Director Sourcing - Indirect

Date: Nov 16, 2023

Location: Wauwatosa, WI, US, 53222

Company: Briggs & Stratton


As the Director Sourcing - Indirect your goal is to lead the sourcing of indirect materials and services for the company while establishing a sourcing and supplier segmentation strategy that will achieve a competitive advantage from the supply base in: cost, quality, fulfillment, and innovation.  


You will do this by:

  • Developing strategies across indirect spend categories by working with purchasing teams to leverage spend

  • Leading development of methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria to improve sourcing, purchasing and contracting processes

  • Serving as lead negotiator for indirects at the company and identifies, qualifies and selects suppliers

  • Leading cost reduction efforts for indirects to achieve 4-5% YOY improvement in total cost

  • Overseeing key supplier relationships to ensure mutual value and continuous improvement

  • Preparing annual budgets and provides guidance for key expenditures and annual purchase price variance and cost reduction forecasts

  • Interacting regularly with the CFO, Division Presidents and top executives at major suppliers

  • Closely manages and co-leads the capital equipment approval and acquisition process

  • Working closely with internal customers and stakeholders to carefully define scopes of work, specifications and requirements to cost effectively meet company requirements

  • Carefully managing the contracting process ensuring best total value for the company including but not limited to payment terms, warranty, uptime, progress payments, service and support

  • Directing the work of groups of employees (leads through managers and other professionals)


The above statements are intended only to describe the general nature of the job and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of position responsibilities.


You are the kind of person who is/has:

  • a proven leader

  • able to build and influence relationships

  • entrepreneurial


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management or related field OR equivalent education and experience

  • Fluent in English and primary language used in area of responsibility

  • At least ten years experience in sourcing, purchasing or supply chain management

  • Strong knowledge of indirect categories for manufacturing, contracting best practices, and expertise in negotiating complex agreements  

  • Previous supervisor or managerial experience

  • Working knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning systems and Word, PowerPoint, Excel  


Preferred Qualifications:

  • SAP experience

  • Knowledge of e-sourcing tools


Additional Knowledge & Skills:

  • Deep knowledge of Sourcing, Purchasing, Commodity Management, negotiation strategies and techniques, and supplier relationship management

  • Proven leadership, influence and motivational skills

  • Organized, flexible and easily adaptable to changing conditions; ability to adapt to different cultures and effectively lead teams in locations

  • Execute decisions and actions after consideration of both Company and Business Unit objectives; ability to make confident, fact-based decisions balancing risk

  • Ability to work well in high pressure situations in order to meet deadlines

  • Expertise in delivering change programs to switch suppliers to achieve lower cost, improved service while maintaining supply continuity

  • Must be comfortable with public speaking and delivering presentations to senior executives which include: CEO, CFO and Division Presidents


Travel Required: 

  • % of Travel: 20-25

  • How often: As Needed

  • Where: Domestically


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Work Location: 

  • Wauwatosa, WI (Hybrid eligible)

Briggs & Stratton, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, provides innovative products and diverse power solutions to help people get work done. Briggs & Stratton is the world’s largest producer of engines for outdoor power equipment, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of lithium-ion battery, standby generator, energy storage system, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton®, Vanguard®, Ferris®, Simplicity®, Snapper®, Billy Goat®, Allmand®, SimpliPhi®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in more than 100 countries on six continents.


Briggs & Stratton is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. The Company conducts all employment practices without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran's status, pregnancy, genetic information, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law. Briggs & Stratton also undertakes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for protected veterans.

Nearest Major Market: Milwaukee

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