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Business:  Kalmar
Job Function:  Sourcing

Ottawa, KS, US

Sourcing Specialist

Kalmar keeps global trade moving. Our innovative solutions contribute to every fourth container movement in the world and help transform the future of cargo handling. We believe in collaboration, delivering on our promises and that people make the difference.

Purpose of the position

A Strategic Sourcing Specialist is accountable for representing the Kalmar Ottawa plant in working with a steel category to optimize spend and support the overall category strategies for  Global Steel Category. Spend is a forecasted average of  $25 Million per year and the number of suppliers is expected to be between 10 and 15. The Sourcing Specialist is an important member of the sourcing team and must work well with operations (Quality, Planning, Finance, etc.) as well as the engineering team on projects or new product development. Essentially this position is leading all supplier related activities, both for ongoing production as well as new product introduction. The position requires excellent leadership and negotiation skills to manage supplier relationships. The Sourcing Specialist needs to select suppliers based on strategy as well as to clearly communicate priorities and expected results from their suppliers. 

Key Accountabilities

  • Drive profits using cost saving strategies and project management skills to effectively lower component & manufacturing costs.
  • Implement cost improvement strategies by suppliers to achieve cost targets.
  • Demonstrate teamwork with colleagues to achieve results.
  • Optimize the supplier base for their respective category group and spend responsibilities.
  • Develop & implement category strategies and negotiate with suppliers with heavy emphasis on quality, delivery and cost. Collaborate strategies with global category managers.
  • Select and develop suppliers to achieve world-class results on quality, delivery and cost.
  • Demonstrate a business mindset with sustainable results.
  • Develop and implement action plans to continuously improve their suppliers.
  • Complete project work for the Ottawa plant or other parts of Kalmar.
  • Implement and maintain proactive supplier management that continually improves a small, high performing supply base through a supplier performance measurement and development program

What you’ll need to succeed:

  • Minimum bachelor degree in business, finance, or engineering.  MBA is a plus but not required. Professional ISM affiliation/certification strongly desired.
  • Minimum of 3 years of purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment is required. Experience working with Steel commodities is a plus
  • Excellent contract management and negotiation skills. Proven and documented cost reduction skills.
  • Ideal candidate will bring purchasing/sourcing/supply chain experience with an in-depth knowledge of people and processes, preferably with an OEM or tier 1 supplier environment.
  • Value Engineering/Cost Reduction & Standardization experience highly preferred. 
  • Project Management experience. Knowledge in Total Quality Management, Lean Manufacturing, ERP/MRP systems and
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills. Fluent in English, other languages are a plus.
  • Experience with an ERP system. Preference given to those with INFOR LN system experience.
  • Domestic and possible international travel requirements are estimated to be 5% - 10%.
  • Proficient in the use of Google Suite, including Sheets, Slides & Microsoft office software, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and MS Project.

You will be part of:

We offer you a position in a global organisation where you are challenged with interesting and diverse tasks. These tasks will provide a great opportunity for you to grow professionally.

Kalmar offers a comprehensive benefit package including health, vision, dental, voluntary life/disability insurance upon first date of employment.

  • As low as $0 premium!
  • 401k program with company match (after initial waiting period)
  • Personal time off and company-paid holidays
  • You may also be provided with a company cell phone, laptop and credit card, all to be used for the purpose of conducting company business
  • Opportunities for career growth and competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Paid training
  • Company mentoring program
  • Tuition reimbursement for job-related continued education

Interested to join?

Please submit your resume/CV today for consideration!


Kalmar is part of Cargotec

Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to the heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move. www.kalmarglobal.com


Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2020 totalled approximately EUR 3.3 billion and it employs around 11,500 people. www.cargotec.com

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