Mitsubishi Electric

  • Strategic Sourcing Specialist

    Job Locations US-OH-Mason
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(3/27/2018 2:13 PM)
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  • Overview

    Through the application of professional purchasing principles and ethical practices, the Strategic Sourcing Specialist will be instrumental in new supplier sourcing, leading cost negotiations, managing supplier performance, initiating VA/VE activities, and change point management. This position will be responsible for supporting the development and execution of strategies for key commodities within the business, in addition to the execution of category management, strategic sourcing, contracting/supplier management activities across various categories.


    Purchasing / Strategic Sourcing Activity

    • Support purchasing strategies to achieve Quality, Cost, and Delivery (QCD) performance objectives to improve operational profitability.
    • Partner with Production, Engineering, Quality, and Production Control to support new product introductions.
    • Identify and support the qualification of new suppliers as needed to support localization objectives.
    • Establish strong relationships with key strategic vendors, and leverage fact based negotiation tactics to achieve cost targets.
    • Keep abreast of industry trends and related market conditions to identify and mitigate supply risks. Conduct thorough market analysis in order to forecast and manage price trends.
    • Prepare and send RFQ for commodity projects; conduct bid analysis, negotiations, and contract/supplier development as needed.
    • Initiate and lead value added/value engineering (VA/VE) activities to improve quality and reduce costs.
    • Gather detailed cost elements and perform in-depth price analysis to ensure the best purchase price, while achieving the highest quality and level of service.
    • Identify stakeholders, establish key milestones, and develop project plans to successfully manage the qualification/certification process of production materials.
    • Actively support all aspects of change point management related to the evaluation / qualification of new purchased materials.
    • Serve as the primary liaison between the company and suppliers to establish, maintain, and enhance effective business relationships.
    • Maintain supplier compliance with established quality, environmental, and customer specific requirements.
    • Monitor performance and capabilities of suppliers, and ensure effective countermeasure plans are implemented to address any substandard performance.



    • Must be capable of acquiring a functional knowledge of company products, along with the purpose and end use of assigned sourcing commodities.
    • Support the Purchasing Department in setting and achieving department policy, KPI’s, and objectives.
    • Manage supplier performance through supplier report cards, risk assessments, and vendor due diligence.
    • Enhance the department value by providing a positive, professional image.
    • Conduct business with other departments and suppliers in a timely, cooperative manner, promoting courtesy, objectivity, and fairness.
    • Attend relevant meetings at the related plant to ensure information sharing and fact finding necessary for successful change management.
    • Travel to domestic and international locations in order to enhance relations, improve operations, or analyze and remedy supplier issues.
    • Lead / Assist in supplier qualifications / certifications for production materials. Perform applicable supplier audits, verifying supplier capability utilizing tools such as Control Plans / Process Flow Charts / Other ISO tools.
    • Enhance professional development by attending continuing education seminars and reading related publications.


    Quality and Environmental Systems

    • Understand MEAA’s Quality Policy and be able to fully discuss how this position supports the company’s quality objectives.
    • Know that all associates have the responsibility and authority to immediately inform supervision or management if another associate or department deviates from proper environmental practice.
    • Recognize all associates have the ability to suspend production when product quality has become questionable.
    • Develop an understanding of MEAA’s environmental policy and how this position can impact the policy and the environment.
    • Be aware of the consequences that deviating from documented procedures/practice can have on the environment.



    • Perform routine clerical tasks such as keyboarding, processing purchase requirements and check requests, record retention/maintenance, and other related tasks.
    • Support and assist the Purchasing team as needed.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.



    • Bachelor's Degree in Purchasing, Operations Management, Supply Chain, or a related business area, and/or a minimum of 2-3 years' experience as a professional buyer in the automotive manufacturing industry, or similar.
    • CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management), CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager) or related sourcing professional certification desirable.
    • Functional knowledge of international and domestic purchasing methods and concepts.
    • Sourcing, negotiation, project management, financial, and quantitative analysis skills.
    • Experience working within a multi-cultural and multi-location environment.
    • Mechanical/technical aptitude, including but not limited to, ability to read technical diagrams to determine product specifications.
    • Able to work autonomously and make independent judgments relating to the quality and value of parts and products.
    • Strong verbal, written, and cross-cultural communication skills.
    • Computer literate, emphasizing JD Edwards One World ERP (Oracle) and Microsoft Office.
    • Ability to travel independently to supplier locations and work extended hours on short notice.




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