Direct Sourcing Manager

Pivotal Talent Search

Job Description

The Direct Sourcing Manager will work closely with our supply chain team and senior leadership to drive competitive advantage and value creation. We will look to this role to identify new opportunities for savings and process improvement, drive execution by taking a hands-on approach in negotiations and process creation, and shape how we make important data-driven sourcing decisions. This role will build the best in class sourcing capabilities and a lasting process as well as achieve target savings. This role is critical to our proliferation of solar, energy storage, and energy efficiency in the US market.

Essential Functions:

  • Creates and implements a best in class procurement strategy to drive best in the highest level of performance in materials sourcing inclusive of potential new categories of goods
  • Designs and implements category strategies utilizing various value levers that deliver improved cost, reduced risk and more efficient processes
  • Interfaces and collaborates with internal team members and senior leadership for procurement support, including understanding of stakeholder spend, jointly setting procurement priorities, and executing continuous cost and performance improvement strategies
  • Helps build and strengthen strategic relationships: successfully partnering across varied functions and levels with senior internal stakeholders, external suppliers, agencies and colleagues to drive results and influence change
  • Makes recommendations as changes occur in business drivers, reporting requirements, and organization structures, understanding the implications on the overall business
  • Provides guidance to our supply chain team on sourcing strategies in support of the business' short-term and long-term plans
  • Serves as a subject matter expert to the supply chain and leadership teams in the development of plans for implementation
  • Develops and implements strategies to proactively manage down costs
  • Works with our Director of Business Intelligence to implement tools and dashboard reports as needed
  • Identifies, documents, and implements opportunities for continuous improvement
  • All other duties as assigned by manager

Location: Remote


  • The ideal candidate will have experience sourcing Finished Goods within a wholesales distribution environment
  • Strong foundational knowledge of purchasing and sourcing principles such as: TCO, supplier collaboration, design to cost, risk management, price leverage, organizational design, global sourcing, etc.
  • Minimum 5 years of global purchasing experience
  • Experience assessing and driving transformational improvements across purchasing and sourcing organizations
  • Ideal candidate will have a background in sourcing transformation and have executed such projects whereas a specific process was deployed and such could be deployed
  • Demonstrated aptitude for analytics with in-depth Excel knowledge
  • Experience with the development, implementation, transition, and/or entire overhaul of sourcing and purchasing models to support supply chain initiatives
  • Ability to synthesize diverse ideas, facts, and data into a cohesive analysis that includes problem statement, solution hypotheses, and robust data analysis to support recommendations
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
  • Ability to exercise strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent customer service and interpersonal skills with colleagues and suppliers
  • Ability to act as a flexible and innovative team player with a roll-up-the-sleeves attitude and a hands-on approach
  • Previous sourcing or purchasing consulting experience
  • Bachelor’s degree ideally in Engineering field, Advanced degree in related fields or MBA is preferred
  • Proficiency with ERP/MRP/DRP systems a plus - NetSuite preferred

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