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Purchasing/Commodity Manager - Electronics

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Date: Jan 12, 2019

Location: Lebanon, TN, US, 37090

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

About Us

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. As a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation is at the center of the trend. We are a $3 billion company with over 140 years of history and more than 16,000 employees worldwide. Our emphasis is on hot water and clean water; we are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment as well as a supplier of water purification products in a number of emerging countries.  


With manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, A. O. Smith has the global reach to serve customers worldwide. We have sales and distribution in more than 60 countries around the world. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement, not just in its factories and its processes, but in its people.  To learn more about our culture and community, visit our website at


This position sits at our Lochinvar location in Lebanon, TN, (just east of Nashville) which offers a newer facility, quick & easy commute and plenty of things to do nearby!  Relocation assistance to the Nashville area will be available to highly qualified candidates.    

Primary Function

As the Commodity Manager, you will be responsible for the strategic development, implementation and continuous improvement of a competitive supply chain related to assigned commodities for all manufacturing facilities.  

What is Great about this Opportunity?

  • You will be joining a stable, growing organization committed to strong financial performance, strategic acquisitions, global expansion and the highest ethical standards of conduct.
  • You will be representing a company that makes products that improve quality of life and are considered top of the line.
  • This is a highly visible, high-impact role, offering an opportunity to engage with several departments across multiple organizational business units.


  • Initiate, develop and recognize strategic opportunities to maximize the value of the assigned commodity to both the internal and external customer.
  • Work with related operational areas to gain an excellent understanding of commodity applications in various operations.
  • Maintain an excellent communication and rapport with each manufacturing facility concerning ongoing use of assigned commodities and needs for current and future discussions/negotiations with supply base.
  • Work with all Commodity Managers, Operations, and Product Engineering to meet and exceed annualized cost reduction target for the Global Procurement team.
  • Interface with multiple functional areas within a matrix management organizational structure (e.g., Product Engineering, Plant Operations, Finance, etc.). 
  • Provide leadership to the cross functional team involved in the resourcing, problem resolution, commodity development or negotiation strategy as needed to execute the approved supply chain strategy.
  • Establish strong communication and coordination with the Global Sourcing Manager.  Work jointly to develop cost reduction and value enhanced procurement opportunities outside the United States. 
  • Meet and exceed all objectives for assigned commodities.  Personal objectives to clearly support Global Procurement objectives in aggregate.
  • Travel to manufacturing facilities as required which may include international travel.
  • Develop excellent knowledge concerning all facets of the supply chain from suppliers’ sources to end customer concerning manufacturing processes and final application of all assigned commodities.
  • Possess demonstrated skill set concerning computer-based applications such as ERP systems, inventory replenishment systems, etc. in support of negotiated supply agreements.
  • Other responsibilities may be assigned as necessary.


  • Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 5 years of related work experience
  • Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) and Electronic Design Service for product development negotiation experience required.
  • Proven success in a self-motivating, results-oriented environment.
  • Excellent record of successful strategic sourcing initiatives (total cost of ownership, cost analysis, financial impacts, and time value of money).
  • Excellent applied negotiating skills (tactics, techniques, strategies).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and able to communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills to serve as a project lead across multiple functional areas.
  • Excellent computer-based skills including spreadsheet development, charting, word processing and PowerPoint capabilities
  • Familiarity with electronic and electrical components used for PCBAs, Wire Harnesses and Displays. 
  • Understanding of electronic/electrical industry practices and terminology.


We Offer

Great people make our organization great and because of that, we offer a comfortable working atmosphere for our employees in our newer state-of-the-art facility, employee discounts on water filtration products, a competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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