Strategic Sourcing Manager in Mobile, AL at Austal

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Mobile, AL

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Austal shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.  Austal’s commitment to equal employment opportunity applies at all levels of employment, in all job titles, including the executive level, and to all employment actions, including but not limited to decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion. 

REPORTS TO: Senior Supply Chain Director

SUPERVISES: Strategic Sourcing Specialists

GENERAL PURPOSE AND SCOPE: As a member of the Strategic Supply Chain group will play a significant role in the performance and success of the function and the group. Will encounter all aspects of strategic sourcing and related complex tasks.


•      Ensuring subordinates, within the positions scope, provide timely responses to

       inquiries from all personnel inside and outside the Department.

•      Skillfully balancing the price, delivery, quality, service and value tradeoffs and

       rationalizing the supply base.

•     Ensuring all Supply Chain policies, procedures, guidelines and instructions including

      those regarding the procurement of materials and particularly the ability to keep

      confidential information regarding all purchasing or commodity strategies confidential

       (and in some cases, within the supply chain function exclusively).

•    Providing assistance to related departments when applicable

•    Assisting Sourcing Specialists, in the negotiation of short and long term agreements

      for raw materials, parts, subassemblies, finished goods, MRO materials, equipment

     tooling, supplies and/or services from suppliers.

  • Leading and/or assisting Sourcing Specialists within the positions scope with supplier site audits and investigations when required.

•    Conducting business in accordance with Austal policies, procedures and business

     ethics guidelines.

•    Providing input to commodity strategies, projects and reporting when requested.

•    Reviewing statements of work when required

•    Working under pressure and in some cases, tight deadlines.

•    Working under minimal supervision.

•   Participating in price book activities.

•   Keeping subordinates motivated and focused on task.

•   Conducting performance reviews for subordinates and providing constructive

    feedback for them to improve their performance, productivity and efficiency.

•   Being the escalation point for issues not resolved by subordinates.

•   Ensuring subordinates follow all plant wide safety and health policies and procedures.

•   Other duties as assigned.


•   12-14+ years purchasing experience required; preferably in a Contractor Purchasing

     System Review- U.S. defense environment.

•    Preferred work experience includes performing: Material and service sourcing activities

     (quoting, analyzing, negotiating, reporting and purchase order placement); supplier

     rationalization activities

     (adding/removing suppliers and familiarity with Approved Supplier Lists, Bid Lists, and

     small business requirements); order follow- up activities (expediting, de-expediting and

     statusing); ERP system familiarity; discrepancy resolution activities (invoice  

     discrepancies), non-conforming

     material cases and repair/rework material authorizations); data mining; market analysis;

     dealing with traffic, routing instructions, and interaction with the laws governing direct

     and indirect purchasing; interaction with senior management and suppliers; establishing

     and gaining support for commodity/purchasing strategies; writing service contracts;

     leading projects and teams;

     managing high risk purchasing activity as well as high volume purchasing activity.

•    3-5 years supervisory experience and/or lead responsibility required; More than 5 years

     Direct supervisory and/or managerial experience preferred.

•    Bachelor’s degree in Business or closely related field preferred; Master’s degree in

     Business or closely related field preferred; certifications preferred: A.P.P., C.P.M.


•    Experience working in materials management, material planning and/or production

     planning positions is desired. Microsoft Office at the intermediate skill level: Word, Excel,

     PowerPoint, Internet

    Explorer, Outlook; Access a plus.

ERP/MRP: IFS preferred; others like BAAN, SAP, JD Edwards and Oracle are acceptable.

•     General understanding of how to read blueprints/drawings, interpret specifications and review statements of work.

•     General understanding of the Uniform Commercial Code, U.S. Government FAR, DFARS and ITAR requirements.

•     General understanding of enterprise quality system functionality (e.g., ISO 9000, AS9100, TS16949, etc.).

•    General understanding of ERP systems and MRP logic

DIRECTION EXERCISED: Expected to lead and direct the work of subordinate team members.

DISCRETION EXERCISED: Full discretionary authority to assign work, establish performance standards, correct performance, apply disciplinary measures and recommend pay increases for subordinate team members.

LIAISES WITH: Within Austal: Tactical Buyers, Sr. Purchasing Manager, Senior Director of Supply Chain, Senior Management, Materials Program Managers, Material program staff, Senior Logistics Manager, Compliance Coordinator (Supply Chain), document control and other administrative department personnel. External: Suppliers.