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 category leaders to optimize spend and support the overall category strategies for  Cylinders, Hydraulics and Cabins. Spend is a forecasted average of $20 Million per year and the number of suppliers is expected to be between 25 and 30. The Sourcing Specialist is an important member on 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. 

Main tasks and responsibilities


  • 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 a plus but not required 




  • Minimum of 3 years of purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment is required. 
  • Experience working with Cylinder, Hydraulics, and Electrics 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.
  • 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%.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Knowledge in Total Quality Management, Lean Manufacturing, ERP/MRP systems
  • Supply Chain optimization is valued.
  • Proficient in the use of Google Suite, including Sheets, Slides & Microsoft office software, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and MS Project.
  • Professional ISM affiliation/certification strongly desired. 

You will be part of


Kalmar currently employs more than 4,800 professionals worldwide. One of our most important values is: We do it together. We value team skills, as well as innovativeness, customer orientation, and a willingness to commit to continuous improvement. We work closely with our customers and partners - across language, cultural, and professional borders. We see diversity as a common strength and valuable resource for Kalmar’s future.

Interested to join?


Please submit your resume/CV to be considered!

Kalmar is part of Cargotec

Kalmar is the global leader in sustainable cargo handling for ports, terminals, distribution centres and heavy industry. With our extensive electric portfolio and global service network, we help our customers move towards safer, more eco-efficient and productive operations. Together, we develop innovative solutions that shape the future of our industry, improving our customers’ every move.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2022 totalled approximately EUR 4 billion and it employs around 11,500 people.