Sourcing Specialist

Job Locations US-FL-Jacksonville
Posted Date 3 months ago(1/13/2020 1:53 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Supply Chain/Purchasing
Employee Type
FT - Regular Full-Time
Position Level


The Sourcing Specialist drives and coordinates sourcing efforts in preparation for material and service procurement. The role’s focus will be on cost savings, supplier development, pre-procurement strategy, and negotiation of supply agreements.  Entails daily interaction with internal business unit and supply chain stakeholders, and suppliers. 


  • Support Operations, Supply Chain, and Accounting goals to reduce material costs, streamline supplier portfolio, negotiate optimize payment terms, and ensure transparency in spending.
  • Analyze spend data to identify and execute cost-savings, cost-avoidance, and value-analysis/value engineering (VA/VE) opportunities within assigned product lines, commodity groups, and business units.
  • Become a “functional expert” of strategic sourcing within assigned product lines and commodity groups.
  • Develop and implement strategic purchasing procedures and control systems to reduce direct costs and carrying costs. (ex. VMI & strategic stocking agreements.
  • Manage and develop relationships with suppliers to attain maximum cost efficiency, leverage buying power, develop capabilities, ascertain stability, and anticipate supply disruptions
  • Provide sourcing support and guidance to buyers, R&D, marketing, and facilities staff in preparation of procurement.
  • Support recovery activities and prevent supply disruptions of materials caused by business closures, accounting delays, upstream raw material shortages, etc.
  • Participate in business segment category meetings to collect and relay relevant sourcing assignment details.
  • Ensure compliance to relevant government regulations, third-party certifications (ex.ISO, NIJ) and company policies within assigned product lines and commodities.
  • Ability to train or mentor plant buyers as needed
  • Ability to influenceand lead indirectly


  • Minimum of five (5) years sourcing or procurement experience preferred
  • Project management experience a plus.
  • Five (5) years experience within a manufacturing environment.
  • Four-year (4) degree in a business, economics or finance discipline.
  • Supply chain related certification such as APICS CPIM preferred
  • Strong negotiation skills, with the ability to engage and manage suppliers
  • Knowledge of industry or plant specific measuring processes, including LEAN mfg.
  • Knowledge of government procurement process, DFAR and contract language
  • Knowledge of import and domestic purchasing, related documentation and logistics
  • Ability to navigate material specification processes and conventions.
  • Strong organizational, follow-up, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Concise and pro-active communication skills with ability to lead indirectly
  • Team oriented and comfortable working with cross functional teams
  • Creative thinking, constructive, positive attitude
  • Microsoft Office skills to include Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Occasional travel to vendor locations or trade shows
  • Walking through various part of facilities, including stairs





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