We are seeking Senior Sourcing Manager of Continuous Improvement (CI) & Innovation within the Strategic Sourcing & Procurement (SS&P) capability team based in Atlanta. The position will report to the newly created Director of Continuous Improvement & Innovation for SS&P, and will coordinate extensively with the Operations, Engineering, and Business teams for assigned Area(s).
The Senior Sourcing Managers will help lead, influence, and coordinate supplier-improvement and innovation projects that impact the manufacturing operations across assigned Area(s). The Managers will be responsible for facilitating CI/innovation projects with Operations, Engineering and Business teams for assigned Area(s) while documenting estimated and actual value created, process efficiencies gained, and results achieved.
A Day In The Life Typically Includes:
Develop strong relationships with key stakeholders in Operations, Engineering, and Sourcing teams that support assigned Area(s); capable of leading through influence, with and through cross-functional teams
Identify and engage subject matter experts (SMEs) for assigned Area(s), both internally and externally, to facilitate experimentation and/or implementation of project initiatives
Work with key strategic suppliers and the Sourcing organization within assigned Area(s) to identify and prioritize opportunities, based on new innovations or optimizing value drivers in the cost, service, quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of manufacturing processes/operations
Benchmark current state processes against proposed alternatives to identify opportunities to close competitive gaps and/or gain competitive advantages
Challenge stakeholders to evaluate and prioritize value opportunities in timely manner to provide feedback to suppliers and maintain overall program progress.
Challenge suppliers and teams to identify potential economies of scale across multiple OEMs/suppliers and across multiple GP (and KII) facilities, where applicable
Analyze, document, and track the progress of identified value opportunities, leveraging available digital technologies (e.g., supplier portal, GP value tracker, online dashboards, advanced analytics, etc.)
Facilitate automation of business processes/workflows to streamline and accelerate initiatives
Facilitate training, change management, communications, and supplier forums to support the CI & Innovation program development and enhancement
Strong manufacturing/operations experience and understanding
Strong communication skills with demonstrated ability to build strong relationships at all levels of the organization
Knowledge of process improvement, CI and/or innovation frameworks and methodologies
Strong financial and analytical skills, with ability to collect, distill, and analyze data to identify key insights
Ability to recognize potential issues, identify alternatives, and make recommendations
Demonstrated team/group facilitation experience – meetings, training sessions, problem solving, etc.
What You Will Need:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
Project management experience
Must be willing and able to travel approx. 25 - 50%
What Will Put You Ahead?
Engineering, Supply Chain, Finance, or Manufacturing process-related degree
Previous experience in a project management or PMO (program management office) role
Experience in managing process improvement, continuous improvement, or innovation projects/programs, ideally in a manufacturing/operations environment (e.g., Factory of Future, Digital Transformation, etc.)
Experience as a strategic management, operations, or audit Consultant