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Sourcing Specialist

Date: Dec 30, 2020

Location: Eden Prairie, MN, US, 55344

Company: MTS Systems

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A thriving environment for learning, innovation and growth.


Why do so many people join MTS Systems Corporation and stay for a career? Because this is a place where you get to apply your creativity, work with smart people on fascinating projects, and make a positive impact on people’s lives. It is a place where you can learn, innovate and grow professionally.


Transforming what’s possible with cars, aircraft, bridges, wind turbines and space-age materials — this is work we dream about as kids. At MTS, it’s a rewarding career path for talented individuals who are willing to work hard, think hard, and commit to solving complex and critical challenges for our customers around the world, many of whom are leaders in their respective industries.


By joining MTS, you’ll have access to the latest tools and technologies, along with the support of colleagues who are passionate about their work. You’ll discover a dynamic culture of continuous improvement that extends to our people, one that offers numerous ways to expand your knowledge and advance your career. And because we are a global company, your work may also include world travel.


Our business is thriving. Our future is exciting. Your potential is unlimited.



Primary Objective:

This position supports category management in the promoting, and implementation of our sourcing strategies and projects that drive excellence in supplier quality, delivery, and cost for assigned commodities and projects. Direct responsibility for cost down projects, supplier price negotiations, supplier selection, supplier performance management, and problem resolution.


Major Areas of Accountability:

  • Support category managers in the development, promotion, and execution of global category strategies with defined plans for cost savings, service level agreements and risk assessment.
  • Lead sourcing projects and negotiation with suppliers to improve cost, service, quality, and inventory.
  • Provide rigorous analysis of spend data, major commodity price fluctuations, and market trends to prioritize and launch sourcing initiatives within designated spend/categories.
  • Analyze current spend and evaluate current suppliers. Consolidate spend across our supply base to create leverage, analyze purchasing trends and develop sourcing alternatives. Identify new high potential suppliers on global basis.
  • Deliver year-over-year net cost reductions for commodities and program that fall within assigned responsibility.
  • Develop and use a competitive bid process to ensure we have the best possible pricing.
  • Responsible for strategic supplier relationships and performance.  Both lead and support in business reviews with top suppliers and regularly re-evaluate supplier ranking.
  • Support new supplier qualification, new product development activities, and customer projects as required, to include supplier visits and audits.
  • Develop and implement risk mitigation strategies and recovery plans for sole sourced suppliers, EOL material, and supplier capacity issues, to prevent or mitigate interruptions in supply.
  • Become a subject matter expert in assigned commodities through external research, benchmarking and analyzing cost drivers and life cycle costs. Provide market intelligence and category price trends.
  • Promote continuous improvement of productivity and efficiency of sourcing processes throughout the organization as assigned.
  • Provide timely, accurate, and complete reports on supply chain conditions and project.
  • Possesses and applies a comprehensive knowledge of a particular field of specialization to the completion of complex assignments.
  • Works at or near a category manager level.  High competency in all areas above. 

  • Provides significant input into the category strategy and supply chain strategy and can promote and sell projects to the organization. 

  • Is very effective at working through roadblocks.

  • Works independently on assignments with a minimum of instruction and supervision

  • 10-15% travel required.


Education & Experience:

  • B.A./B.S. in related field and 6+ years previous logistics, purchasing, or supply chain experience;
  • AA and 8+ years related experience, or High School (or equivalent) and 10+ years related experience.




MTS Systems Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital status or veteran status.

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Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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