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Commodity Manager 7/26/2018

MTD Products Inc Tempe, AZ

Tempe, AZ
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree



MTD Products Inc. is a global leader in outdoor power equipment with manufacturing facilities, offices and distribution around the world. Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Valley City, Ohio, MTD s engineering expertise and state-of-the-art facilities are known for innovation and award-winning mowers, snow throwers, trimmers, chain saws, utility vehicles and hand tools for both residential and professional lawn and landscape markets. MTD s current family of brands includes Cub Cadet , Troy-Bilt and Remington , as well as Robomow , Yard Machines , Rover , Wolf Garten , and Bolens .

We are looking for:

A Positive, Passionate, Driven Candidate that possess a sense of pride in their work, a willingness to work as part of a team as well as on their own, and the ability to think critically.

Specifically, your responsibilities include:


Coordinates the strategy development for the procurement of electronic and electrical components, sub-assemblies for the organization by performing the following duties:

Coordinate all purchasing related activities for Operations and new product development as assigned within the various commodities.

Prepares and presents recommended supply strategies to Supply Management Leadership.

Identifies gaps within the existing supply base relative to the current and future production requirements.

Communicate needs to other functional groups so that development work can be completed in time to support project.

Works with cross-functional teams to initiate total cost improvements and supplier development

The Commodity Manager will have a knowledge of strategic and global sourcing and will use this knowledge to develop new suppliers to support both new and current product development.

Negotiates pricing for all outsourced materials and/or parts in accordance with target costs and departmental goals.

Using VA/VE tools, monitors and adjusts sourcing strategies to ensure projects are achieved on time and to the budgeted plan.

Maintains and ensures contract terms are being executed by both MTD and the supplier.

Using project management tools and techniques, Commodity Manager will be responsible for continual cost reduction project ideation, implementation, and execution.

Uses Risk Management to assess supply vulnerability. Develops strategies to minimize or mitigate risk.

Monitors commodity market trends against supplier pricing and applies knowledge within activities to drive the lowest cost to MTD. Performs all purchasing activities in accordance with departmental goals, objectives and company policies and procedures.

The Qualifying candidate must have/must be:

Specialized Knowledge/Skills:

Must possess and apply a broad knowledge of Purchasing and Supply Management principles, practices, and procedures.

Battery/PCB/Electrical purchasing experience is a must

Strong candidates will have spent time in a fast-paced environment, purchasing a large variety of different components, and has a solid track record on closing larger contracts and achieving strong year over year cost reductions.

Strong written and verbal communication skills with high attention to detail

Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Must have strong technical background (mechanical and electrical) to support complex technical sourcing projects

High degree of creativity, flexibility, and resourcefulness

Experience/Educational Requirements:

Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university; or five to seven years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Work Environment: Ability to sit for long periods of time. Able to view computer screen for lengths at a time. Must be able to speak and listen clearly. Fine visual acuity to read for accuracy. May be exposed to loud noises, wet and humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic chemicals, extreme hot and cold depending on weather conditions. May be required to work in high, precarious places. This job may require lifting of up to 25 pounds occasionally.

Travel: Willing to travel 25 % internationally/ nationally

MTD seeks to passionately create, build and deliver great products and services that consumers all over the world enjoy using to improve and beautify lawns and gardens. To learn more, please visit

What you can expect in return:

* MTD offers a competitive salary and

* 401k with Company Match

* Defined Contribution Plan

* Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance

* Tuition Reimbursement

* Paid vacation

* Paid holidays

MTD is an equal opportunity employer M/F/D/V.