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Sourcing Engineer II

Grand Blanc, Michigan
Admin - Supply Chain

Job Description

Job Summary


Based in Grand Blanc, MI the Sourcing Engineer II applies technical expertise and methods to research, understand, and develop/improve current or new sources of supply to meet Time to Market (TTM) and Time to Customer (TTC) product life cycle deliverables. The position will also support program teams, and procurement function deliverables/processes in line with corporate/business/regional objectives. It will be responsible for a set of local/regional/global suppliers along a technology track (s) during the TTM or TTC phase of the product life cycle. The role will establish projects and support processes to continuously improve the performance or capability of the assigned supply base. The person selected will use learnings to drive inputs/ best practices, and performance improvements back into the TTM process and Commodity strategy. The role will support material supply chain, and global sourcing strategies at the local level. It will Implement and execute the sourcing and supply bases strategy defined during TTM.

  • Monitors and drives supplier performance in the areas of total cost, capacity, capability, quality and location and drives corrective action to bring in line, informs management and escalates if personal attempts fail.
  • Drives and supports continuous improvement of suppliers (3CQL, flexibility, lead-time, initiatives, etc.).
  • Initiates or supports supplier selection and qualification efforts of new suppliers.
  • Delivers on their accountability to the global commodity team and sourcing pipeline priorities/commitments.
  •  Collaborates with peers in alignment with Commodity & Sourcing Strategy.
  • Assess and support the sourcing of new suppliers of alternate material sources, capability, capacity, or processing methods to meet business requirements, specifications, capacity, and quality and cost objectives. Conduct periodic audits.
  • Understands researches and develops existing, or identify new suppliers to achieve material, volume, location, capacity.
  • Support supplier selection and supplier audits efforts as required.
  • Drive closure to performance deviations with the supplier and recover costs related non-conformance, late deliveries, and general areas of non-performance that breach Lairds contract with the supplier.
  • Implement supplier changes, monitor their success, and make adjustments as needed
  • Familiarizes themselves and maintains required knowledge level to be successful with new technology.
  • Achieve cycle time reduction on operations with vendors by involving Laird’s Process and Manufacturing Engineers if required to achieve operational targets.
  • Collaborates and drives cost roadmaps to maintain a competitive advantage in our marketplace.
  • Direct improvement activities and communicates with remote design teams and customers to meet project milestones.
  • Participate actively in project or annual material and cost reduction programs, including ownership for supplier negotiations.
  • Research technologies or methods to minimize costs and improve efficiencies in the supply chain.
  • Monitor established metrics for the role, projects or business and provide periodic summary.
  • Implement local sourcing policies to meet established needs.
  • Work with design engineering and quality to improve supplier base and certifying new suppliers.
  • Facilitate SC integration by understanding Laird’s cost structure and suppliers and help in reducing redundant activities.
  • Communicate capital expenditures involving new technological innovations, which promote Laird’s engineering expertise.
  • Relevant technical expertise to succeed in the role (electrical, mechanical, process, etc)
  • Basic financial understanding and communication skills. Knowledge of the relevant industries associated with supply base.
  • Strong negotiation skills with proven results
  • Solid ability to manage programs and projects
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Proficient understanding and experience with integrated manufacturing and software systems (MRP, ERP etc)
  • Good organizational, time management, and analytical skills
  • Ability to develop sourcing/purchasing management/team/structure processes
  • Willingness and ability to travel both domestic and internationally
Education & Experience Requested
  • BS degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemical engineering depending on the job assignment. Business acumen and/or MBA preferred
  • Previous sourcing, supplier management/negotiation, cost and process engineering, and 6 Sigma/lean preferred
  • 2 to 5 years experience

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, Laird does not discriminate in hiring or in the terms and conditions of employment because of an individual's race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity, citizenship or other categories protected by federal, state or local laws. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.