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Sourcing Manager I

Date: Mar 26, 2021

Location: Appleton, Wisconsin, USA

Company: Voith Group

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About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

For the Voith US Inc., Production Support department, we are looking for:

Sourcing Manager I  
Appleton, WI


Summary – Purchases materials, equipment, supplies and services for manufacturing of a specialized or complex nature in accordance with prescribed purchasing regulations and procedures, based on assigned VOITH Material codes/assigned workload. Reviews and analyzes purchase requisitions, investigates and develops sources of supplies, prepares bid specifications, issues bid requests and reviews quotations. Interprets purchasing procedures to departments and vendors, as a specialist in assigned material categories, which require a degree of technical/manufacturing knowledge.


Responsibilities –

  • Processes difficult and unique purchasing transactions according to state and federal statutes, policies established by the Wisconsin contract law and institutional policies and procedures. 
  • Examines and analyzes departmental purchase requisitions for completeness and accuracy of information; contacts department or initiator to clarify or complete information; determines method to process requisition based on dollar amount, timeliness required, existing open contracts, and/or competitive bidding. 
  • Identifies and selects vendor to procure requisitioned commodities, meeting criteria such as price, quantity, quality and delivery date and places orders. 
  • Identifies requesting department’s needs and develops and refines specifications for commodities, supplies or equipment.
  • Interviews sales representatives to develop new sources of technical supplies.
  • Interprets and communicates purchasing procedures to departments; assists departments in initiating requisitions and orders, and solves problems with orders.
  • Writes and distributes complex and technical bid invitations or requests for proposals; receives and analyzes bids, quotes, proposals, and awards the contract. 
  • Resolves purchasing problems between department and vendor.
  • Development of sourcing strategies that support Appleton Manufacturing in cost, quality, and delivery.
  • Engage with Appleton Manufacturing to understand business needs and key supplier selection criteria. Identify, prioritize, & lead manufacturing costs and delivery projects.
  • Work with Appleton Manufacturing to setup a proactive scheduling and planning for external services
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Qualifications –


  • Proficient in use of computers utilizing Windows based programs as well as being able to learn and utilize SAP as well as legacy systems for every day work requirements.
  • Strong communication skills, both, verbal and in writing with good customer relation skills.
  • Pertinent organizational skills necessary to meet deadlines, work under stress and perform in a multitasking role.  
  • Ability to operate independent of daily direction, i.e. "sees what needs to be done and does it." if necessary works overtime.
  • Knowledge about manufacturing processes and ability to read manufacturing documents.
  • A good technical and commercial aptitude with the ability to read drawings and bills of materials is required.
  • Be able to read and understand supplier contracts and make necessary change recommendation to the legal department.
  • Some travel will be required within the NAFTA region to visit and follow up with suppliers with exposure to industrial environments.
  • Minimum of a two to three year experience in the pulp and paper or supporting industry is required. 
  • Certified Professional Buyer (CPPB) with a technical degree.
  • Use of the system functions and corporate procurement tools are a requirement.
  • Need to have strong SAP system knowledge.


Physical Demands -

* This job description is not all encompassing, however, is intended to be a general description of the responsibilities of this position.


Voith US Inc. is an EEO/AA/VEVRAA compliant Federal Contractor and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

Nearest Major Market: Appleton
Nearest Secondary Market: Oshkosh