JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for all aspects of supplier management within a defined commodity scope. Under the framework of a lean/JIT enterprise, develop an in-depth understanding of the commodity and global marketplace. Defines key objectives and performance criteria of suppliers, in quality, delivery and total cost both domestically and in Best Cost Countries (BCC).
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
In conjunction with Manager of Sourcing and Supply - MSI, evaluate supplier performance and work towards continuous improvement. Define strategic direction for supplier improvement both at the macro and micro levels. Identify attributes required for suppliers to sustain a competitive advantage for Henderson. Utilize the Supplier Performance Metrics process to guide continuous improvement and strive to achieve Best of Best (BOB) status for key suppliers. Plan and schedule visits to suppliers to assure communication of Henderson expectations and identify supply deficiencies.
Coordinate and assist in implementation of lean/JIT inventory management systems including kanbans, stocking plans and other pull systems and milk-run delivery methods. Utilize MRP and other tools to support established production schedules and expedite any exceptions as required. Assure Henderson ability to meet the required perfect ship objectives year round. Streamline the supply chain process from order to delivery of product. Collaborate with the Planners, local GSS representation and other Business Unit personnel to understand and fulfill Operations’ needs.
Collect and analyze data sets from multiple sources to facilitate decision making in support of strategies. Prepare RFP/RFQ documents and administer processes to achieve best total cost for Henderson. Drive continuous improvement of total cost and achievement of margin improvement for mutual benefit.
Comply with Standards of Work (SOWs) for GSS to support organizational objectives and leverage best practice across the company. Participate as a SOW auditor and preparation of appropriate corrective actions that will assure compliance.
Communicate results and status on a consistent basis to assure transparent progress between suppliers, GSS, Innovations, Sales, Marketing and the Business Units. Negotiate and administer major formal supply agreements and contracts focusing on mutual margin improvement and elimination of waste in the supply chain.
Develop, implement and communicate detailed three year strategic plan for the fabricated metals and other commodities, including, but not limited to: commodity drivers and influencers, Henderson competitive suppliers in the commodity, spend and cost trends, supplier performance, supply segmentation and optimal supply chain size. Secure external information through publications, meetings and seminars to serve as the Henderson subject matter expert in said commodities. Benchmark Henderson performance within defined commodities.
Utilize problem solving skills to eliminate supplier deficiencies and implementation of corrective actions to eliminate root cause failures. Facilitate replacement product and return of defective materials and appropriate financial credits/inventory adjustments. Coordinate with appropriate resources and the ECN process to assure product specifications and BOMs are accurately maintained.
Present appropriate training materials for continuous education of supplier organizations and their suppliers. Leverage supplier resources to educate the Henderson organization as well.
Support new product development in conjunction with Engineering, Operations and other departments, including new materials and manufacturing technologies, to meet product launch mileposts. Research suppliers and evaluate products as required.
Consistently conduct business in an ethical and professional manner when interacting with internal personnel, suppliers, distributors and customers. Conform to the Institute of Supply Management Code of Ethics and report any violations to the Vice President Global Supply in a timely manner.
Keep work area (tools, material and equipment) clean and orderly.
Participate when feasible with teams formed to create continuous improvement efforts in systems and procedures.
Follow Company safety rules; maintain safe work area and equipment. Promptly report or resolve any unsafe condition.
Follow Company policies and procedures regarding work and conduct.
Manage projects and lead teams as assigned.
Serve as GSS representative for New Product Development projects as assigned.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Education: Four year college degree in procurement, supply chain management, industrial management, business administration or equivalent. A.P.P., C.P.M., CPSM, CPIM, CPSC certification or active pursuit of certification is highly desirable. Experience in lean and ISO environments is a plus. Bilingual skills a plus.
Henderson Products, Inc. is North America’s leading manufacturer and upfitter of heavy-duty municipal snow and ice work truck equipment.
Our products are used by an array of customers including state departments of transportation, cities, counties, townships and other governmental agencies. As a custom manufacturer, we have the unique ability to meet nearly any application and equipment specif...ication our customers require. With six installation and service locations, Henderson Products ensures our customers the most complete snow and ice fighting solutions and service available.
In 1946, Henderson Manufacturing was founded by Ollie Henderson in Cedar Rapids, IA to manufacture agricultural attachments and spreading equipment. Ollie moved Henderson Manufacturing to Manchester, IA in 1958. Today, our products include a wide range of innovative dump bodies, snow plows, sand & salt spreaders, anti-ice systems, pre-wetting systems and combination bodies for heavy-duty trucks, as well as state-of-the-art brine production and management equipment. All of our products are produced in our 175,000 sq. ft. facility. Unlike most manufacturers, Henderson offers many custom features and benefits in each product category that improve user convenience and safety. Henderson's commitment to customers has earned it the reputation as "The Dependable Ones".
Regional preferences are taken into account so that performance, desired features and all necessary functions are satisfied for each customer. This level of customer commitment has helped position Henderson as a preferred source and recognized complete solution supplier of snow and ice control equipment. We are proud that Henderson has the unique capability to offer integrated solutions for our customer’s municipal snow and ice control work truck requirements.
Henderson is proud to be a part of Douglas Dynamics, North America’s premier manufacturer of vehicle attachments and equipment and home to the most trusted brands in the industry. For more than 65 years, the Company has been innovating products that not only enable people to perform their jobs more efficiently and effectively, but also enable businesses to increase profitability. For more on investor relations, see NYSE: PLOW.