This position will lead the implementation of the purchasing data base to analyze, quantify and understand THOR Industries global direct and indirect spend, focused on the development of relationships with IT, Finance and Purchasing teams across all Subsidiaries. The role will be critical in developing a standard process for commodity classification, building and maintaining knowledge to assist Thor in achieving sustainable competitive advantage in supply management. He or she will be pivotal in establishing management reporting cadence by commodities, suppliers and Subsidiaries, and using this knowledge to drive continuous improvement in cost, quality and reliability and service.
Provide leadership to create and implement the purchasing data base for building and maintaining a competitive advantage in supply management.
Proactively analyze spend data and share ideas to drive continuous improvement in commodity management, reporting, and standardization of purchasing tools and processes across the enterprise.
Develop detailed knowledge of the local business arrangements currently in-place for purchasing of the commodities.
Provide local and global market information on commodity price, capacity and supply trends. Establish processes to collect and share critical business intelligence.
Build a network of relationships with current and potential suppliers, and Subsidiary purchasing teams.
Use web-based tools to support the identification of potential new supply partners, with emphasis on global sourcing opportunities.
Support the development of continuous improvement mindset with current and potential suppliers.
Coordinate efforts to reduce commodity and process complexity.
Contribute to the performance evaluation of current and potential suppliers.
Lead measuring performance benefits for the commodities, including savings, working capital, lead-time and process simplification.
Skills and Qualifications:
Education: A bachelor degree in accounting, data management, economics, finance, management information systems, supply management or similar relevant discipline is required. MBA is preferred. CPSM or related certification an advantage.
English (German or Mandarin as second language an advantage)
Travel: Overnight travel estimated at 10%
Experience: The ideal candidate will have significant experience and a track record of success in purchasing/supply chain analytics and operations, with specialization in the RV industry, or related manufacturing industries, such as automotive or construction equipment. He or she will be able to understand and have worked in an environment of long-term strategic partnership arrangements, including scorecard and service level agreements. Exposure to disciplines such as Total Quality Management, Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, or Demand Flow Technology an advantage.
The candidate is results-oriented, a self-starter, and an excellent communicator, who has demonstrated the ability to operate in a fast paced, continuous improvement environment and be able to apply a global project on a local basis to achieve success for each stakeholder in the process.
Key skills include:
Expert using Microsoft Office skills (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Access)
Integrity and trust
Strong technical aptitude
People leadership and team building
Commodity knowledge (used in RV or related industry)
Cross-cultural business skills
Demonstrated ability to influence, internal and external stakeholders
Process, planning and project management