• Procurement and Supply Chain Manager

    Job Locations US-IL-Sycamore | US-CO-Colorado Springs
    Posted Date 4 months ago(9/14/2018 1:44 PM)
    # of Openings
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    J. Walter Becker founded IDEAL in 1916 and made a promise that is still an important part of the way IDEAL operates today: "An IDEAL product will provide a value greater than the price paid for it. Service is a part of the product." Becker's foundational principle represents our everyday commitment to you. It's the driving force behind our partnerships with the world's leading distributors, a state of the art delivery system, outstanding customer and technical support and variety of operational benefits designed to save you time and money. It means we're proud of the way we do business.


    IDEAL brings you products that make your job easier; products that you can rely on, with warranties you can trust; products that are available whenever and wherever you need them. Every IDEAL product comes with the promise made by our founder more than 90 years ago. 












    For nearly one hundred years the name SK has been synonymous with quality.  Today, SK is proud that its nearly 3000-item product line is manufactured in the U.S.A. With forging facilities in Colorado Springs, Colorado and a brand new, state of the art manufacturing and distribution center in Sycamore, Illinois SK has evolved into a stronger, more customer driven company than ever before. As SK nears its one hundredth anniversary, it is focused even more solidly on quality control, new product design, and providing automotive professionals with the most innovative and reliable tools available anywhere, at any price.







    Our growing Professional Hand Tool businesses needs an experienced, cost-conscious Procurement and Supply Chain Manager to lead our purchasing and procurement operations. We’re looking for a product-savvy professional who has extensive experience in negotiating and procuring commodities, raw materials and finished components for the IDEAL Tool Group of companies including SK Professional Tools and Western Forge.  The ideal candidate and will institute innovative policies to save the company money and manage the logistics on all aspects of purchasing supply chain. Specifically, we’re looking for someone who can lead steel procurement across our group as well as negotiating contracts on finished hand tool products that will be sold to the US Government in large quantities.  Developing relationships with both existing suppliers while finding new suppliers who can meet our needs more efficiently, is critical.  This position will report to the Group President of the IDEAL Tool Group with two direct reports.


    This role can be based in our Chicagoland (Sycamore, Il) or Colorodo Springs, CO location.


    Procurement and Supply Chain Manager Responsibilities and duties

    • Develop, hone and execute new improved procurement strategies across all channels of purchasing
    • Evaluate and enhance our operations in local spend while researching and prospecting developments in global spend
    • Delegate tasks and supervise the work of purchasing and procurement agents across both businesses
    • Manage every aspect of the supply chain and notify the senior management team of any possible obstacles to ideal efficiency and cost savings.
    • Institute policies and procedures for collecting and reporting key metrics that will reduce our overall expenses while increasing productivity
    • Perform cost analysis and set appropriate benchmarks
    • Coordinate deliveries
    • Create policies and procedures for risk management and mitigation
    • Procurement Manager Qualifications and skills
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Supply Chain Management
    • 10+ years’ experience in procurement or purchasing
    • 4+ years’ experience in Global Supply Chain
    • Experience in the hand tool industry is a plus
    • Excellent managerial and training skills


    • Excellent communicator and creative thinker, with an ability to use both data and intuition to inform decisions.
    • Excellent analytical skills.
    • Expert negotiator with proven negotiation successes
    • Able to work as part of a team and successfully on an independent basis
    • Able to deal with people at all levels
    • Attention to detail and drive for results
    • Possess and business acumen in order to understand operational interaction between departments and suppliers
    • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time in a fast-paced environment


    Candidates should exhibit:

    • Problem solver and creative thinking
    • Adaptability in a changing environment
    • Ownership Taking
    • Collaboration across multiple functions
    • Resourcefulness to get the job done
    • Results Oriented


    IDEAL INDUSTRIES is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.


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