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Sourcing Specialist

Company: Springs Window Fashions
Posted on: October 15, 2021

Job Description:

Springs Window Fashions is hiring for a Sourcing Specialist (Buyer) in our Middleton, WI Corporate Headquarters.  As a Sourcing Specialist you will be purchasing a variety of commodities and materials, reviewing suppliers for cost and quality, evaluating new suppliers and seeking opportunities for continuous improvement in processes as well. 


Company Overview

Springs Window Fashions has been part of the window treatments industry since 1939. Headquartered in Middleton WI, we have over 8,000 associates and 18 locations worldwide.  Our custom window treatments are available in nearly every major retailer, in thousands of designer showrooms and showcased in large commercial buildings. 


Our company is privately owned with products marketed across a broad portfolio of brands including Bali, Graber, SunSetter and Mecho.  Our tagline is “the Best Experience Company.” And it’s more than just a set of words—it represents the essence of who we are. As North America’s premier window covering company, we’re committed to creating the Best Experience for our associates and team members, our consumers and end users, and our channel and business partners.

We are bringing new innovations to the market and have a lot to offer consumers who want to improve their home décor.  Despite COVID, our company is experiencing high growth as consumers spend more time at home and want to redecorate. 


Job Summary

Purchase commodities for direct material in support of Springs Window Fashions operations, at the most competitive cost, best possible quality and most-timely delivery. Reports into the Global Commodity Manager, and will support the execution of associated sourcing initiatives. Locate, establish, and maintain relationships of the highest degree of integrity with all suppliers. Secure on-time delivery of all products. Confirm terms & conditions; including warranty, price, discount, warehousing, and delivery. Drive the best global supply of commodities; including identifying opportunities, utilizing cross-functional resources to implement projects through six sigma rigor, and speed in execution. Use e-commerce tools to execute auctions and expedite project implementation. Participate in team activities on a strategic level in finding global opportunities, qualifying new sources, creating strategic supplier relationships, and improving sourcing processes


Job Duties

  • Assist with the development of commercial agreements or spot purchases required to support business partners and manufacturing sites.
  • Assist with the development of strategic sourcing strategies and plans.
  • Ensure that negotiated agreements, and terms and conditions are being met.
  • Aggressively pursue and create competitive purchase environment by constantly seeking alternate supply scenarios.
  • Define and develop appropriate cross-functional relationships with the Business’s Supply Chain, and other functions.
  • Assist in identifying Low Cost Country sourcing opportunities.
  • Resolve process or supplier related issues as escalated from the Businesses where the tactical teams need support.
  • Maintain knowledge of suppliers and relevant market developments such as Mergers & Acquisitions, financial status, and changes in key personnel.
  • Responsible for executing sourcing projects and initiatives as assigned.
  • Accountability to provide analytical support in commercial negotiations and supplier selections within assigned commodities.
  • Support cross-business synergy efforts for assigned projects.
  • Supports a pipeline of cost savings projects for sustainable year over year productivity, or cost down.
  • Support new product development projects and other tactical sourcing responsibilities such as price updates, sample delivery tracking, etc. as required


Critical Success Factors

  • Participate and coordinate sourcing activities in design changes (ECN) and New Product Development (NPD)
  • Work with Engineering, Quality and testing to prioritize sourcing activities
  • Routinely conduct spend analysis activities identifying strategic sourcing opportunities within assigned commodities and throughout the supply chain environment where applicable
  • Analyze market and delivery conditions to determine present and future industry trends in pricing and availability that will impact the business
  • Effective technical and analytical skills
  • Initiative to challenge inefficiencies, process deviations, and strategy deviations.
  • Utilization of data analysis skills to effectively identify value opportunities.
  • Initiative to seek professional development, continuous learning

Behavioral Competencies

  • Ensures Accountability Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments
  • Drive Engagement – Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives
  • Instill Trust – Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity
  • Drive Results – Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances
  • Consumer/Customer Focus – Building strong customer relationships and delivering on customer-centric solutions
  • Critical Thinking – Making Sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems
  • Being Resilient – Rebounding from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations
  • Optimize Work Processes – Knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in a technical competency, minimum in a business/industrial related field. Preferred MBA
  • 1 - 3 years sourcing/procurement related experience


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work with a cross functional team including engineering, quality, materials, logistics, sales & marketing.
  • Project management experience
  • Strong analytical and quantitative abilities. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Microsoft Project.
  • Willingness to travel occasionally
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Ability to influence and work on a team
  • Experience in manufacturing and material buying activities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong presentation skills
  • Demonstrated problem resolution and crisis management
  • Self-motivated with business perspective
  • Accomplishments which reflect teamwork, integrity, accountability and speed

Keywords: Springs Window Fashions, Madison , Sourcing Specialist, Other , MIDDLETON, Wisconsin

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