GE Appliances, a Haier company Senior Purchasing Program Manager – Cooking in Louisville, Kentucky

Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Senior Purchasing Program Manager – Cooking

The Challenge

The Senior Purchasing Program Manager – Cooking manages product cost within the GE Appliances’ Cooking product line to drive profitability, cost improvements and margin optimization for the product line. Additionally, the Senior PPM will manage the sourcing activities necessary to ensure profitable and on-time execution of Cooking new product introductions (NPI’s).

What you will Do

Product Line Support

  • Oversee the identification and achievement of product cost-out objectives, actively partnering with Technology, manufacturing, product management, supplier quality. Understand the entire spend for the Product Line, down to every part and every cost.

  • Drive direct material cost reduction through supplier leverage, e-bid/request for quote (RFQ), part consolidation/standardization, etc.

  • Balance consumer experience curve with features. Understand commercial landscape for the product, and engage with commodity buyers and suppliers to explore new innovation ideas to drive margin optimization; provide feedback to product line.

  • Perform competitive-cost analysis and make vs. buy analysis.

  • For assigned buy specific to the product line: develop supplier strategies, negotiate, and ensure purchase orders are issued on time. Evaluate all opportunities for cost out.

  • Conduct product tear-downs with Technology to evaluate product competitiveness; identify opportunities and drive improvement projects.

  • Ensure suppliers can meet long term GEA demand. Understand GEA factory demand and supplier capacity of parts. Understand and monitor supplier risk and involved in strategy to respond to risk concerns.

  • Address systemic, long-term delivery issues due to long term capacity issues or supply constraints.

  • Proactively solve issues constraining attainment of 95% In-Stock Rate.

  • Represent sourcing interests as a member of Change Implementation Board (CIB) and on Business Change Requests (BCR).

  • Participate on Product Council reviewing model changes/introductions (Multi-Generational Product Plan) and address supply chain issues proactively.

  • Solve issues associated with service part supply, monitor concessions due to part availability and drive sourcing PO's to be set up in a timely fashion.

  • Mentor team members to ensure flawless execution on all key metrics.

NPI Activities

  • Serve as an integral member of a new product introduction (NPI) team from concept to launch, ensuring launch executes at or below committed costs.

  • Maintain traceability and accountability to cost and schedule estimates as programs progress.

  • Understand current product cost target, including potential follow-on projects and cost-out targets.

  • Collaboratively work with Commodity Buyers on quoting, supplier selection (ensuring best suppliers and price) and the supplier onboarding process.

  • Participate and provide input in integrated program reviews.

  • Lead resolutions to any NPI issues related to suppliers (including cost, delivery, safety and quality).

  • Review/Approve Business Change Notices and drawings for sourcing.

  • Update Part Information Tracker (PITs) with accurate lead times that comply with program milestone imperatives.

  • Partner with service program team members to ensure service parts are in-stock prior to launch.

  • Partner with Commodity Buyers, Supplier Quality and/or Technology to develop an early supplier engagement and development strategies for assigned programs, including R&D collaboration.

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What you need to Succeed

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • 5 years’ experience within Sourcing and/or relevant experience within supply chain, program management or commodity management.

  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships at all levels.

  • Exceptional communication skills and demonstrates ability to effectively influence.

  • Strong supplier management, negotiating, influencing, interpersonal and leadership skills.

  • Demonstrated business acumen, possesses strong analytical and organizational skills.

  • Strong team player that collaborates well with others to solve problems and actively incorporates input from various sources.

  • Professional oral/written communication.

  • Proven strong problem solving and collaborative skills to develop and implement business strategies cross-functionally and globally.

  • Demonstrated team player with a strong initiative to win.

  • Change agent with excellent facilitative leadership and problem-solving skills.

  • MS Excel and database expertise.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Business.

  • Demonstrated success in previous Purchasing Program Management or Commodity Buying roles (or equivalent).

  • Knowledge and prior working experience with new product introductions (NPI).

  • Prior Sourcing experience with global supply base.

Working Conditions:

  • 10-20% domestic (possibly international) travel to suppliers and plants will be required

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.