Sr. Buyer – Logistics and Transportation
Work Mode: Remote
Location: Kohler, WI or Remote
Leveraging strategic sourcing best practices, this role supports Kohler’s Transportation teams with analytics, industry insights, category strategies, vendor management and facilitation of competitive bids. The ultimate responsibility is to secure the best-in-class transportation partners and solutions at competitive rates to maximize value for the transportation function. This is a critical aspect of the Kohler business, ensuring inbound supply chain performance for our manufacturing operations, as well as outbound performance for all customer delivery channels
Partner with Transportation and Business leaders to determine the best portfolio strategy to support Kohler’s growth and cost-containment requirements, execute competitive bids, and secure the right carriers and solutions to deliver the desired results.
Strategic Sourcing, RFP Facilitation, and Negotiation
Everyday execution requires confidence, heightened curiosity to dig deep into the business, action-orientation, and effective communication and project management skills.
Engage deeply in the business to understand needs and identify opportunities for cost reduction and performance improvement
Monitor macroeconomic trends and cost drivers (fuel, labor, capacity) to inform the sourcing and negotiation process
Collaborate with Stakeholders to define sourcing strategies that unlock potential from within our operations
Independently manage multiple, complex sourcing events, ensuring the highest standards of objectivity, fairness, and ethics
Use analytics to provide sound recommendations for negotiation and awards
Lead cross-functional teams to identify and capture value through the negotiation process
Contracting and Risk Mitigation
This role acts a liaison across multiple parties to, uphold the standards and policies of the company, and protect the company from risk.
Partner with legal and internal business teams to standardize and negotiate contracts that secure business value, mitigate risk to Kohler, and ensure supplier performance
Guarantee adequate supplier certification to Kohler’s Standards
Educate clients and recommend steps to mitigate, manage, and avoid inherent risks in the industry and explicit risks identified with suppliers.
Protect Kohler and its employees from risk, by assuming responsibility for the best-in-class sourcing and procurement process and compliance to our Policy
Category Strategy Development
Effective category strategy development is the key to delivering breakthrough results for the business. Through a proven method of gathering pertinent information, this role will partner closely with the business to determine the approach and align on recommendations.
Analyze Kohler’s spend within the category to understand rate, mix, and volume trends
Continually evaluate the industry, with specific attention to emerging technologies and solutions, prospective suppliers, and global and local economic shifts
Identify and isolate nuances within the categories to develop a portfolio perspective that balances cost, quality, scale, and capabilities.
Identify the solutions and partners that align most closely to our business needs to fuel the sourcing strategies
Present Strategies and recommendations to business executives to secure alignment priorites and business objectives
Collaborate and coordinate with category leaders in EMEA, APAC, and other markets to share insights and leverage Kohler’s scale where possible
Self-Development and Management
Our business is a people business, so we need talent that leans into the opportunity with curiosity, brings a drive for results and an approach that builds on collaboration to deliver better-than-imagined outcomes.
Set clear, objective, assertive goals that make creativity and accountability necessary.
Invest in your own development to elevate engagement and maximize results
Live and model the values and beliefs of Kohler, celebrating diversity and inclusion, recognizing the greater impact of our work
Lead with a balance of optimism and pragmatism, leveraging the strengths of others to unlock our potential.
Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Operations, Business or Engineering.
Minimum five years of professional experience and two years procurement experience preferably working within the transportation field.
Proficient in use of all common computer Microsoft Office software applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
Previous SAP experience desirable
To fully demonstrate our commitment to the health, safety, and wellbeing of our associates, we are requiring all U.S. based team members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. We believe this path forward further strengthens our workforce and the future growth and resilience of our company and community. Individuals with medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from getting the vaccine may request an exemption from the vaccine requirement.
Applicants must be authorized to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future.
Why Work at Kohler Co.?
Kohler Co.’s mission is to contribute to a higher level of gracious living for those who are touched by our products and services. We understand that it takes investment in our associates’ development to make that happen. So, we offer ongoing investment in each individual’s personal development and the opportunity to collaborate with others across functions and roles at Kohler.
In addition to the investment in your development, Kohler offers a benefits package including a competitive salary, health, vision, dental, 401(k) with company matching, and more!
Beyond the competitive benefits and compensation, Kohler proudly offers a rich history, steeped in creativity and a commitment to our associates and communities. We invite you to learn more about our culture and company at www.kohlercompany.com.
It is Kohler’s policy to recruit, hire, and promote qualified personnel in all job classifications without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran. If, as an individual with a disability, you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Kohler Co. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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