- Cost management
- Analysis skills
- Supply chain management
- Microsoft Excel
XALT Energy is a leading developer and manufacturer of large-format lithium ion battery cells and associated modules & packs.
Utilizing its state-of-the-art production operations, proven technology and talented human capital, XALT Energy delivers practical, cost effective and well-engineered energy storage and usage solutions to its global customers in marine, commercial transportation, stationary power storage and defense industries.
Based in Midland, Michigan, XALT Energy continues to expand its knowledge and expertise to explore and evaluate next generation lithium ion battery technology and engineered solutions for current and future applications.
If you value creativity, entrepreneurship and operational excellence, we encourage you to consider XALT Energy as your career path.
Position Title: Commodity Specialist (Non-Metals)
Reports To: Purchasing Director
Status: Regular, Full-time
Location: Midland, MI
The Commodity Specialist is responsible for all purchasing activities to support the XALT Energy strategic sourcing plan and R&D/Engineering development programs. Leads all procurement and sourcing activities for assigned commodities and projects by enlisting fully capable suppliers to ensure cost, quality and delivery objectives are met.
Leads all commercial and supplier management activity for assigned commodities
Initiates and executes a Market Analysis and Commodity Strategy for assigned commodities that includes a strategy for supply base development and optimization by commodity
Generates raw material forecasts from complex sets of data and analysis of various feedstock markets
Manages all supply chain factors of total cost for assigned commodities consistent with business plans
Development of material strategies that mitigate financial and business risk
Initiates and leads material cost savings activities through workplans
Leads make/buy decision process for assigned commodities
Acts as top commercial agent for with responsibility for all purchased material / service costs
Assures compliance to XALT and Freudenberg best business practices for all purchasing activities
Works closely with R&D/Engineering teams to ensure alignment with the supply base and technologies
Acts as the primary interface with the supply base for all commercial matters
Creation and execution of Purchase & Supply Agreements (contracts)
Creation and maintenance of mutual non-disclosure agreements with the supply base
Responsible & accountable for successful completion of managing cost and completing key assignments, projects as defined by direct manager.
Demonstrate ability and/or development of the primary and secondary skills outlined in the Purchasing Competency Model
Other duties as assigned
Domestic and/or international travel required. Travel approximately 10 - 20%.
Special Circumstances on the job:
The candidate requires a combination of purchasing and business management skills sufficient to lead the managed groups to higher levels of performance. A solid understanding of purchasing systems, cost management, supplier development and the technical aspect of manufacturing processes are essential to success. The candidate must be capable of promoting and selling concepts at all levels of the organization through sound analysis and business judgment. The candidate must perform with a minimum of supervision and be a demonstrated team player.
Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Engineering, business or equivalent
Recent college graduate to 7 years of work experience in Purchasing or Supply Chain Management with a desire to work in a commercial role
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Ability to communicate / interface across all organizational levels
Goal oriented with high self-motivation and problem solving skills
High energy, good presence
3 to 7 years of work experience in Direct Materials Purchasing
Experienced, strong negotiator
Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize
Excels in a fast-paced, intense learning environment
Experience with MRP systems, SAP preferred
Demonstrated potential to advance to positions of greater responsibility and impact
Interfaces effectively as a team player internally and externally
Proficiency in MS Office software (especially Excel) and experience with document control, including engineering drawings releases and revision control.
Ability to understand and interpret component drawings and material specifications
Materials Management & Logistics Concepts
NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by staff assigned to this position. The above statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills that may be required. All staff may be required to perform duties outside their normal responsibilities as needed.