Global Sourcing Commodity Buyer

Date: Nov 24, 2023

Location: Nashville, TN, US, 37228

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

We are one of the leading manufacturers of water heating and water treatment technologies in the world. We are a $3.5 billion company with 140+ years history and we employ more than 12,000 individuals globally who pride themselves on providing the world with innovative water technology. We are committed to Continuous Improvement, not just in our factories or processes, but in our people.

Primary Function

The Commodity Buyer will have responsibility for supporting all major global sourcing activities, strategies and objectives related to their assigned commodities for the three North American business units. 


  • In this role you will be responsible for $50M in direct spend responsibility (approximate).
  • You will support Commodity Managers and Sourcing Directors in developing and executing strategies to support the business units and the advancement of the function’s processes, technologies, and overall maturity.
  • Responsible for all sourcing activities for the commodities assigned.
  • Initiate, develop and support strategic opportunities to maximize the value of the assigned commodities 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 targets for the Global Procurement team.
  • Interface with multiple functional areas within a matrix management organizational structure (e.g., Product Engineering, Plant Operations, Finance, etc.). 
  • Establish strong communication and coordination with the Commodity Manager.  Work jointly to develop cost reduction and value enhanced procurement opportunities. 
  • Meet and exceed all objectives for assigned commodities.  Personal objectives to clearly support Global Procurement objectives in aggregate.
  • Travel to manufacturing facilities and supplier facilities as required. 
  • Provide leadership in understanding the total spend profile, the needs of internal customers, gathering market intelligence, and supplier relationship management.
  • 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.
  • Provide excellent ongoing communication with all operational facilities concerning research for pending negotiations, sourcing progress, and decisions made on finalizing Supply Agreements.
  • Perform other activities as needed or as directed.

We Offer

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.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business, or related field.  MBA a plus.
  • Minimum of 7+ years of related work experience.
  • Impeccable moral character and high ethical standards.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to operate effectively across a matrixed organization.
  • Understanding of various cultures and business practices.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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