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Sensata Technologies, Inc. Sourcing Manager, Aerospace in Thousand Oaks, California

The Global Sourcing team within our Global Operations organization is seeking a Sourcing Manager to provide leadership and support to develop and implement global sourcing strategies for $150M of direct material & indirect spend categories for our Aerospace Business. The incumbent will be accountable for prioritizing and executing an evolving portfolio of strategic sourcing initiatives to drive cost reduction, ensure capacity and supply continuity, delivery performance as well as managing and leading value analysis/value engineering (VA/VE) efforts to optimize spend categories to enable achievement of business unit and organizational objectives and goals. Collaborates with key stakeholders and works cross-functionally in developing and executing sourcing strategies in support of company’s growth strategy. Establish world‐class supplier development and relationship management practices. Assess external market trends and conditions to identify opportunities and risks in supply categories. Ensure sourcing efforts leverage market intelligence, should‐cost modeling, TCO analysis, and e-Sourcing techniques & tools. The incumbent will support New Program Introduction (NPI) initiatives, work with Engineering on design-to-cost activities, and execute strategies with the purpose of winning new business. Implement procedures for reviewing supplier performance against contracted obligations/service levels and business expectations. Provide guidance to tactical procurement teams. Ensure process integrity through compliance with internal policies and controls, laws, regulations, and ethical standards set by the company and government authorities, specifically ITAR and EAR. Drives a culture change of continuous improvement and organization excellence.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Actively manage the end-to-end strategic and procurement process

  • Provide innovative strategies for optimizing sourcing effectiveness

  • Coordinate with both Corporate and BU stakeholders to establish and implement long-term strategic objectives to continually enhance BU’s market position

  • Accountable to performance metrics (KPI’s) and drives initiatives to ensure goals are met and on-schedule

  • Vendor performance and issues resolution management

  • Internal customer support and issues resolution

  • Create forums for cross functional cost reduction projects and manage execution accordingly

  • Ensure key negotiations are being delivered; coach Make site team as required

  • Management and advocacy of procurement processes

  • Utilization of strategic procurement policies, procedures, guidelines and tools

  • Utilization of contracts management, negotiation and market intelligence skills

  • Utilization of spend and price analytics skills

Skills Required | Critical Competencies:

  • Strategic Thinking and Thought Leadership : Ability to see ahead and thinks in terms of possibilities; creates a clear vision and strategy, thinks broadly and understands interdependencies

  • Influencing Skills and Lateral Leadership : Ability to build relationships and credibility across the organization; demonstrates managerial courage; leads through influence not authority; strong negotiation skills

  • Executional Excellence : Ability to get things done and multi-task; acts with a sense of urgency; willingly takes on tactical roles to achieve objectives; able to prioritize

  • Sourcing and Procurement Proficiency : Strategic sourcing expertise and understands sourcing methodologies and tools; understands external market fundamentals, utilizes should cost models; business and financial acumen

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in purchasing, engineering, or business administration

  • 5+ years of Sourcing or Procurement experience

  • Significant experience in procurement for an Aerospace company

  • Experience performing in a complex, matrix environment

  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing sourcing strategies yielding measurable business results

  • 15-25% travel is expected

Additional preferred skills/experience:

  • Oracle ERP Experience desired (R11 and/or R12)

  • Proficient with Microsoft suites

  • Six Sigma/Lean Manufacturing experience strongly desired

  • ISM certification (CPM, CPSM, etc.)


This position requires potential access to technology controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the successful candidate must be a "U.S. person" as defined in the ITAR and EAR. In order to be a U.S. person for ITAR and EAR purposes, you must: (i) be a citizen or national of the United States; or (ii) be a lawful permanent resident (i.e., "green card holder") of the United States; or (iii) have been admitted to the United States as a refugee, or have been granted asylum, provided that you have applied for naturalization within six months of the date you first became eligible, and if not yet accepted, you are actively pursuing naturalization after two years from the date of your application.


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