Operational Management Rotational Position

My client, Suominen (Windsor Locks, CT), a world leader in the nonwovens industry with US facilities also in Bethune, SC and Green Bay, WI, as well as international locations in Finland, Italy, Spain and Brazil, is looking to hire a Sourcing Coordinator.  This is a rotational position where one may initially spend 6-12 months in Windsor Locks and then similar time periods in the other US locations as well as communicate with the international locations to gain a greater understanding of the company, its manufacturing processes and total supply chain.  Reporting to the VP, Sourcing, this position will support the Global Sourcing Team by initially handling administrative duties related to functional activities and growing into category management.. 

This is an optimal opportunity for someone with a business, supply chain or operations management education and little, or no experience in sourcing (but a great desire to learn) to become part of a dynamic company in an ever-expanding and growing function – supply chain.  Entry-level positions of this nature, where one can learn and grow under the mentorship of experienced supply chain professionals, are very rare.  Coupled with that is the prospect for career advancement in sourcing, as well as other functional areas – operations, quality, manufacturing – etc. – all depending on the individual and his/her interests and capacity for development and advancement.  


Position Responsibilities

·         Responsible for updating and maintaining sTrack savings activities for the corporation

·         Facilitate activities regarding establishment of annual site savings targets

·         Prepare documentation for and facilitate monthly savings meetings

·         Prepare and distribute documentation concerning sourcing and supply chain team meetings

·         Update materials forecast and distribute forecast information as required

·         Track working capital metrics by site and determine opportunities

·         Help track activities regarding supplier quality

·         Develop global spend categorization reports

·         Track raw material spend by site on a monthly basis

·         Update rebate tracking forms as needed

·         Update raw material pricing on a monthly basis

·         Update raw material forecast files as needed

·         Track and categorize indirect spend

·         Manage car lease program

·         Update supplier contracts in global database

·         Help create and document sourcing processes as required

·         Category management as required, which includes strategy development and negotiations

·         Hotel and travel management in North America and possibly expand

·         Special projects as assigned

Requirements:  We are seeking someone with 0-2 years of sourcing or supply chain experience with 0-2 years of business systems familiarity (i.e., Oracle, SAP – ideal, but not mandatory).  Additionally:

·         Strong organizational skills

·         Strong interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral)

·         Strong Microsoft Office skills especially Excel, Word and PowerPoint

·         General business and financial knowledge is helpful

·         Some minimum buying and contract experience would be beneficial

·         Preferred 4-year degree in Supply Chain, Business or Operations Management

Position Specific Requirements:

·         Foreign language skills could be a benefit (Spanish, Italian, Finnish)

·         Supply Chain certifications could be helpful.

Resumes should be emailed ASAP to:  karlahammond@sbcglobal.net   –   860-267-2690


Karla Hammond

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