Job Title:

Tier 1 Supplier Relationship Manager - Direct Global Sourcing

Business Area:

Supply Chain


Lexington, KY USA

Job ID:


Tier 1 Supplier Relationship Manager - Direct Global Sourcing

Tier 1 Supplier Relationship Manager – Direct Global Sourcing

The Tier 1 Supplier Relationship Manager is responsible for leading a cross functional team, managing identified categories of spend, its suppliers and internal stakeholders, and developing a sourcing strategy with one of our key Printer Contract Manufacturers.  Scope of the category management includes both current production and new product development.

Key responsibilities

  • Create global category sourcing strategies with cross-functional teams and gain management and key stakeholder alignment for execution
  • Understand the spending patterns, external supply market and Lexmark business needs to modify the sourcing strategy accordingly
  • Utilize the sourcing processes and steps to drive world class results and optimize supply base
  • Manage and coordinate sourcing activities globally
  • Initiate and drive communication and project plans to ensure effective delivery of savings and other deliverables against the sourcing strategy
  • Interface with the business leaders and lead the cross-functional team to execute the aligned sourcing strategy which may include the development of RFx, use of eSourcing tools, bid evaluations, supplier evaluations, negotiation strategy, negotiations, supplier selection and contracting.
  • Deploy project management strategies to support the sourcing strategy and initiatives.
  • Lead performance reviews with key suppliers and internal stakeholders to evaluate supplier performance and make recommendations to address issues and exploit opportunities.
  • Establish systems and procedures to ensure and enhance overall supplier performance by facilitating activities with a cross functional team.
  • Communicate and resolve supplier related issues as they occur in other areas of the business such as Planning, Operations, or Engineering.

Experience and Skill Requirements:

  • BA/BS degree required (MBA is a plus)
  • 8-10 years of sourcing experience with demonstrated knowledge of sourcing process, strategy and market drivers (International sourcing experience with Asia purchasing a plus)
  • Expert in influencing across functional and regional boundaries
  • Experience in contractual and business negotiations
  • Experience with leading global teams
  • Experience with supplier value management and leading continuous improvement projects
  • Cost management practices, with history of delivery against targets
  • Proven negotiation and analytical skills
  • Excellent cross-functional leadership skills and the ability to influence others
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Project management skills

Key Attributes

  • Strategic Negotiation
  • Detail Oriented
  • Time Management
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Persistence
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Relationship Building
  • Communication and Active Listening
  • Creativity and Problem Solving
  • Passion