Commodity Manager

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Quality Electrodynamics is searching for a Commodity Manager


The Commodity Manager is responsible for all material sourcing, planning and procurement of assigned purchased materials so that customer requirements are satisfactorily fulfilled per the master production schedule, at the lowest possible business cost. In addition, the Commodity Manager is responsible for strategically evaluating market conditions to mitigate risks and to study the market to identify potential improvements to the supply chain.  Maintain appropriate inventory levels of purchased items. Manage cost reduction projects.  Provide internal (cross-functional) and external (supplier) mentorship to provide awareness to processes, procedures, best practices and critical metrics to improve overall business performance.

As an individual contributor to Supply Chain and major product change projects the Commodity Manager must develop relationships with employees and suppliers, coach value, and provide clear direction to indirect reports to achieve project goals.


  • Strategically manage the company supply chain by sourcing, reviewing and purchasing commodities
  • Updating inventory strategies where needed to increase sales and manage stock quantities
  • Evaluating, selecting and recommending new vendors to management
  • Negotiating favorable prices and terms of purchase to maximize best commodity sourcing practices
  • Building and maintaining good relationships with commodity suppliers and distributors
  • Studying market trends and identifying any risks when sourcing and procuring commodities
  • Ensuring that project-approved budgets are adhered to
  • Advise department personnel when they prepare contracts and purchase orders
  • Resolving vendor disputes and any commodity-related issues
  • Develop and maintain relationships with strategic suppliers through supplier visits and “face to face” meetings
  • Drive innovation and process improvements on a continual basis to surrounding work
  • Ensure compliance to quality system requirements

Education and Experience


  • Bachelor Degree in Science, Business, Supply Chain Mgmt. or related field
  • 5+ years’ experience in procurement, sourcing and material roles
  • Solid knowledge of financial markets that influence commodity prices
  • Preparation of data and presentation to small groups and leadership
  • ERP/MRP software, Microsoft Office, Project


  • Medical device industry experience

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to meet essential job functions listed above
  • Good negotiation skills, the ability to prepare purchasing agreements and effectively communicate the terms of those agreements to vendors
  • Able to lead their own work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to lead and influence team members without direct reporting authority
  • Ability to lead and present progress on a project with effective communication and project management tools
  • Ability to prioritize work with minimal oversight
  • Able to communicate value of work and receive colleague buy-in
  • Ability to learn fast and multitask on many projects
  • Strong written, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Optimistic outlook, team-oriented attitude
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong computer skills
  • Financial Acumen

Physical Requirements

  • Be able to lift 35 lbs.
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