS in Business or Engineering

Experience Required:

  • 1 year of experience in Supply Chain/Purchasing or Engineering in a manufacturing environment or recent new graduate

Experience in NPI environment, a plus

Woodward is an independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control solutions for the aerospace and energy markets. Our aerospace systems and components optimize the performance of fixed wing and rotorcraft platforms in commercial, business and military aircraft, ground vehicles and other equipment. Our energy-related systems and components enhance the performance of industrial gas and steam turbines, reciprocating engines, compressors, wind turbines, electrical grids and other energy-related industrial equipment. The company's innovative fluid energy, combustion control, electrical energy, and motion control systems help customers offer cleaner, more reliable and more efficient equipment. Our customers include leading original equipment manufacturers and end users of their products.

Woodward is an Equal Opportunity Employer

EO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Protected Veterans

This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR and EAR, or possess all required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State Department and the U.S. Department of Commerce. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.

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NPI Sourcing Project Manager

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Woodward MPC