Senior Product Development Purchasing Manager

Ontario, CA

Role summary

The Modern Space Senior Product Development Purchasing Manager is responsible for partnering with engineering and leading project management activities.  Additionally, this position provides subject matter expertise and is a source of knowledge for assigned categories, supplier cost improvement/reductions and new product related tasks. Your goal is to ensure a database of potential suppliers exists and cultivate working relationships to ease the process of acquiring materials and/or services that ensure on time delivery of new product introduction within the company’s budget.


 Essential responsibilities

  • Serve as single voice for Supply in support of product development.
  • Develops and executes supply chain project plans for new product development projects
  • Solves complex problems and identifies innovative solutions related to supplier issues and purchased components
  • Assesses supplier related risk and proactively manages risk and escalates when necessary
  • Works closely with sourcing/procurement, and product development project teams to ensure alignment and execution of sourcing activities that support sustainable results
  • Work closely with senior Supply Chain leaders to provide real-time situational updates and mitigation strategies
  • Develops and maintains procurement rules and regulations
  • Buys goods and services.
  • Evaluates price, reliability, quality, technical supports and availability of goods and services
  • Accountable for on-time delivery of purchased material, at (or below) planned costs
  • Negotiates pricing with vendors to reduce total material cost
  • Identifies constraints that may impact production schedules
  • Works in a cross-functional team environment as a strong team player and demonstrate ability to work with other functional groups to achieve company-wide goals
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Preferred qualifications

  • 10+ years of related experience as Purchasing Manager, Senior Buyer, or equivalent
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, supply chain, or other relevant fields
  • Proficient in MS Office, ERP systems, and math
  • Knowledge of procurement strategies
  • Proficiency in MRP systems
  • Experience in aerospace or large scale store fixture manufacturing
  • Prior experience in rapid growth environment

Ideal skills

  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Forward-looking, strategic-minded, and action-oriented
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, volatile, and ambiguous environment
  • Work independently, lead projects, multi-task, and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
  • High level of commitment to quality work product and organizational ethics, integrity, and compliance
  • Skilled problem-solver, communicator, influencer, and decision-maker
  • Communicate at the executive level and manage stakeholder relationships
  • Build rapport, establish partnerships, and leverage network to achieve results through others
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Team oriented with a strong ability to multi-task and to work in a fast-paced environment to multiple deadlines
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills with the ability to prioritize effectively and efficiently

Physical considerations

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to work in a seated position for extended periods
  • Must be able to use fingers, hands, and arms at computer keyboard for long periods of time
  • Must be able to work in a standing and/or walking position for long periods of time
  • Must have ability to speak clearly and distinctly and hear and be heard and understood in person and by telephone

Modern Space/Korden is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to veteran status, disability, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or other protected characteristics. If you need special accommodation for the application process, please contact Human Resources. 

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