Director- Sourcing and Purchasing

  • Akron, OH
  • Full-time

Company Description

Our Client has been in business for over 80 years. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, our client is the leading manufacturer and marketer of branded healthcare and fitness products for the rehabilitation, therapy, and professional wellness markets. Through its Performance Health portfolio of market leading products---including Thera-Band®,, Biofreeze® , and Prossage brands--- They are the number one provider of product solutions to physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, chiropractors, and professional massage therapists. 

Job Description

The Sr. Sourcing Manager will be responsible for planning and executing the strategic sourcing plan, in support of the company's growth objectives. The objectives will include costs, quality, and delivery targets as well as new product development / launches.  He / she will report to the Global Supply Chain Director.


Desired education:
• B.S. degree in science or engineering field preferred, B.A. in business from an accredited university considered
• MBA and or CPM / CPIM designation strongly desired
• Lean manufacturing and or six sigma green belt or higher preferred
Desired experience:
• A minimum of ten years progressive sourcing experience including international, packaging, logistics & supply chain, strategic sourcing, cost savings / continuous improvements, and commodity functions
• A minimum of 5 years management or leadership experience desired
• Extensive experience working in low cost supply base regions such as Asia and/or Eastern Europe is preferred including overseas manufacturing / sourcing transfers
• Must possess experience with driving service improvements and reduction of total cost of procurement
• Must have a proven track record of identifying and leading cost reduction initiatives
• Must possess strategic sourcing experience including complex contract and pricing negotiations and supplier development and relationship building
• FDA, ISO regulated industry experience is required
• Track record of contributing to supply chain process improvements, and / or continuous improvements
• Demonstrated ability to drive change
• Experience tracking, analyzing and publishing market trends on key commodities
• OTC or pharmaceutical contract filling experience is desired
Desired  interpersonal skills:
• Capable / comfortable working and thinking in a strategic environment
• Must possess the ability to influence and drive internal decisions 
• Excellent global communication (oral, written, presentation and interpersonal) and organizational skills  (clear, concise and direct)
• Must have strong negotiation, convincing, and influencing skills
• Exceptional integrity; operating at the highest level of ethical standard, is required
• Ability to cope with ambiguity & complexity
• Must possess strong listening skills
• Must be comfortable meeting with / presenting to executives and senior management
• Must  be results oriented
• Must be flexible, dynamic, and proactive 
• Must be self motivated and capable of motivating others
• Must possess good teamwork and collaboration skills
Desired technical skills/abilities:
• Must possess core sourcing skills including: industry analysis, negotiations, commercial agreements, competitive inquiry, supplier analysis
• Must possess an aptitude for, and/or interest in, technical topics,
• Must be interested in learning technical details / specification requirements of the materials / finished goods
• Good ERP or SAP process understanding are necessary capabilities
• Must be able to effectively manage multiple projects
• Must have strong PC software application knowledge using Excel, Word, Access and PowerPoint
• Must have good problem solving ability
• Ability to manage, drive and demonstrate results financially
• Knowledge in supply chain management
• Must be an expert in negotiation strategies and tactics
• Strong commercial / business acumen skills
Miscellaneous / other:
• Must be able to travel on short notice for extended periods of time (alone)
• Knowledge of global supply base is required

Additional Information

Our Client offers a comprehensive benefits package with a salary commensurate with your experience.  Please forward your resume with salary requirements.  We are an equal opportunity employer. M/F/V/H.  We manufacture latex within our facilities.


Our Company is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages all qualified candidates to apply for any position we currently have open. We offer competitive compensation, outstanding benefits and the professional advantages of an environment that supports your development and recognizes your achievements.

"All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines".

Keywords: ERP, SAP, Global Supply, OTC, Lean, Six Sigma, Sourcing, Director, Purchasing